Old Menus from 1983

July 16, 2017

Came upon an old folder filled with menus from when I was a California critic.  I’ll be posting them over the next few days.  This one, from The Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg caught my eye.  Marcel Desaulniers (despite his name, he’s an American-born chef), has since sold the restaurant. But he remains famous for, among other things, a cake called Death by Chocolate. (It was not on the menu in 1983.)

With its three Michelin stars, Meadowood is now a much more exalted restaurant than it was in 1983.  But it’s always been good – it was always a favored place for local winemakers to take clients to dinner  – and is still one of the dreamier places to stay in the Napa Valley.

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  • Wendy Kaplan says:

    Even more surprising to me is the thresher shark. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that on a menu.

  • admin says:

    There was a period, in the eighties, when the government was urging food editors to get their readers to start serving shark in lieu of other fish. Totally misguided: shark are very slow-growing, but it took them a while to understand what a mistake they’d made.

  • Moe Mosiman says:

    I’ll take the oysters and lump crab at Trellis and the Elk from Meadowood.

    And I’ll take those prices any time.

    Have a great week all.