1963 Santa Fe Dinner Menu

Today’s menu features Autumn Aspens, a painting by Fremont Ellis (misspelled Freemont on the menu cover). Born and raised in Montana, Ellis became a self-taught painter and photographer who was eventually settled in Santa Fe. He would photograph scenes and then paint them, adding color from memory, often varying the season.

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This dinner menu offers customers three different kinds of meals. On the a la carte side are three sandwiches, five salads, and Boston baked beans. The other side offers five entrées with beverage, bread, whipped potatoes, and either peas or a chef’s salad. If you want both the salad and peas plus a dessert, there is a “Dining Club Special” that offers three entrées, two of which are among the less-deluxe entrées.

For example, the Southern fried chicken with whipped potatoes and peas is $2.65 (about $20 today). For an extra 35 cents (under $3 today) you also get chef’s salad and dessert–a good deal as they are worth as much as $1.10 on the a la carte side. Not quite so good is the halibut steak, which is $2.40 in the less-elaborate version but still $3.00 as a club special. The third club special, “braised choice steer beef,” is even less attractive as it suggests a low-quality cut of meat.

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