Good food and vintage menus

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids starts today! For 11 nights, over 60 local restaurants are offering special, three-course meals. Our selection of restaurants is one of my favorite things about Grand Rapids. Restaurant Week is a great chance to try a new restaurant and explore all the delicious food our city has to offer. (The restaurants can get busy, so you might want to make a reservation).

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Vintage menus and other ephemera

In honor of all that good food, I looked in our archives and found a few old menus to share. The menus (from between 1870 and 1907) are below, and if you click on each one you can see them larger and view things like puree of sugar turnips, red legged partridge and sultan raisin fruit cake.

If you like seeing neat stuff like these menus, we have the perfect talk for you! On Thursday (August 16) at 7 PM, Tim Gleisner will be sharing items and stories from our local history collection. Come to the 4th floor of the downtown library and explore interesting tidbits from Grand Rapids history (maybe you can even go for dinner afterwards).


This menu was for the reunion of the Second Michigan Calvary on January 6, 1870 at Sweet's Hotel.

The front and inside of the menu for the Grand Union Cafe on December 15, 1883


Menu for the New Livingston Hotel on July 24, 1893


A table d'hote (fixed price) luncheon menu for the Pantlind Hotel on June 16, 1907.


All menus are from the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections department at the Grand Rapids Public Library, Collection 216, Box 10.5

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