What is on the menu? Vintage items from Coronado restaurants


The Coronado Library will host a talk by author, food blogger and food historian Martin Lindsay on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. He will explain how local restaurants have contributed to our cultural history.

The conference will be linked to the library’s exhibit titled “What’s on the Menu,” an exhibit of a collection of menus and vintage items from Coronado restaurants. Highlights include the Del Hotel menus from 1930 to 1960 (one autographed by the actors of Some Like it Hot), La Avenida, Oscar’s Drive In, The Chart House, the Little Chalet, Grumpy Dan’s Grill, Bula’s, Rhinoceros Café and Costa Azul. New menus include Chez Loma, The Henry, Feast & Fareway and Little Frenchie. It provides insight into how menu items, graphic design, and food prices have changed over the years.

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Martin S. Lindsay is artistic director, with 40 years of experience in branding and design. His firm serves the San Diego arts community, food service, and restaurant industries. He contributes to Tim Ferriss’ bestseller “The 4-Hour Chef” and to food and history blogs. His next book will be released in November: Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018: Celebrating San Diego’s Polynesian Pop Culture, Tiki Restaurants, Bars, and Food. You can read his blog at classicsandiego.com

The conference is free and open to the public.

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