After all that talk about what the baseball guests were fed in 1979, I wondered what types of food were available in previous eras.
Perusing a copy of an old menu from the Lord Baltimore Hotel yields both familiar and alien items. A few of the notable offerings follow.
Under “Salads and Dressings”
Alligator Pear 40
Sliced Tomato 35
Tuna Fish 1.15
What’s an alligator pear, you wonder? Apparently its an avocado.
Under “Ice Cream”
Pistachio, Chocolate, Vanilla Sherbet 20
Orange Ice 20
The selection of cheeses is mostly familiar, aside from Leiderkratz, on offer for 25 cents:
Camenbert 30 (sic)
There are a few interesting notes at the bottom of this menu page, a reminder that World War II was still ongoing:
Saccharine available if desired
Butter Rationed to 1 Piece per Patron
Cream Rationed to 1 pitcher per Patron
Several oyster varieties were available:
Ocean Cove 60
Cape Cod 60
And some of the “Blue Plate Specials” featured seafood as well:
Boiled Finnan Haddie, Drawn Butter, Steamed Potato, Sugar Beets (Only) 1.30
Fried Silver Smelts Sauce Remoulade, Cole Slaw, Creamed Potatoes (Only) 1.10
Broiled Salmon Steak, Chives and Paprika Butter 1.30
One of the sides available was Saratoga Chips.
Finally. the note at the end of the menu explains the story of the graphic on the cover:
“Such Youth of Spirit As May Be Willing To Enter Into This Honorable Service”
The drawing on the cover portrays a recruiting scene enacted on the present site of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. The doughty soldier is promising “a bounty of TWELVE dollars, together with SIXTY dollars a year in GOLD and Silver money on account of pay’ for the opportunity of “spending a few happy years in viewing the different parts of this beautiful continent in the honorable and respectable character of a SOLDIER”…when the recruit may return home with his “pockets full of money and his head covered with LAURELS”.
Have you dined at the Lord Baltimore Hotel sometime in its long history? Email stories@lordbaltimorehotel and share your experience!