The all-Pullman California Limited was Santa Fe’s oldest Chicago-Los Angeles train. By 1931, when this menu was issued, it had been replaced by the Chief as Santa Fe’s premiere train, but it was still a very fine train.
This menu is very similar to yesterday’s Grand Canyon Limited menu, with sea trout instead of sea bass, ham steak instead of chicken-and-ham a la king, and roast duckling instead of prime rib. In place of yesterday’s Philadelphia Oyster Pepper Pot, this one lists Chesapeake Bay Oyster Pepper Pot. However, “Philadelphia” refers to the Pepper Pot recipe while “Chesapeake Bay” refers to the oysters, so they are probably the same soup. The table d’hôte price is still $1.75 or about $25 in today’s money.