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Restaurant Menus of the 1850s and 60s

The University of Houston includes the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. As a result, the archives of the University of Houston Libaries include a variety of old menus that show what hotel and restaurant patrons long ago could eat. You can browse high resolution images of several menus here.

One thing that I found surprising was the concept of "breakfast wine." Barnum's City Hotel in Baltimore had a wide variety of options. Drinking spirited beverages before noon? How scandalous!

-via Boing Boing


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Crushed pineapple mixed with cream cheese. A sweet spread I recall seeing a few times long ago. You can also cheat and whip the pineapple into cottage cheese.
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