Brown Derby restaurant menu from 1941

Recently, David F wrote to me and said: “My mother passed away in 2008 and I was left among other things, a 1941 authentic Brown Derby menu. Her family went on a 3 week vacation out to the west cost to visit family etc. Along the way, my grandmother wrote a diary about the trip etc.. She mentioned eating at the Brown Derby and asked the manager if she could take home a menu. There is a paper clip attached to the menu holding that days “special”. The menu is in excellent shape. It is really neat.. The diary mentions seeing some Hollywood stars on the street.”

So I wrote back and asked him if he could send some photos that I’d love to see them. And he did! And he told me he was okay with me sharing it here. Thanks David!

 

Brown Derby Bamboo Room napkin

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5 Responses to Brown Derby restaurant menu from 1941

  1. Gail says:

    Fascinating… thanks for sharing this menu… btw; LOVE those prices!!! 😉

  2. OMG! I can still taste so many of those wonderful dishes. Would you like to have a copy of the original Brown Derby Cookbook by Bob Cobb? Let me know, okay? Love always, Lou & Marlon.

  3. charles jones says:

    GREAT TO KNOW WHERE THE FRANCHISE GOT ITS FAMED BEGINNINGS..THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FIND.. thanks for sharing it

  4. Steve King says:

    Wow, what I’d give to have chosen from those menus-and to look around that restaurant to see who else might be there….thanks Martin, as usual you have given us a sense of what it must have been like …

  5. cora says:

    Wow, the meals sure look very different to what they serve in restaurants today! Such peculiar items!