Interested in the History of Food in LA?
If you are interested, I found a great website. The LA public library has a searchable database of menus from Local ( and not so local) restaurants. Banquet menus from 1909, Seafood restaurant menus from the '30's. the selections (prices aside) are so much more varied than I'd assumed. Anyway, check it out. It's a lot of fun, at least I thought so.
Also, the regional history databases can be found at
Great site! Needs work and I hope it continues to develop as they scan more menus.
Now that I've cruised it a bit, it is not all that specific to L.A. restaurants. Especially, when you consider the menus from Air France and the great restaurants of New Orleans.
I hope you'll post this on the Chowhound General Site. It's a great find!