Breakfast on Glenstone Avenue
I've never eaten at George's
But, I've had my eye on the place since it opened on Glenstone, in 1970.
Glenstone Avenue in Springfield
My memories of Glenstone Avenue go back as far as I can remember. My family lived lots of places, but relatives were anchored in Springfield. Our summer and holiday visits always began with a drive down Glenstone!
Colorful neon signs always made me giddy. Exciting smells blew in the open windows... hamburgers and car exhaust! We 4 kids shouted and pointed out our favorite landmarks.
Around 1970 there was a new sign on the busy street. George Lindsey's Steakhouse! I remember seeing a picture of George's face on the sign.
We kids of course knew him as Goober, from The Andy Griffith Show. George evidently owned a chain of restaurants, but I was pretty sure Goober was right inside that restaurant, waiting to greet us.
My family had no time for dining at George's. Both of my parents had roots in Springfield, so we had grandparents and cousins to visit. We played croquet like my grandmother once did and we ate Grandpa's Chicken in my grandparents' backyard.
My grandma, Daw had lots of food at her house. Her kitchen was always stocked with kid friendly foods before our arrival! Seems like bacon was always cooking!
Rail Haven in September
This past September, I gathered with my siblings once again in Springfield.
We came together with some spouses and youngin's, to celebrate my dad's 90th. We stayed at the iconic Rail Haven Motel.
Breakfast Next Door
After all these years I finally got to eat at George's. The '70's era building was right next door to Rail Haven.
Goober no longer smiled down from the sign, but "George's Restaurant... Breakfast Anytime" was clearly written.
TV with Breakfast
We turned down the free motel breakfast both mornings and headed over to George's.
We didn't try out the counter dining, but I was tempted to grab a stool and watch TV. The Andy Griffith Show was on!
Labor Day Crowd
Our group of 8 made it over for breakfast, early on the Labor Day morning. There were lines forming after we were seated. We couldn't turn down the $2.99 "Recession Proof Breakfast."
Don went all out and upgraded his hash browns, with extra onions, bacon & cheese. It was worth an extra 2 bucks! Our tables were covered with eggs and pancakes, biscuits and gravy... all yummy and crazily cheap!
Meeting George's Daughter
I was pretty excited when our waiter said that George's daughter, was in the restaurant at that moment. I grinned, "Oh I would love to meet her!" She was delightful when she came over to introduce herself, but it turns out here daddy George is not George Lindsey. Goober gave up the chain over 30 years ago and the restaurant was taken over by another man named George.
All I could do was laugh! My 12 year old self had thought I was going to meet Goober's daughter. The current George's daughter is delightful, though. All the employees were equally welcoming. What a fun little dining adventure! Decent food, with some amusing moments!
10/17/2021 11:18:08 pm
Remember going to the Village Inn and Cheong’s
10/18/2021 08:05:52 am
C Louis, I remember the Village Inn and a Cheong's or a Leong's, when I was a kid. I never lived in Springfield, but have such great memories from visiting relatives in town. I remember gathering with many of them at The Flaming Pit at the Lamplighter Motel, I believe. I thought that was mighty fancy and loved getting a Kiddie Prize from the treasure chest... when I was probably too old for that! I wish I could remember the Twilight Inn or Antler Tavern, or Iron Horse. I'll ask some relatives! Thanks for sharing,
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The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.