This menu was issued February 10, 1955, for the City of St. Louis, but someone has pencilled “3-28-1955” on it, suggesting that it was actually used on that date. The menu has four main entrées: chef’s salad, filet of sole, corned beef hash, and Spanish omelet, plus plenty of a la carte items including the broiled club steak which, at $2.50 (about $18 today) is the most expensive thing on the menu.
The cover photo shows MacArthur Park, which was created as Westlake Park in 1880 and renamed for General Douglas MacArthur in 1942. The 1926 Westlake Theater, whose large sign is visible in the photo, still exists along with the sign, although it hasn’t been used as a theater in nearly 25 years. Wilshire Boulevard was built across the park in the early 1930s despite major protests and a lawsuit that went to the state supreme court. In a couple of weeks, we’ll see a later UP menu that shows the same scene from the other side of the park.