Sunday, May 08, 2005

Chicago, 1959

I was looking though cookbooks this morning for a dessert recipe for Mom's Day (I ended up with strawberry shortcakes with a vanilla-orange sauce and whipped cream, very nice) and this menu fell out.

I bought it a few years ago at a junk shop -- oops, I mean "antique store.". I just loved the cheesy graphics and, of course, the prices.

Here is the cover.

And the wonderfully compact wine list:

Gosh, I do wonder what sparkling burgundy tasted like!

And then a section with tonight's specials and prices. Everything seemed to be about $3, but a Sirloin Steak would set you back almost $6 in June, 1959. I still think that's too much to pay for a steak. I guess that's another reason why I'm a vegetarian.


Rozanne said...

Omigosh! I grew up in the Chicago area and I ate at the Epicurean once or twice when I was a little kid. It was gone by the '80s.

I remember very little about it, except that going there was a big deal cuz our family rarely ate in restaurants.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have *totally* been meaning to go to Breitenbush, but I sort of forgot about it! Thanks for the suggestion. It's not quite car-free but probably about as close (realistically) as I can get.

Suebob said...

I was hoping someone who had eaten there would see the menu. That is too cool.

I have spent time in Chicago, but missed the Epicurean. Too bad, because the thought of being served a can of sardines cracks me up.

I like you blog!