The oldest restaurant in every State

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    The Columbia is one of my favorites and has been since our family went to the original in Ybor in the late 50's
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    My Mother preferred their biggest competitor in the 1960's the Las Novidadas - ironically the Garcia family who owned the Las Novidades sold it in 1969 and bought the Burger King Franchise in Central Florida-one that when they sold it back to BK Corp in the early 2000's totaled almost 100 stores - I helped open stores 10-21
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    this is less upscale than Columbia or LasNovidades La Teresita Restaurant food is good and tons off it, always lots of local folks
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    La Teresita was one of my faves when I lived near Tampa. Have enjoyed a nice meal and great dining experience at Antoine's in New Orleans.
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    I'm calling BS on Bellingham's Horseshoe Cafe being the oldest restaurant in Washington. They switched locations multiple times the last being in 1958. If I want to eat in an old restaurant with history, I want the building and location to have history, not the menu or the name. I don't know what the oldest restaurant here is, but I'm sure it's been in the same space since before 1958.
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    There's probably a McDonalds in WA that's been in the same space since before 1958.;)
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    We have a Columbia in St.Augustine but I've never tried it. Always go to Harry's instead.
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    If any if you visit (or live in) Colorado, the Buckhorn Exchange is the real deal. Food is good, taxidermy is OLD and almost looks fake because it has been on the wall for upwards of 100 years, and they are in the original building - it stands where everything around it has been leveled at some point in the past.

    Steaks are great, game meats are cooked to perfection and the rocky mountain oysters are second only to Bruce's in Windsor.
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    Very cool! Say @g8orbill, got one for the oldest bar in each state?
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    Nice! The cover slide for the slide show is Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop on Bourbon Street; been there many, many times. Can't beat it for romantic ambiance when you're with a lady friend in New Orleans; there is no electric lighting inside, only candles.

    And then the first bar that comes up on the alphabetical-order slide show is the Peerless Saloon in Anniston, Alabama, where I've also been! Made one of my first (legal) alcohol purchases there, in fact. I was training at Fort McClellan and was under 21, but the law at the time was that active-duty military could drink at age 18. Sort of stands to reason -- how do you tell a guy he's old enough to die for his country but not old enough to buy a beer? I think they've done away with that exception now, though.

    Anyway, next bar on the list was in Kodiak, Alaska, so I haven't been to that one yet. Ha! Loving this list though! Thanks, @g8orbill!
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