Two hundred menus from Los Angeles restaurants, some dating back to the 19th century, are in “To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of a Modern City.” The 222-page book by Josh Kun features menus from the extensive collection of the Los Angeles Public Library.
As Kun writes, “Menus help us understand the making of neighborhoods and changing population demographics.”
Menus from former eateries such as Robaire’s, Nickodell, Carolina Pines, Don the Beachcomber and Chasen’s will stir memories of meals enjoyed in days gone by.
Paramount devours Nickodell
Many local residents remember what is now a tall hedge on Melrose Ave. was the popular Nickodell restaurant and bar.
From the 1920s, it was not only a haven for studio actors and technicians, but a hangout for local residents who would greet one another while seeing stars from the adjacent RKO Studios, Desilu and, finally, Paramount. That was, until the restaurant was closed and demolished in 1993 for Paramount expansion.
The book is $45 and available at Chevalier’s.