WGOM Eats Out, Hollywood 1941


This February 1941 menu (click to embiggen) for the Warner Bros. Studio Cafe made the social media rounds recently. I thought it would be fun to see what everyone would order if deposited back on the Warner’s lot. To keep it fun, let’s limit ourselves to a $1.05 tab (equivalent to $22.00 in December 2022). Gratuity will be covered by the advanced being that sends us back in time. If folks enjoy this, maybe it’s an occasional feature.

What’ll ya have, Mac?

30 thoughts on “WGOM Eats Out, Hollywood 1941”

  1. I am in the mood for the lamb chops, au gratin potatoes, and am intrigued by the consomme brunoise. That leaves me without a drink but one of you will spare me a swig. I'll donate my 5 cents leftover

  2. So many fascinating options! I think I'll try the lettuce and tomato salad, the fresh vegetable dinner with a poached egg, and a French pastry for dessert.

  3. I will answer with Roasted Sirloin with the Yorkshire Pudding and a couple bottles of Pabst Bock. On another note, holy crap is that menu all over the place! I can't imagine how the kitchen could possibly offer all of those items on a daily basis, especially back in those days. Just reading over that menu stressed me out big time. Menu design has come a looooong way baby!

    1. My first thought as well. The amount of prep needed to accommodate that assortment of dishes! Tracking all that inventory in a fully-analog world! The staff training to pull off what looks like a mixture of fine dining and short order dishes! All the walk-in space!

      1. By production staff using moveable type & printing presses — no Adobe InDesign & laser printers churning out the job after getting the specials from the CdC after once they hear what deals the fish and produce guy have that morning.

        1. At least they had until 11 a.m. to get it set. I imagine they must have had numerous printing presses somewhere on site to handle scripts, newsletters, etc, that adding in a daily menu wasn't a stretch.

          1. Also I'm guessing you'd only have to switch out the middle part. The outside menu would be mostly set I'd imagine. Or maybe they have the menu with the outside selections preprinted, and they just add the inside of that center rectangle. That's where the date is. It kind of looks like a different printing on this menu.

      2. Ok, just reading this interaction brought a smile to my face. Only on this site would we go down the road of analyzing the printing of the menu. This is a good thing.

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