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Henry's Drive Inn

From: Steph
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:30 PM
Subject: What a marvelous and generous site this is!

Just found your website today – and am marveling over what you have been able to find.

In particular, the LAUSD recipies.  Wonderful!

My very favorite hamburger in the world, bar none, was from an iconic drive-in on Colorado Blvd. in Glendale, California called “Henry’s”.  
It was torn down in the late 60s or early 70s to build an office building but to this day, I still remember their hamburgers.  One of the 
best things was their Thousand Island dressing that was on the hamburger – as well as how the ingredients were put together.  If there is 
a heaven, and I get to go there, I will hope there is a Henry’s Drive-In.  If you can find anything about those hamburgers, how they were 
put together, and the Thousand Island Dressing, I’d love to hear it.  

Many thanks for all you do!


Los Angeles  

Hi Steph,

Sorry, I had no success with this. I found several mentions of Henry’s, but no recipes. I found more mentions of their chicken than of their hamburgers, and no mention at all of the dressing. There’s an article about the Henry’s chain here:

Daily Bulletin

I’ll post this on the site in case a reader can help.



Thank you so much for the kind and quick response.  And thank you for the article!  
I do remember Henry’s so fondly – a family of very little means was able to have a nice meal out.  
The waitresses/car hops were always so friendly.  And I still remember the motion of the waitresses 
turning the screw on the metal trays securely so our food would stay level.  
Dad’s tray was always put on his steering wheel… and the hamburgers were SO good.

I do thank you so much for bringing back a memory for me.  I may have loved their hamburgers, 
but my mom never failed to order their CHICKEN!  I had forgotten that and it brought tears to 
my eyes to remember how much she loved their chicken.  Papa always had their “chile size”.  
To this day, I’m not sure what the word “size” meant but that’s what he ordered – and a rootbeer or a malt/shake.  

Thank you for helping me remember.  How I miss them, and your answer and the article brought back a lot of very fond memories.  

From: Mark
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:27 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Re: Henry's Drive In

Dear Phaedrus,

    I saw your 08 JUL 2013 posting about not being able to find anything on Henry's Drive In from years ago 
except the link to the article about it.  Well, when you aren't able to find something I generally try to 
search the internet (to about 20 pages down on google) and found that there still is a Henry's Drive in that 
is in Cicero, Illinois.  From appearances and checking a business site it appears that it was from the 1950's 
and still going.......their big item is hotdogs, but maybe they have the thousand island sauce recipe that 
your dear reader requested.  The YELP website link is shown below...... Take Care and thanks for all you do. 

Mark R. in NJ

Henry's Drive In - Cicero

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your efforts. I don’t believe that this Henry’s in Cicero was ever part of the same chain as the ones in California. From reading the comments on that link, I get the impression that the Cicero Henry’s is a local hot dog place that only ever had the one location. The one in California specialized in “Chicken in the Rough”, and had multiple locations in California and elsewhere. The chain was based in Oklahoma. See the original article that I cited and these blog posts:

Henry's Menu

Henry's - Pomona

At any rate, Steph lives in Los Angeles. Cicero, IL is a bit far to go to find out if they have thousand island like she remembers, and I don’t contact restaurants directly.


Ronnie's Deli Sauerkraut

From: Maggie 
Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2013 7:42 PM
Subject: Sauerkraut recipe

Hi Phaed,

I saw a request on your site for recipes from Ronnie's deli. Ronnie's was a Jewish style deli-restaurant in Orlando, FL, at the old Colonial Plaza.  
I believe there was a sister restaurant in St. Pete, called Wolfie's.

They had sauerkraut, pickles, cucumber salad and cherry peppers, family style, in stainless steel bowls on each table. That, combined with their 
pumpernickel/onion rolls and corned beef hash make up many happy memories of dining there.

I think the Orlando Sentinel may have published the sauerkraut recipe at one time but I've not been able to find it. I'd sure appreciate it if you 
could, as I'd love to make some.


Hi Maggie,

Sorry, I had no success finding a recipe for Ronnie’s deli sauerkraut, nor did I find any mention that it was ever published in the Orlando Sentinel. The Sentinel did have an article on their site back in 2003 called “Remembering Ronnie's”, which had recipes for the pickles, peppers, and cabbage soup. However, as newspapers are wont to do, they have since taken down that page. I have a page here with links to Ronnie’s cabbage soup and victory cake recipes or copycats:


As for Wolfie’s, I have links to their cheesecake and coleslaw recipes here:


I do have a recipe for Ronnie’s Deli’s Kosher Pickles. If you want that, please let me know.


My T Fine Rice Pudding

-----Original Message----- 
From: Nana 
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2013 3:37 PM 
Subject: My-T-Fine's Rice Pudding 

On the back of My-T-Fine's Vanilla Cook & Serve Pudding was a recipe for 
Rice Pudding that I loved. You cook it on top of the stove & then 
chill.  I think you used cooked rice, milk & egg.  Would love to find it 
& make it again.  Jean 

Hello Jean,

Sorry, I had no success locating this recipe.


Here is the my-t-fine rice pudding recipe Jean requested:

1 box my-t-fine vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
2 eggs
3 cups milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
dash salt

Prepare pudding mix with milk in saucepan as per package directions, adding yolks from the eggs. 
Remove from heat, add cooked rice, raisins, cinnamon and salt. Beat egg whites until stiff and 
fold into rice mixture. Chill in refrigerator. 6 servings

Corn Fried with Apples

From: Jennifer
Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2013 12:24 AM
Subject: Corn fried with apple

Hi, My brother was telling me stories about some of the things our father cooked. One of the best he can remember was fried corn. 
He was young and they were on a hunting trip, and Dad made fried corn with apple in it. We are not sure if it was something his 
mom made or something he made up. He was always throwing things together that turned out wonderful. Our parents are gone now, 
and internet searches have yielded nothing. Any help would be deeply appreciated.

Jennifer D.

Hi Jennifer,

I had no success finding any recipe at all for fried or creamed corn with apple. Sorry. I’ll post this.


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