In-N-Out’s Secret Menu isn't so secret, but Hack The Menu
has put together a list of off-book items on a bunch of fast food menus.
How do people read menus?
] Apparently we read them top-to-bottom and left-to-right, just like books! For your reading pleasure, here's a selection of menu items from the New York Public Library
, the University of Washington
, the CIA
, Derrick Bostrom
, Rusty Thomas
, Johnson & Wales
, Los Angeles
, Las Vegas
, and other places... [more inside]
Food and drink menus from the international airlines, railways, and cruise ships of decades past (Click "Digital Images" link in each carrier's thread)
. Courtesy of the Northwestern University Transportation Library's Menu Collection
What's the deal with restaurant websites? Devra First, the Boston Globe's restaurant critic, wonders too.
Previous discussion on the blue
(tangential to discussion of OpenTable).
Scans of early 20th-century American menus,
courtesy of Colorado College's Tutt Library.
Libraries are neat.
The New York Public Library has uploaded a collection of menus dating from 1851 to 1956 thanks largely to the efforts of collector Miss Frank E. Buttolph, a "mysterious and passionate figure whose mission in life was to collect menus"
and whose unique collection aroused the interest of the NYT of her day (1
Christmas Dinner, 1884.
A large online database of restaurant menus
from the Los Angeles Public Library's collection. Dating from the 1860s to the 1990s, most are from California establishments. Part of this set
of LA-related collections.
In the long stretch of culinary history,
the creation of the menu
was a notable development. In the U.S., New York
is the restaurant capital, and the New York Public Library has an enormous collection
of menus, many of which they are currently displaying
in a third-floor gallery. If you're in NYC (or will be visiting this winter) and are interested in such things, don't miss it; it's showing until March 1.
The Washington Post recently featured an article
about soup maven Patricia Solley. I believe her comprehensive soup site
is going to become a regular destination for me. Where else can you find a recipe for Spock’s favorite soup