I'll have the Baked Lobster Thermidor and Delmonico potatoes. What should I have for dessert? The menu is huge!
Dinner Carte du Jour, The Stevens Hotel, Chicago, August 5, 1933
|by Anonymous||reply 77||07/31/2020|
My grandfather got the shad roe. 85 cents.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/03/2019|
A dollar and a half for the stuffed lobster is outrageously high.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/03/2019|
This is why people weren't fat back then. Most of the main dishes and appetizers are a Low Carb / Keto dream. I'm fucking starving now.
They had Sanka! I didn't know they used to put acidophilus in milk back then. I thought that came around in the 70s
|by Anonymous||reply 3||03/03/2019|
That is a banquet! I have a hard time eating, right now, but I think i would be chowing down if I had that menu from which to select.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/03/2019|
I assume portions were much smaller then.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/04/2019|
Have the Coupe Fantasie a la Stevens!
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/04/2019|
There's no poultry under the Steaks, Chops and Poultry. Interesting that the other poultry items (capon, guinea hen) are nearly as expensive (if not more expensive) than the meat items. Chicken used to me much more costly; thus the slogan "a chicken in every pot."
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/04/2019|
I picked the most expensive thing in every category, and I still couldn't kill a $10 bill.
No wonder Veronica Lake's character freaks out over losing 5 bucks in Sullivan's Travels. (I know, MARY!)
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/04/2019|
Gee, I can't decide: the half Guinea Hen, or the Filet Mignon as a main course?
The desserts, sadly, look terribly basic, so I think I'll finish with some Roquefort cheese. I think Prohibition had already been repealed by August 1933, no? Then I'd like a nice Sauternes to go with my cheese.
(This price list is a beautiful illustration of the effects of inflation. You know that that restaurant was surely considered very pricey, and remember, the US has never had massive inflation or hyperinflation in the 20th-21st centuries. And yet you'd still have to multiply every one of those prices by a factor of at least 15 to approximate what those dishes would cost today.)
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/04/2019|
R3, knowing nothing about nutrition and diet, posts as though he does.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/04/2019|
A few years ago, the NYPL had tons of menus that needed transcribing. The menus were from all over the world, including cruise lines. I did quite a few of them whilst I was recuperating from an accident. Pretty fascinating.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/04/2019|
Interesting that they had a designated vegetarian dish.
Now go to the thread referencing the Baccarat Hotel and find the menu for the restaurant. Hard to get out of there for less than hundreds of dollars, with the potential for paying much more.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/04/2019|
Hob Nob Coffee House and Cocktail Lounge, Honolulu,1956
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/04/2019|
It’s been ages since I’ve had a decent Purée Mongole .
A bit confusing that it appears twice on the menu, with different prices. But I shall persist.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/04/2019|
Broiled lobster I suppose.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/04/2019|
R10 Types fat.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/04/2019|
Back then a whole roasted chicken was for special occasions. You had to order them at a butcher's shop or kill your own.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/04/2019|
I have a Maxim's Paris menu from 1964..shoudl I seek out collectors?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/04/2019|
What's a Philadelphia Capon? Is it from North Philly? South Philly? West Philly? Germantown? Chestnut Hill?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/04/2019|
What's a merry widow salad?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/04/2019|
Merry Widow Salad
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/04/2019|
Veggies for me. But I love this menu.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/04/2019|
R21, that is so disgusting. I so want to try it.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/04/2019|
I'm surprised they offered a "Vegetarian Dinner" in 1933.
What, no prix fixe?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/04/2019|
The pricing is what is the most interesting thing about the menu.
Even though it was 1933, I cannot understand why an ear of corn would be $.30 and a stuffed lobster would be $1,50,
Going by the price of the entrée it seems a cheap ear of corn should be a dime or so.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/04/2019|
I'll have the crabmeat dewey. I agree with r3, so many high end restaurants had very low carb menus. Only carbs you see are potatoes , no rice, pasta or bread. I think carbs were looked at as filler for the poors?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/04/2019|
Those large hotel kitchens were like factories back then; hence the vast menu.
And the only ethnic places were red sauce Italian and chop suey joints.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||03/04/2019|
They had bread. See bottom of menu.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/04/2019|
These old menus and ephemera are so cool. It’s like looking in a time machine.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/04/2019|
The Frozen Pudding Lilly Ann sounds so ra-sha-sha!
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/04/2019|
Puree Mongole is beautiful. Kind of split pea with a dollop of tomato purée.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||03/04/2019|
They charged $.10 for bread and butter. It wasn't all you can eat breadsticks.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||03/04/2019|
What is Kaffe Hag?
The menu from the 50s sounds more appetizing and it has cocktails.
You definitely could eat like a king for $10 bucks!
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/04/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/04/2019|
R22 Coffee with whipped cream I think?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/04/2019|
Whoops. I guess that was café schlag.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/04/2019|
$10 in 1933 would be about $200 today, R33.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/04/2019|
Sauerkraut juice?? Lol.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||03/04/2019|
All the shellfish is fabulously inviting. All shipped fresh to Chicago. And so cheap. Think of the logistics. How much could a Maine or R.I. shellfisherman sell his catch for it to sell so cheaply all the way in Chicago.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||03/04/2019|
One of every thing Garçon!
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/04/2019|
[quote]Merry Widow Salad
If she fed that to her husband, I think we can see why she's a widow.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/04/2019|
They have spaghetti with liver and mushrooms which sounds very unappetizing.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/04/2019|
How much were tips back then? Did they do it by percentage?
