Alcatraz Menu 1946

If you wanted to, and why wouldn’t you? eating well in Alcatraz wasn’t that hard. This menu from 1946 shows food that is cheap, nutritious and hard to fuck up. Old school to be sure but a step up from the institutional garbage in today’s schools, never mind prisons.
Inside Scoop SF:

we thought we’d take the opportunity to run a very cool menu from Alcatraz. Pictured below is a copy of the weekly Alcatraz menu from September 2 to September 8, 1946.

And oddly, it doesn’t look half bad. There are three solid meals a day, each mostly different from the day before; that’s more than most restaurants can say. Breakfast dishes include daily coffee, cereals and/or canned fruits; Thursday was hot griddle cake day. Later in the day, a daily changing soup was available alongside things like roast pork shoulder with sage dressing, chili con carne, corned beef with cabbage, and bacon jambalaya. They even had desserts like apricot pie (!), layer cakes, orange Jello and cupcakes.

Compare that to San Quentin’s modern day culinary offering, which one Yelper described as such: “foods [sic] crappy except for friday which is chicken on the bone day..and sunday morning is the microwavable-like grand slam breakfast.” (Yes, San Quentin has a Yelp page for some reason; three nonsensical stars)

Via Open Culture


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About Marc Brazeau

Free lance cultural attaché. Writing at REALFOOD.ORG.

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