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Dinner Carte du Jour, The Stevens Hotel, Chicago, August 5, 1933

I'll have the Baked Lobster Thermidor and Delmonico potatoes. What should I have for dessert? The menu is huge!

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by Anonymousreply 7707/31/2020

My grandfather got the shad roe. 85 cents.

by Anonymousreply 103/03/2019

A dollar and a half for the stuffed lobster is outrageously high.

by Anonymousreply 203/03/2019

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 Anonymousreply 303/03/2019

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 Anonymousreply 403/03/2019

I assume portions were much smaller then.

by Anonymousreply 503/04/2019

Have the Coupe Fantasie a la Stevens!

by Anonymousreply 603/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 703/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 803/04/2019

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 I think Prohibition had already been repealed by August 1933, no?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 Anonymousreply 903/04/2019

R3, knowing nothing about nutrition and diet, posts as though he does.

by Anonymousreply 1003/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1103/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1203/04/2019

Hob Nob Coffee House and Cocktail Lounge, Honolulu,1956

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by Anonymousreply 1303/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1403/04/2019

Broiled lobster I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 1503/04/2019

R10 Types fat.

by Anonymousreply 1603/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1703/04/2019

I have a Maxim's Paris menu from 1964..shoudl I seek out collectors?

by Anonymousreply 1803/04/2019

What's a Philadelphia Capon? Is it from North Philly? South Philly? West Philly? Germantown? Chestnut Hill?

by Anonymousreply 1903/04/2019

What's a merry widow salad?

by Anonymousreply 2003/04/2019

Merry Widow Salad

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by Anonymousreply 2103/04/2019

Veggies for me. But I love this menu.

by Anonymousreply 2203/04/2019

R21, that is so disgusting. I so want to try it.

by Anonymousreply 2303/04/2019

I'm surprised they offered a "Vegetarian Dinner" in 1933.

What, no prix fixe?

by Anonymousreply 2403/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2503/04/2019

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?

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by Anonymousreply 2603/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2703/04/2019

They had bread. See bottom of menu.

by Anonymousreply 2803/04/2019

These old menus and ephemera are so cool. It’s like looking in a time machine.

by Anonymousreply 2903/04/2019

The Frozen Pudding Lilly Ann sounds so ra-sha-sha!

by Anonymousreply 3003/04/2019

Puree Mongole is beautiful. Kind of split pea with a dollop of tomato purée.

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by Anonymousreply 3103/04/2019

They charged $.10 for bread and butter. It wasn't all you can eat breadsticks.

by Anonymousreply 3203/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3303/04/2019


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by Anonymousreply 3403/04/2019

R22 Coffee with whipped cream I think?

by Anonymousreply 3503/04/2019

Whoops. I guess that was café schlag.

by Anonymousreply 3603/04/2019

$10 in 1933 would be about $200 today, R33.

by Anonymousreply 3703/04/2019

Sauerkraut juice?? Lol.

by Anonymousreply 3803/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3903/04/2019

One of every thing Garçon!

by Anonymousreply 4003/04/2019

[quote]Merry Widow Salad

If she fed that to her husband, I think we can see why she's a widow.

by Anonymousreply 4103/04/2019

They have spaghetti with liver and mushrooms which sounds very unappetizing.

by Anonymousreply 4203/04/2019

How much were tips back then? Did they do it by percentage?

by Anonymousreply 4303/04/2019

Apparently the Stevens Hotel had a scandalous past...

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by Anonymousreply 4403/04/2019

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 Anonymousreply 4503/04/2019

Get the blackberry pie, bitch.

by Anonymousreply 4603/04/2019

My Stevens Hotel Dinner:

Tomato Juice

Frog Legs with Scallops

Sirloin steak

Mashed Potato


Cucumber salad

Strawberries and cream



I could throw a five down to take care of the food, tax, and tip.

Price today per CPI:


by Anonymousreply 4703/04/2019

A book of vintage menus with gorgeous graphic designs.

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by Anonymousreply 4803/05/2019

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 Anonymousreply 4903/05/2019

I'm assuming this restaurant wasn't busy since it was during the Great Depression.

by Anonymousreply 5003/05/2019

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 Anonymousreply 5103/05/2019

[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 Anonymousreply 5203/05/2019

Do they have an opening for a waitress? I can bake pies, too.

by Anonymousreply 5303/05/2019

We don’t hire common.

by Anonymousreply 5403/05/2019

Who are your people?

by Anonymousreply 5503/05/2019

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 Anonymousreply 5603/05/2019

Childs Restaurant, New York 1907

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by Anonymousreply 5703/23/2019

Thanks for posting OP. I love reading menus.

by Anonymousreply 5803/23/2019

The Brown Derby, 1947 (more pages to follow)

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by Anonymousreply 5903/23/2019

More Brown Derby

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by Anonymousreply 6003/23/2019

And more

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by Anonymousreply 6103/23/2019

Last page.

Note that this from the LA Public Library's extensive and searchable collection.

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by Anonymousreply 6203/23/2019

What are "Anna" potatoes?

by Anonymousreply 6303/23/2019

r63 Pommes Anna are still around.

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by Anonymousreply 6403/23/2019

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.

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by Anonymousreply 6503/23/2019

Sorry ... let's try that again.

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by Anonymousreply 6603/23/2019

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.

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by Anonymousreply 6703/23/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6803/23/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6903/23/2019

Just a glass of cream, please.

by Anonymousreply 7003/23/2019

A bowl of hot water and some catsup, please! Are these crackers free?

by Anonymousreply 7103/23/2019

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 Anonymousreply 7203/23/2019

I’ll take spicy chick fil a. No pickles. Chick fila sauce. Waffle fries. Lemonade. No ice. Ice dream cone too please.

by Anonymousreply 7303/23/2019

Hawaiian pineapple cake !

by Anonymousreply 7403/23/2019

"The Stevens" is now known as the Hilton Chicago.

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by Anonymousreply 7507/31/2020

[quote]I'm surprised they offered a "Vegetarian Dinner" in 1933.

The world’s most famous vegetarian took power in Germany that year....

by Anonymousreply 7607/31/2020

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

Sauce Gribiche

Olivette potatoes

Salad Parmentier

Savarin Jamora

Bombe Paysanne

Japanese Layer Cake (that probably went out of fashion in 1941)

Cream cheese with Bar-Le-Duc

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