~posted by Jade D.
Looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu? Take a look at our Seattle Room Menu Collection to start gathering ideas for your turkey dinner from some of Seattle’s historic restaurants.
The 1940s menu from the White Building’s Hearthstone restaurant includes an exotic dish described “Breast of turkey puffs with orange-pineapple sauce and toasted almonds, new green peas, molded fruit and cheese salad.” Served with hot breads, beverage and a choice of appetizer or dessert, this feast rings in at just 75 cents (about $12.75 today).
A 1951 menu from Melody Lane Restaurant on Bremerton offers a “Roast Imperial Turkey Dinner with dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce” for $1.85.
The Edgewater Thanksgiving menu from circa 1964 includes a variety of options including “crisp celery en branche” relish (a fancy way of saying celery stick?), “roast young tom turkey, chestnut dressing,” “baked hickory smoked eastern ham a la cumberland” (with a glazed pineapple ring) and “snowflake, baked or candied sweet potatoes.” (For those who have never heard of snowflake potatoes, it involves a whole lot of cream cheese according to this recipe.)
And then of course, there is the 1970 menu from Lano’s Golden Turkey Restaurant in Ballard which is all turkey all the time. It includes turkey sandwiches, turkey plates, a children’s turkey option and a baby turkey option, just to be sure that no one feels left out.
In closing, lest we forget that there is more to Thanksgiving than just the food, I’m including a quote from a November 1930 issue of the Municipal News, a local newspaper collection focusing on civic issues in Seattle which we have fully digitized from its start in 1911 to 2010. This excerpt, written while the city was in the midst of the Great Depression, strikes a hopeful note on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, reminding Seattle citizens that they have much to be thankful for despite of the challenging times:
“On next Thursday, you and I as citizens of Seattle have much to be thankful for. It is true, that when most of us sit down to a turkey dinner, that around us within the city, there shall be many in want, many without jobs, many sick and poverty stricken without help, but, all in all, we of Seattle are most fortunate, even considering those things than the rest of the Nation, and doubly so compared to the rest of the world. Business and conditions are better here than in most parts of the world; the weather is better; we have no cyclones or freezing conditions to worry about; there are lots of undeveloped resources all around us—we are growing… We are as a whole a healthy community, opportunities abound, and, although there may be some cause for pessimism, there is more for optimism…It could be much worse. As a community, we should be thankful.”
Interested in exploring more Seattle history? Check out these items and many more in our digital collections.