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Alles gut

September 26th, 2014

During my exploration of mid-20th Century popular periodicals, web I unearthed this odd artifact…

…a 1944 dinner menu for Milwaukee’s Schwaben-Hof restaurant.

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The place, as far as I can tell, was a themed eatery specializing in Germanic fare and ambiance (of the lederhosen and dirndl variety, not the mass graves and book-burning kind). Sounds a bit like the old Wursthaus in Harvard Square, minus the risk of finding the half-corpse of a cockroach in your Sauerbraten

It’s quite the spread, too. Just the thing for a man of means (the entree prices average around twenty inflation-adjusted 2014 dollars) to maintain an insulating layer of fat to weather the Midwestern winter and lay the groundwork for the inevitable fatal coronary behind the wheel of his Bonneville twenty years down the road.

I’d be a little apprehensive about the “deep sea scallops,” though. Maybe it’s just the New Englander in me talking, but the notion of ordering “fresh” seafood any more than a hundred miles from a coast spooks the shit out of me — especially after considering the state refrigeration and transport technology circa 1944.

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3 Responses to “Alles gut”

  1. athodyd

    I just finished James Ellroy’s “Perfidia” so now it’s impossible for me to read “Swabian-cuisine restaurant from 1944″ and not think “Fifth Column front company inextricably meshed with local government and police.” What part does Dudley Smith play in this intricate scheme???

    My brother-in-law is from a pleasant Indiana town that was essentially transplanted whole from Bavaria, and from his family’s home cooking and the various dirndl-based restaurants in town I feel confident in declaring this menu as German as possible in terms of the efficient delivery of delicious meat and starch.

  2. damanoid

    Oh, is there another war on? It was us again, wasn’t it? Sorry. We’ll be ashamed of our ethnicity as soon as we’re done eating.

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