San Francisco has had a long love affair with food. This week, we celebrate our long-held status as a culinary capital of the world with a look at our local restaurant menus of yore. See what was considered to be foodie fare throughout the decades.
The Ward House, which was situated on the southwest corner Clay and Kearny, was described as a good hotel, and was popular during the Gold Rush. Miners liked to show off their gold by spending it on food, and this menu (bill of fare), dated December 27, 1849, shows the Champagne, different types of meat (like curlew), and eggs (a staggering $1 each) they would have ordered up a storm. (via California State Library/Tumblr)
The Oyster Loaf Restaurant at 30 Kearny specialized in a San Francisco invention: the oyster loaf. This consisted of "a thick hunk of crusty bread hollowed out and stuffed with breaded and fried oysters." This particular menu is from the 1940s. (via Love Menu Art)
The Palace Hotel was meant to bring an air of elegance to San Francisco. If you take a look at this September 10, 1879 menu, you see that they delivered even back then. An impressive variety of Champagne, lobster croquettes, and chicken saut´ a la Demidoff made for a sumptuous meal. (via Los Angeles Public Library)