I recall my mom saying that the neighborhood to the east and north of the old Baron Hirsch Synagogue on Vollentine used to be a golf course, and if you look at it, the houses in that area are all sort of late '40s-early '50s suburban style, unlike the 1920s- and '30s-era bungalows that dominate that part of Midtown. So the timing and location would be about right for her to have been referring to the McLean-Vollintine Golf Club.
The Casual Corner on Union was in a building next to where the KFC is now. The KFC is actually right on the corner of Union and Belvedere, and Casual Corner was next door to the east. I believe that spot is a bank now.
I don't recall Gerbers ever being on Union. There was Julius Lewis a little further west, in the building where Office Max is now, and the Helen Shop further east, where the Rite Aid is now. But no Gerbers.
When people begin to gag at my suggestion they try the fish pudding, I always hasten to tell them it's NOT like vanilla pudding with fish in it, which is what they ALWAYS think! It's more of a fish souffle, delicate, savory and DELICIOUS! And perfectly accompanied by those tasty sauteed potatoes, delightfully dressed chopped slaw and better-than-my-mama-made corn bread sticks. Follow it up with a piece of their non-traditional Boston Cream Pie and you really WILL think you've died and gone to heaven!
Are you sure about the location of this? The Goldsmith's department store at Poplar/Perkins was built in 1961, and should have been visible in the background of this photo if it was indeed located at 555 SOUTH Perkins, although I note "south" or "north" is not indicated in the address in the yearbook ad. But this would have been a logical location for White Station HS students to frequent.
Check out the veggie plates at Rum Boogie. Best combination by far starts with mac and cheese (starch), turnip greens (leafy stuff), fried okra (okay, it's an acquired taste, but terrific salty crunch) and then whatever else suits your fancy -- maybe sliced tomatoes in summer when tomatoes actually have flavor, or slaw for a temperature and texture contrast. At the Cupboard, the eggplant casserole OR mac and cheese (not both or you have too much squish), green beans or turnip greens (green veggie), fried okra (there it is again) OR fried green tomatoes for similar effect, and slaw. NEVER CARROT SALAD, which is gross anywhere.
By Joe Boone
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