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September 27, 2008 |  7:00 am

I loved going to the Samoa House as a youngster growing up in the Valley in
the '60s.  The rib dinners were great.  I loved the blue cheese salad
dressing.  I recall there were several different rib dinners and the prices
were probably about 4 or 5 dollars per.  On Ventura Boulevard also was Jean's
Blue Room for French food and the Aware Inn for "New Age" cooking of the
'60s.  Their salad dressing was sold in stores.  My grandmother's favorite
was the Pump Room, named after the famous Chicago restaurant where she grew
up.  The ceiling of the Samoa House had a series of huge rectangular fans
that would move slowly overhead.  If anyone has an old menu, I would be
thrilled and transported!  And, yes, the Kings Arms and Queens Arms were
special-occasion places like the Sportsman's Lodge and the trout ponds.

Carl West
'68 Grant Hi

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