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The Culinary Timeline has many links to restaurant menus. Use Google to search for old menus You may also have to try several years If you are looking for 17th and early 18th century items use the term "bill of fare.
Local restaurant prices Identify historic restaurants in your area that are still operating Local public libraries and historic societies sometimes archive old menus. Local newspapers on microfilm can be used to find advertisements for holiday restaurant specials Mother's Day brunch, New Years Eve buffet, Thanskgiving dinner.
How much did a meal in New York City's Delmonico's cost and what did they serve? The original Delmonico's menu bill of fare or carte was a simple list of basic items. Not quite the extensive gourmet fare history associates with this particular establishment.
Steinberg and Jack H. Prost, Gastronomica, Spring p. Delmonico's menu was reprinted in the frontmatter of Lately Thomas' book Delmonico's: A Century of Splendor. This extensive menu reflects the gourmet glory of Delmonico's exquisite meals and wine service.
These menu prices were expressed in British currency. This stuns contemporary researchers expecting the new United States to eschew all things British. In context, it make perfect sense. We queried William Grimes, author of Appetite City about this phenomenon.
He was kind to respond with this information: Hence the cheap restaurants that served "shilling plates. Any innovation that smoothed the flow was regarded as pure genius. Haly and Sabin's refectory on Nassau Street introduced the self-serve concept by arranging lighter dishes along a large table, allowing customers to pick and choose according to their pocket, their appetite, or their time.
For the present, New York's restaurants catered to every taste, at every price. In a fanciful sketch in the Broadway Journal ina 'gentleman in search of dinner' made a comic tour of the city's restaurants, driven from one dining spot to the next by a series of mishaps that whittled away at his bankroll of 'a half eagle and two shilling pieces.
Reaching into his pocket to pay for an absinthe at the bar, the hapless gentleman realizes that one of the two shillings he gave the cabman was actually his half eagle.
Suddenly, dinner at Delmonico's is off. He is now flat broke Brooklynites who agreed paid a shilling at Bell's for roast meats beef, lamb, veal or pork or a shilling and a sixpence for roast fowl chicken, goose, turkey, or duck.
New York] p. Sargent' in andrespectively The supplemental charges and costs of wines were what could run the check for a Delmonico repast up and up. How much would these meals cost in today's dollars?HISTORICAL USA RETAIL FOOD PRICES: SOURCES, SURVEYS & DATA  The Value of a Dollar: Colonial Era to the Civil War, prices extracted from advertisements, newspapers, commodities listings, and personal plombier-nemours.comst prices are expressed in pence/colonial scrip.
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