Pudding And Pies

Granula Pudding, Vanilla Sauce................10

Mince Pie, 10. Apple Pie, 10. Custard Pie. Lemon Pie. Cranberry Pie. Pumpkin Pie, 10

Miscellaneous

Codfish Tongues on Toast........................

Scollops.........................................

Frogs' Legs.....................................

Fresh Lobster, whole...........................

" " half..............................

Shrimps, per plate...............................

Sardines, per box................................

" for two.........................

Soft Crabs, per pair..............................

Tea. Coffee And Chocolate

French Coffee, per pot...........................25

" with Cognac.....................

Tea, per Cup.....................................10

" " pot, for one...,.........................15

" " " " two.............................25

Coffee, per cup..................................10

" " pot, for one..........................15

" " " " two..........................35

Chocolate, per cup..............................15

" per pot, for one.......................25

" " " " two.......................40

All Fancy And Mixed Drinks, Call For

Budweiser Beer, Qts.................30 cents;

Pints................................20 cents.

Best's Milwaukee Lager Beer.............10 cents.

Such a necessity for a place to take a rapid lunch was felt by an enterprising firm of liquor merchants in Chicago some years back, and with more thought for the convenience of the thing than the rent value of the rooms they gave a restaurant man a chance by letting him have the necessary space in their own building at a nominal rent, and by the time they became tired of the rather one-sided arrangement, which was at the end of three years when they took charge of the place themselves, the restaurant man had deposited in the bank ten thousand dollars as his net profits. That on the preceding page was his bill of fare. He served no breakfasts and did not keep open on Sunday.

The bill was not too good, but just good enough; the prices were not too high, but just high enough. Nothing admirable about it further than that it is the bill of fare of a Chicago Merchants' Lunch that succeeded.

The same bill of fare would fit equally well another one of Chicago's most successful lunch house restaurants; Thompson's, however, very conveniently situated with plenty of room in a building to itself. Said the chief cook of the place to the writer, one day: "Yes, we serve all of three thousand meals a day; they are nearly all to regular customers; never enough strangers among them to make any particular difference. We don't stop:o garnish our dishes with parsley and lemons, you know, but what we give 'em is good, and we manage to give most of our customers seats at the tables; and I think the reason we do one of the biggest businesses of the kind is because we serve the meals quicker than any other place can. Why, good lord, sir! I can't tell you how we serve them quicker; but I have six carvers and each one has a rib roast of beef before him, and it seems to me they must carve a dish of beef apiece every two seconds, and that's about as fast as the people can come in at the doors - roast beef and mashed potatoes is thirty-five cents an order; if you want to count up, you can - as for me, you know, everybody doesn't take roast beef and what they do take, why that falls on me to look after with my other men.

About thirty hands in the kitchen is what we have, and thirty or forty waiters, but some of them only work through dinner time".

Here, too, the breakfasts, though considerable, were light in comparison with the noon lunches or dinners. The proprietor of the place (recently deceased) was the owner of the building, a very valuable one, of which he used only the lower floor for his lunch house business, and, besides, died possessed of $150,000, said to have been made in the restauraurant business, which he kept by him in cash. He was an illiterate man, and was afraid to trust his money to the banks.

And close by - for all three of these places were situated in the same block - was a "fine" restaurant, where they did garnish their dishes and served every delicacy to order, and did really good work; but its patronage was small, and it changed proprietors three times in two years. It was the right kind of a restaurant in the wrong place, except for the demands of the few.