Monday, November 21, 2011

What pleased the old foodies?

Granted, you probably don’t want to eat 135-year-old food – the pastries would be a bit stale and the poultry would have turned by now. But just in case you’re curious about what they were serving at a couple of the great San Francisco hotels in 1876, here’s a sampling from William Laird MacGregor’s Hotels and Hotel Life at San Francisco, California, in 1876 (S.F. News Company, 1877).

At the Lick House…




At the Cosmopolitan…




At the Grand…




At the Occidental…




Apparently, the newly opened Palace Hotel didn’t serve a special Thanksgiving dinner. But had you eaten across the street at the Grand, or a few blocks away at the Lick, the Occidental or the Cosmopolitan, you’d have no left-overs to snack on the next day. What to do? On Friday, is you could waddle your way to the Palace dining room, this would have been the menu on offer:

Celebrating The Day After at the Palace…



 Happy Thanksgiving!

 - Eileen Keremitsis, Reference Staff

1 comment:

Shel said...

Hello: Thank you for your posting. I really enjoyed seeing what people were eating over 100 years ago. Shel