UPDATE 10/05 : EZ Burger is a sort of fast food-y type casual dining establishment chain that exists throughout the state of Texas. It's actually a rather new operation. I think the EZ's closest to me was built in the early '90s. Anyway, it is meant to look that way, so that it could look suitably Fifties. They're usually good places to go to for car shows, authentic tuneage on the jukebox, etc., but they've got pretty sub par food. I don't know. I wasn't particularly impressed by their fare. I figured I could get a better burger from Burger King, a better pizza from Domino's, a better salad from any number of establishments (there's a chain we also have in this region called Jason's Deli -- that's an example), a better milkshake from several places in-town, etc., but you really only go there for the ambience. Many thanks to Deanna for update. 10-05
Abel's Coffee Shop (Demolished)
San Antonio, TX Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf
Welcome to the Earl Abel's coffee
shop in San Antonio, TX. This roadside landmark still serves up hot food
from a round mid-century style building. Check out the classic Coffee
Shop script lettering on the side.
UPDATE 10/05 : Earl Abel's is a full-service sit down restaurant that serves a limited menu of home cooking for lunch and a full menu for dinner up until a certain time period (I believe it's 10 p.m.), after which you can only get their famous fried chicken. They also have a takeout counter, from which you can get their famous fried chicken dinners as well as their famed desserts. I have very fond memories of eating from there in the early '90s. My mom and I would go over, pick up a family fried chicken meal (which includes the chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, cole slaw, and four homemade yeast rolls) and a lemon meringue pie, take it home, and eat it along with my dad and maternal grandmother. The takeout counter, like the restaurant itself, looks straight out of the '50s, and everyone who likes that restaurant wouldn't have it any other way. The internal decor in the actual restaurant itself is also very dated. The carpet is a very deep sort of blood red, the furniture looks old, everything that isn't red is a very dark brown, the counters are very Fifties... and it's all so thrilling. Many thanks to Deanna for update. 10-05
UPDATE 10/06 : Earl Abel's restaurant in San Antonio closed down in 2005 and was demolished in 2006. The site will be home to condos. The restaurant had been open since 1933. Many thanks to Bradley Schwartze for contact and link to news article. 10-06
Authors Note: During a trip to San Antonio in September 2006, Earl Abel's was sorely missed. There appeared to be another Earl Abel's looking nondescript in a strip mall just a few miles away from its old location on Broadway.