Youngblood's advertisement

When I was about 7 years old my father’s job took us to Waco, Texas. The year was 1955. King Kong still screened in some of the movie theatres, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple of most kids under 10, Eisenhower was President, the Saturday morning kiddie matinee at the 25th Street Theatre was the usual highlight of the weekend, and the best fried chicken in the world was being served 6 days a week in two local restaurants, Youngblood’s Fried Chicken and Leslie’s Chicken Shack.

Both places had outlets in other Texas cities, and when we lived in San Antonio in the late 50s, we often frequently the Youngblood’s down there (the owner kept a huge ball of string up on the shelf behind the counter, maybe four or five feet in diameter). But the places I liked best were in Waco.

And Youngblood’s was my favorite, at least in the beginning.  By the late 1950s, it was a toss-up, with a slight edge to the Chicken Shack.

 Both of these places closed their doors years ago, overrun by freeways and changes in lifestyles, but for anyone that ever ate their food the memory lives on. Here are some photographs of both places for those that remember.


Another advertisement

Youngblood's restaurant

Satisfied customers

Unique matchbook from Youngblood's featured drumstick matches



The well-known sign

The once well-known sign relegated to someone's backyard.

A last look


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  1. tduplechan says:

    Any particular memories of why the chicken at Youngbloods was so good. Spices? Crust? The chicken its self?

  2. tduplechan says:

    Any particular memories of why the chicken was so good? The chicken? Seasonings? Crust?

  3. B Bar B King says:

    As a teenager of the sixties we used to make the trek from north Waco to the “county line” to the Youngbloods Fried Chicken place on the old Dallas Hwy and enjoy some real southern fried chicken. The crunch ,the taste,the smell,make me wax nostalgic for the good old days. I also knew the Youngbloods when they lived on Fish Pond Road back in the 60’s. I ran around with Joey Williams(Williams Drug stores) and we used to visit Joe Youngblood and talk drag racing.

  4. Ed Brinkman says:

    Youngbloods San Antonio,Great Chicken,unlimited rolls & honey what memories.

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