Are you guys using Pinterest? We’re not. We’re not and we still don’t know how to feel about it as it all just sounds like a scrapbooking bulletin board nightmare. Regardless, when good things happen on there, good things happen on there, picking up like wildfire and being “Repinned” everywhere. One thing we found by way of LAist is a Pinterest board (Is that what you call it?) from the Los Angeles Public Library that features a showcasing of famous menus from Los Angeles restaurants of yesteryear.
The LAPL has been Pinning this stuff for a few weeks now and it gives a lot of insight into local design and history, too. The dates of these menus range from the 1900s to the early 2000s, ranging from places you know like Spago and Cat & Fiddle and Bob’s Big Boy to a little more obscure places like Restarante El Quijote de Rafael and Clancy’s Crab Broiler and Brenstein’s Fish Grotto. A lot are your typical mid-century design, pastel tinted photos and graphics taking up much of the space, while some are like little pieces of art, with detailed drawings and fantastic fonts and photography. Some are very simple, like a gorgeous one-off menu for Lawry’s California Center’s Salute To The Southwest they held in conjunction with The American Institute of Wine and Food.
Looking at these makes you wonder what we are going to think about in a few decades when menus from Little Dom’s and BLD and Animal and Bottega Louie pop up on here and only see listings of food. Have we locally–and globally–lost the art in our restaurant menus? Maybe not entirely; however, current local restaurant menus ain’t got shit on these. You can catch more menus below and be sure to peruse the Pinterest board for tons more.