Swellest Menu Art, Part III

Mayflower Menu
Mayflower Menu

Today is the final installment of vintage menus.  The above pic is a Thanksgiving menu, a feast that Americans celebrate at the end of November, which makes all politically correct people get their panties in a wad because Pilgrims and Indians (now called Native Americans) could never possibly have shared a squash and a smile.  But whatever.  We watch football with our families, gorge ourselves on turkey and casseroles, and save room for pie.  Come to think of it, why would anyone be eating in a RESTAURANT on Thanksgiving?  Anyhoo, here are the feast details (one may click to enlarge).


Those prices are pretty steep for modern times, and this menu is at least twenty years old.  Mercy!

Here is a cute breakfast menu from Varadero International in Cuba, all in Spanish.


pic102Coffee was A QUARTER.  Can you imagine buying a beverage for ONE coin?  What would the tip be?  A nickel?  Did waitresses walk around with jingling aprons as dimes clinked against pennies?  Consider the pain involved if she chose to “make it rain up in here.”

The next menu is from the Alta Mira Continental Hotel in San Francisco.  How this hideous design ever got approved is beyond me, as it’s ugly as a 1970s appliance set.


However, I would be willing to overlook that if I could still procure either the filet mignon or the Half Lobster Delight for under $5, as advertised.


Bratten’s Grotto in Utah included actual photos on their large fold-out menu:

Cattlemen’s in Fort Worth–in bright taxi-cab yellow–had an interesting cocktail menu, which included both a Tio Pepe and a Tia Maria.

This final menu shows the name of its owner in the left corner, and its age, with the dates from 1961-1972.  I love the sea foam green, the cheese saltines, and the ten ways to prepare a potato.

Thanks for peeking back in time with me!

4 thoughts on “Swellest Menu Art, Part III

  1. What a trip. I remember ’72 very well. Food didn’t travel half way around the world and folks took pride in cooking for other folks. I didn’t see my favorite cocktail on that menu. Manhattan. what kind of heathen place was that joint?


  2. I went back and look at the Cattleman’s menu again. Oops. They did have a Manhattan. For $1.50. The last one I had was $7. I also noticed their Watergate Bugger.So I guess Fort Worth has religion after all.


    1. Okay, I’m glad you found it. $7 nowadays is a pretty decent price for a cocktail, although I’m very cheap, so that’s too much for me. Unless it tastes like heaven. Doesn’t that seem soon to have a Watergate Bugger already?


      1. Well the break in happened in summer 1972 so I think a savvy marketing sort could have had that idea that soon. I looked at an inflation calculator that I play with and it calibrated $1.50 in 1972 is equivalent to over $8 in 2012. Now ain’t that a deal.


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