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Thursday, August 20, 2015

And then there is Franke's

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 8:13 PM

click to enlarge One of these vegetables could be free!
  • One of these vegetables could be free!

So I was reading Michael Roberts' post on this month's Savor the City deals (that's right; we actually read our own blogs!) and I saw that while he mentioned some fine specials, he left out Franke's. He didn't mean to. But I have a special place in my heart for Franke's.

When I was young a looooonnnnnng time ago, one of my favorite o
click to enlarge OK, not part of the Savor the City deal, but why skip it?
  • OK, not part of the Savor the City deal, but why skip it?
utings was to the library, then on Louisiana between Seventh and Eighth streets. It was a beautiful place with great big pillars on the second floor mezzanine that you could squeeze through to spy on the people below on the first floor, and a wonderful children's section and a wonderful children's librarian. So that was good. But the really great part was that after we went to the library we always went to Franke's Cafeteria and I had fried chicken and chocolate layer cake. Every time. The banquettes, if I remember correctly, were red. It seemed very fancy to me. One of my happiest childhood memories.

When I go to Franke's these days I order chicken (if I'm not eating with skinny people who make me feel guilty) and vegetables and pie. Until the end of August, I could go have my Franke's meal AND GET ONE VEGETABLE FREE! Would it be the fried okra? Perhaps. Does that mean I can't have my favorite pie, pecan? No. Here's the link to the list of Savor the City deals if you don't believe me.

And if you, too, thought a trip to the library and lunch at Franke's was just about the best day you ever had as a child in the late 1950s and early 1960s, chime right in. 

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