Henry’s Restaurant, the menu

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Reader Larry Mendoza, who works at Richard Hibbard Chevrolet in Claremont, keeps a Henry’s menu in his office. The date on the menu is 1966 and the prices should either bring back memories or arouse envy.

The most expensive meal is $1.70, a burger is 70 cents, fries are 30 cents (40 cents with gravy) and Cokes are 15 cents. For carhop customers, “minimum service 25 cents per person average per car.” The signature “chicken in the rough” (half a chicken, fries, two dinner rolls and honey) is $1.50, or $1.10 on Mondays.

I reduced the tri-fold menu to fit on this page. If you want to study it closely, click on the thumbnail versions below.

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  • John Clifford

    So Chili and Beans and Chili Straight are “Spanish” dishes? What a different time.

    [Ole! -- DA]

  • http://sakionline.net Debra MacLaughlan-Dumes

    Thanks for the menu scans. They confirm that there really was a Henry’s in Alhambra and I wasn’t just dreaming it. That’s the one I remember from the late 1950s. For some reason my parents never took us to the Pomona Henry’s after we moved to Claremont in 1963. Though the prices at Henry’s look affordable, it was actually cheaper to go to drive-throughs like In-N-Out on Towne Ave. or Steakburger on Indian Hill, just south of San Bernardino Ave. Can’t argue with frugality, I guess!

  • Jerry Title

    I really don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon, Dave, but real is real. My wife, 2 small kids, and I went to Henry’s often. It was not inexpensive. Not for the times. The menu prices look great, but remember, a good salary for a young engineer (me) was $400 per month! Livin’ was easy, but not high off the hog. And this was just 50 years ago. What’s happened?

  • JMac

    Brilliant! I have scoured Ebay for years hoping to see a Henry’s menu to bid on. I love this type of ephemera, and had I known back then, that I would become a pop culture fan of the 50′s and 60′s, I’d have snapped one (10?) of these up in a heartbeat for a mere 50 cents! Thanks David, and thanks Larry. This is a nice little holiday gift.

  • Ramona

    In those long-ago days when someone said, “Wanna rough it?” we knew we were talking about having Chicken-in-the Rough. Great times!

    Suddenly I feel so old. (Probably because I am.) Someday, folks will be feeling nostalgic about Lucille’s, Chili’s and Vince’s.

    Thanks for the great memories.

  • Derek Christensen

    There…I see it, my very first encounter with a “Fluffy Corn Fritter with Maple Syrup” (20 cents, located below “Chicken-in-the Rough”).

    Didn’t know what a “Fritter” was, when I was 5 or 6, mid 1960s. My parents and I dined there (inside the restaurant, as they typically avoided “Drive-In”).

    Both were local high school teachers, so we ate out often. Also ate at Griswold’s, Soups On, Betsy Ross, Tugboat Annie’s, Indian Hills Restaurant, Cattleman’s Wharf, Castaway’s (above I-10 at Fairplex before it was Fairplex), Marie Callendars (before it became a major restaurant chain,) etc.

  • Bob House

    What a great post! I wanted to let you know about your international readership. A year or so ago I mentioned your blog and columns to my sister, a (non-practicing) architect, who now lives in the Netherlands, and she has been following them regularly. She was particularly taken with the Netherlands connection to Henry’s and discovered that she lives only a 15-minute train ride from the Academy where the two guys teach the “Lautner models” class.

    [That's neat, Bob. Gee, between your sister and the two architects (at least on the Henry's blog posts), I may have more readers in the Netherlands than in, say, La Verne. Your sister ought to take that train ride, meet up with the Lautner duo and blab about my blog. -- DA]

  • K

    Love that the telephone numbers on the back are the old Exchange style numbers, ATlantic 1-1211, CLinton 6-9206… That definitely “dates” the menu.
    Thanks for the nostalgia!

    [And didja notice Pomona didn't even have a phone number? What was up with that? -- DA]

  • Don J

    Dave, ironically I finally hit Beverly’s Pancake Corner last month in OKC — this was Mr. Osborne’s flagship restaurant from whence he launched his CITR empire…the original landmark location down the street was just bulldozed, so they’re now in a strip mall next to a Marriott.

    I can’t state how large the “Chicken In The Rough” legend looms with “Route 66″ devotees (its success as the 1st franchised restaurant chain — according to the display @ the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK — was integral to the growth & success of Route 66), so it’s perfect that Henry’s was on Foothill. The shamelessly disaffected staff @ Beverly’s in OKC had no souvenirs, & complained to me they had to buy their own Beverly’s Pancake House shirts
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/410674@N20/

    F.W.I.W., the only other 3 affiliated CITR restaurants left are in Ypsilanti & Port Huron Mich — & another across Lake St Clair in Sarnia Ontario (wrong one) Canada
    http://www.annarbor.com/news/haabs-restaurant-carries-on-anniversary-tradition-with-meals-at-1934-prices/index.php
    http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/profile_photos/213635?photo_id=34016
    http://www.restaurantica.com/on/sarnia/chicken-in-the-rough/23000600/

    [Bulldozed, eh? Sounds familiar. -- DA]

  • http://crazymommykaty.blogspot.com Katy

    Oh my goodness! This is so cool! I love things like this, thank you for sharing!
    xo
    Katy

  • RON WERNER

    THANK YOU FOR BRINGING BACK MEMORIES OF HENRYS. MY MOM {MARYELLEN WERNER} WORKED THERE AS AN INDOOR WAITRESS FOR YEARS.

    I GRADUATED CLAREMONT HIGH IN 1961, I CAN HONESTLY SAY MY FRIDAY/SATURDAY CRUISE PLACE WAS HENRYS. THE CAR HOPS WERE GREAT. REMEMBER DOUBLE PARKING? ONE BEHIND THE OTHER, WHEN THE FOLKS IN FRONT WERE FINISHED, WE BACKED UP TO LET THEM LEAVE. QUITE A FEW CHERRY LIME COKES SAW THE PAVEMENT!!!

    ONE NIGHT TWO BUDDIES AND MYSELF DROVE TO BALDY IN MY 51 DE SOTO, FILLED THE TRUNK WITH SNOW AND HAD A SNOWBALL THING AT HENRYS. WE HAD SOME WONDERFUL SIMPLE FUN IN THOSE DAYS. AGAIN, THANKS FOR THE HENRYS MEMORIES. SINCERELY, RON

  • kelly

    does anyone remember a bbq place in the 1950s 1960s in alhambra or san gabriel area. it apparently had a pig with wings out front???

    thanks kelly

  • Kevin Christians

    Lived in Claremont from ’63-’70. Henry’s was a great place to eat. All the meals were very good and their chef’s salad was the best I ever had.