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Interested in the History of Food in LA?

Jerome Jan 8, 2002 05:32 PM

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

Link: http://pubindex.lapl.org/pages/ele_ne...

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    Rafi Jan 8, 2002 06:19 PM

    What a cool link.

    As a chow-pup growing up in L.A. I always resented my parents for not taking me to Ma Maison. Now I can at least see the menu! (Don't feel bad, Dad. You're right, I would have ordered the beluga AND the foie gras.)

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      Bob Brooks Jan 8, 2002 10:43 PM

      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!

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      1. re: Bob Brooks
        Jerome Jan 9, 2002 01:43 AM

        Bob, for my own crazy reasons, If I start checking more than one board, I find it eats up (no pun intended) all my time. So I try to stick to just LA. But please, I strongly encourage you to put it up there.

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