Broiled bluefish. Braised saddle of squirrels. Cream of terrapin. And, yes, turkey and pumpkin pie.
Items both odd and familiar to modern-day palates were on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner at Duluth’s top hotels 120 years ago.
This item from the News Tribune from Nov. 25, 1897 — headlined “The Homeless Man,” referring to traveling businessmen and others on the road — listed the holiday dinner menus at the Spalding Hotel and the Hotel St. Louis:
All in all, quite a spread at both hotels that year.
Here’s a look at the Thanksgiving menus of two downtown Duluth restaurants that advertised in the News Tribune three years earlier, in November 1894:
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