À la carte

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À la carte


New York City


January 4, 1918


Churchill’s was one of the largest restaurants in the theater district. It was patronized by average people out for a night on the town, according to proprietor James Churchill, a retired police captain. In an interview, Churchill said that many of his customers simply ordered eggs. This menu offers fifteen such dishes, ranging from fried eggs for 50 cents to a mushroom omelet for $1.25. Terrapin Maryland, one of the most expensive dishes, costs $2.00 and is highlighted in a large, distinctive typeface. A notice inside the menu reads: “Should New York vote Prohibition, please realize that we will not be able to serve drinks with your meals.” The warning was to no avail. By 1921, Prohibition was in effect and Churchill’s had closed.