On the radio show, when someone calls to ask about a restaurant that’s been out of business for many years, most of the remainder of that day’s program will be about other restaurants that “ain’t dere no more” (to use Bennie Grunch’s famous Yat phrase).

It’s more evidence of how much we love our restaurants in New Orleans. In most other places, eateries come, serve for a decade or so (if they’re lucky), then disappear forever, leaving few memories. Here, we never forget our favorite restaurants of the past. In fact, we yearn for them, hoping they will someday reopen, or that their chefs will turn up somewhere cooking the food of old.

Extinct Restaurants is a weekly feature in NOMenu.Com recalling these cherished restaurants. The information is largely gleaned from the reviews I’ve written over the forty-one years I’ve been at this enterprise. They’re not just reprintings of those articles. That would be embarrassing, and wouldn’t include the stories of how and why the restaurants closed.

Most of these pieces, in slightly different form, also are in Lost Restaurants of New Orleans, a book I co-authored in 2011 with Peggy Scott Laborde. She dug up hundreds of visual artifacts to illustrate the nostalgia. The book is widely available in bookstores, for those who love to reminisce.

So here are all the Extinct Restaurants currently on line here. Click on any of them to read the article. A new old restaurant’s story is added every week.

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Acy’s Pool Hall
Alonso & Son
Andrew Jackson
Anything Goes
Artesia
Bacchi
Bali Ha’i At The Beach
Barrow’s Shady Inn
Bart’s Lighthouse Inn
Bean Pot
Bechac’s
Beef Baron
Beef(eater’s) Room, The Sirloin Room.
Berdou’s
Bertucci’s
Beverly Dinner Playhouse
Bistro Steak Room
Bouligny
Bounty
Bruning’s.
Buck Forty-Nine Pancake and Steak House
Bull’s Corner
Buster Holmes
C’Est la Vie
Café Atchafalaya, Dante By The River
Cafe Brulot
Cafe Pontchartrain/The Silver Whistle
Café Savanna & Adolph’s
Cafe Sbisa
Caribbean Room
Carmine’s
Castillo’s
Charles Room {Chateau LeMoyne Hotel)
Charley G’s
Chart House
Chez Daniel
Chez Helene
Chicory Farm Cafe
China Blossom
Christian’s
Clarence and Lefty’s
Compagno’s
Corinne Dunbar’s
Crozier’s And Chateaubriand
Dakota Wine & Feed. CreolA.
Delerno’s
Delmonico
Diner At Krauss
DiPiazza’s
Dragon’s Garden
Eddie’s
Eiffel Tower (Restaurant de La Tour Eiffel)
El Patio
El Ranchito
Enraged Chicken
España.
Etienne’s Cuisine Francais
Extinct Pizza Places
Fitzgerald’s
Flagons
Flamingos
Fontana’s
G&E Courtyard Grill
Gambrill’s
Garden Cafe
Genghis Khan
Gin’s Mee Hong
Hammond Highway @ Lake Avenue, Part 1
Hammond Highway @ Lake Avenue, Part 2
Harold’s/Texas BBQ Co.
Home Plate Inn
Hong Kong
Hummingbird Grill
Ichiban
India Palace
Indulgence
Jade East
Jim’s Fried Chicken
Jonathan
K&B Drugstore Soda Fountains And Bradley’s Pharmacy.
Kolb’s
L’Economie
L’Escale
La Cuisine
La Louisiane
La Riviera
Lakeview Seafood
Landry’s
Le Chateau
Le Jardin
Lenfant’s
Leona’s Il Ristorante
LeRuth’s
Lido, And Lido Gardens.
Little Greek
Little Italians
Little Pete’s
Maggie & Smitty’s Crabnett
Marchal’s
Masson’s
Maylie’s
Miss Ruby’s
Moran’s Riverside, Bella Luna
Muses
Nautical
Norby’s
Papa Rosselli’s
Peking
Pier Orleans
Pique’s Wharf, Willie G’s
Pizza Joints Of The Past: Domino’s, Artista, And Mr. Pizza
Red Onion
Restaurant Mandich
Rico’s Bucktown Café
Riverbend
Ro Jé French Restaurant
Roussel’s
Royal Castle
Ruby Red’s
Saia’s On The Lake
Sam’s Place
Savoir-Faire
Sazerac Restaurant
Sclafani’s
Sophia’s Rotisserie
Stephen & Martin
Stonebreaker’s
Swanson’s
T. Pittari’s
Tally-Ho
Tavern On The Park
Tchoupitoulas Plantation
Teddy’s Grill
The Skillet
Tipton County Tennessee Pit Barbecue
Toney’s Spaghetti House
Tortorici’s
Tula’s Kitchen
Turci’s
Uglesich’s
Vaqueros
Vaucresson Café Creole
Versailles
Victor’s
Weaver’s
Willy Coln’s Chalet
Wise Cafeteria
Zeke’s