Classic Dining: Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants

Classic Dining: Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants

Peter Moruzzi

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 1423607406

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Peter Moruzzi takes you to America's finest mid-century restaurants-continental-style fine dining establishments, historic steakhouses, lounge restaurants, and Polynesian palaces-that persevere in U.S. cities large and small. Through exclusive new and vintage photography, Moruzzi celebrates culinary pioneers and multigeneration restaurateurs, uncovers authentic gems, and debunks the predicted demise of the white tablecloth restaurant. The book includes a comprehensive directory of over 200 classic restaurants found in cities from all 50 states.














Taschen. He is also the photographer of the nearly one hundred contemporary images presented in this book. Sven was born in the German port town of Hamburg and studied cinematography in Berlin. In 1980 he immigrated to California, where he continued his career in the film industry, shooting music videos for such diverse talents as Tom Waits, Billy Joel, and the Cramps. Photo courtesy of Sven A. Kirsten. While regularly working as a cinematographer on German TV movies in such international

page. At the Town and Country you could brand your steak with either “R” for rare, “M” for medium, or “W” for well-done. “Your steak will be served table side with your preference still plainly legible.” Nick DeGeorge’s Town and Country restaurant was a very big deal in 1950s Dallas. It’s unclear when Ol’ St. Nick passed on, but one would guess that his restaurant didn’t survive long without him. As Nick wrote at the end of his booklet, “We pledge ourselves to continue our best efforts to make

compiled. We generally—though not exclusively—selected those described as “upscale,” such as steakhouses, white tablecloth seafood restaurants, high-end ethnic restaurants, and, of course, continental style fine dining. We did not include diners, coffee shops, roadside restaurants or cafeterias that have been well documented in other books. Yet, despite our best efforts, this list is far from complete or exhaustive, and we apologize if we left out your favorite restaurant. To add your

Clearman’s North Woods Inn 14305 Firestone Boulevard (at I-5) 714-739-0331 Sandwiches, steaks Los Angeles Classic Dining Featured Restaurant The Dresden 1760 North Vermont Avenue 323-665-4294 Fine dining, piano bar Photo courtesy of Chris Nichols Collection. Miceli’s 1646 North Las Palmas Avenue 323-466-3438 Italian Musso & Frank Grill 6667 Hollywood Boulevard 323-467-7788 Fine dining,

conversion into a modest roadhouse specializing in charbroiled steaks in the 1930s. It was named “Del-Bar” for its position between the Dells and Baraboo, Wisconsin. Jimmy Wimmer and his wife Alice purchased the Del-Bar in 1943; it remains a family business to this day. One of the Del-Bar’s more intimate dining rooms. Photo courtesy of Sven A. Kirsten. In 1952, local architect James Dresser was hired to design the first of three expansions, the last of which was in 1990. Dresser studied under

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