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/04/2019|
Apparently the Stevens Hotel had a scandalous past...
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/04/2019|
This menu is such a mish mash. It's hard to read and there are TOO MANY items in each category. I found a menu online for The Flatiron Restaurant in NYC from 1907. It was for breakfast. What a hearty breakfast they served in 1907.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/04/2019|
Get the blackberry pie, bitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||03/04/2019|
My Stevens Hotel Dinner:
Frog Legs with Scallops
Strawberries and cream
I could throw a five down to take care of the food, tax, and tip.
Price today per CPI:
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/04/2019|
A book of vintage menus with gorgeous graphic designs.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||03/05/2019|
Love it - I can't help but smile when I see these old menus. Off topic - but if you were there you would be dressed appropriately - men in suits or maybe even tuxedos for dinner, women in a nice dress and hat and gloves. The good old days. If you go to midtown Manhattan these days in a suit you look like a freak. Damn tourists. Uptown is another story - you can still dress.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/05/2019|
I'm assuming this restaurant wasn't busy since it was during the Great Depression.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||03/05/2019|
I read a surprising stat (surprising to me, anyway) - that during the Depression unemployment peaked at 24.9% - horrible for sure - but everyone else was employed . It's like the Great Recession we just endured - try to get into a restaurant on a Saturday night in Fairfield County - we would go out and I would say there is no recession here.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/05/2019|
[quote] if you were there you would be dressed appropriately - men in suits or maybe even tuxedos for dinner, women in a nice dress and hat and gloves.
The downside is the men would end their dinner with a stinking cigar.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||03/05/2019|
Do they have an opening for a waitress? I can bake pies, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||03/05/2019|
We don’t hire common.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||03/05/2019|
Who are your people?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/05/2019|
I work around the corner from what was once the Stevens Hotel. The restaurants, which include a faux Irish bar named Kitty O'Shea, are geared to undiscerning tourists.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/05/2019|
Childs Restaurant, New York 1907
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/23/2019|
Thanks for posting OP. I love reading menus.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||03/23/2019|
The Brown Derby, 1947 (more pages to follow)
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/23/2019|
More Brown Derby
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/23/2019|
|by Anonymous||reply 61||03/23/2019|
Note that this from the LA Public Library's extensive and searchable collection.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||03/23/2019|
What are "Anna" potatoes?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/23/2019|
r63 Pommes Anna are still around.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||03/23/2019|
Chinese Food in LA in the '40s. I'm just going to post one page; you can search "Forbidden Palace" if you want more.)
BTW, the LAPL's collection has over 7,000 menus, and it's not just limited to LA or California.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||03/23/2019|
Sorry ... let's try that again.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||03/23/2019|
Tadich Grill (which my parents always just called "Tadich's"), San Francisco, 1961. This restaurant opened its doors in 1849 and is still in business.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/23/2019|
When my dad was a little boy, during the depression he went to see a NY Yankees game when he was 9. It was his birthday and his parents saved to get 10 cents for him to go. He was a Bronx boy and loved the Yankees. All his parents could afford to give him was two nickles, one to take the subway there and one to come home. It was a double header and he got hungry. They had no food at home and he had not eaten since 2 days before this day. He said he stared at the one nickle he had left for an hour trying to decide if he should buy a hot dog or take the subway home as it would be dark out when the double header ended. He bought the hot dog and had to walk through the dark Bronx streets for a very long distance to get home.
I thought of that and imagined my dad or his parents looking at that 1933 menu and realizing there was not one thing on there they could afford.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||03/23/2019|
R69 I was just thinking something similar - my mom told us her first job was in a Brooklyn Woolworth’s, around 1954 when she was still in High School. She worked in the glass department for .60 an hour - “A penny a minute” she joked. So even an order of chicken chow mein would have been an hour’s wage.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||03/23/2019|
Just a glass of cream, please.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||03/23/2019|
A bowl of hot water and some catsup, please! Are these crackers free?
|by Anonymous||reply 71||03/23/2019|
Yeah, R69, our parents, god bless them. They had hard, very hard. It breaks my heart. I hope they are or will go to a place where they can have whatever they want, as much as they want of food and everything else. Imagine people these days, so rich they can have whatever they want, any kind of food, planes, yachts, houses all over the world and they are usually the people who begrudge people like my dad and his family from having anything or your mom from earning a living wage.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||03/23/2019|
I’ll take spicy chick fil a. No pickles. Chick fila sauce. Waffle fries. Lemonade. No ice. Ice dream cone too please.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||03/23/2019|
Hawaiian pineapple cake !
|by Anonymous||reply 74||03/23/2019|
"The Stevens" is now known as the Hilton Chicago.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||07/31/2020|
[quote]I'm surprised they offered a "Vegetarian Dinner" in 1933.
The world’s most famous vegetarian took power in Germany that year....
|by Anonymous||reply 76||07/31/2020|
Do you think that most people -- or at least the kind of people who would dine at the Stevens Hotel--would have been familiar with all the items on the menu? So many of them seem to have vanished into obscurity. I'm sort of a foodie, but I've never heard of:
Imp. Prager Ham
Japanese Layer Cake (that probably went out of fashion in 1941)
Cream cheese with Bar-Le-Duc
|by Anonymous||reply 77||07/31/2020|