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Coffee shop nostalgia in Chinatown -- Uncle's

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Coffee shop nostalgia in Chinatown -- Uncle's

Gary Soup | Oct 13, 2002 12:15 AM

The recent thread about Coffee Shop Nostalgia reminded me of Uncle's Restaurant (Clay and Waverly) in Chinatown. I often breakfasted there in my salad days (the 60's). At lunch and dinner it served retro Chinatown Chinese food, but at breakfast it looked (except for the mostly Chinese faces) like a scene from a middle-American diner of the 50's. Big plate of ham (real ham slices), eggs, hash browns, white toast and hearty percolated coffee.

I wandered by this morning to reassure myself it still existed. I had already eaten a hearty breakfast, but peeked in and looked at the menu posted in the window. Gone was the counter I usually sat at, and I couldn't tell if the industrial sized coffee percolator was still in use. But it still had the anywhere-in-America greasy spoon look (even a couple of Naugahyde booths) and the menu still promised a (now $3.95) ham-and-eggs breakfast.

Any Uncle's memories out there?

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