Original post made by john Labutski on Apr 22, 2007
An younger engineer from Huntsville was heading to Silicon Valley to a Research Center. I recommended that he go to Dinah's Shack. I was extremely upset that it had been closed. I discussed what happening to the old restaurants we used to frequent which also included Villa Felice in the San Jose. Age here is 65 and I am in a wheel chair now.However Palo Alto Restaurants and Clubs hold a lot of found memories for my Wife and I. I have a friend who is purchasing a VLJ for starting a charter service. I guess me and the wife better make the trip back again before all the old places we loved are are all gone and replaced with chain operations.
I looked up in my old travel log. I had been to Dinah's about 27 times and took cabs from the SF Airport during layovers when I flew in from other cities.
Just out of curiosity is the Tar and Feathers still there?
on Apr 23, 2007 at 9:06 am
You may be happy to know that I posted a photograph I took of Dinah's prior to the wrecking ball. It's in the "Historic Photos" section of this Town Square.
Dinah's Coffee Shop by the Pool is still there. I love that place. If it's summer, I'll take a quick swim in the pool during breakfast. I have to say, that I get more than my money's worth.
on May 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm
Hi, John. Just browsing around and found your article on Dinah's Shack. I worked as a cook at Dinah's back in about 1960. The chef was Jean Combettes, a fine French gentleman. The Chinese man who fried the chicken was called Choon.
A few years ago I published a short story about Choon, mostly true, which I called The World's Greatest Chinese lover. I even included in the story Choon's famous recipe for Fried Chicken.
on Jun 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm
My boyfriend tell me how much he enjoyed Dinah"s fried chicken and he misses it so much. Does any one out there have the recipe?
Plese e-mail it to me if you do at firstname.lastname@example.org