Lawry’s Prime Rib Menu, Beverly Hills, 1940s

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I’d never turn down at meal at San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib, but Los Angeles and Lawry’s still take the crown for being the original and the best. Lawry’s first opened its doors on La Cienega Boulevard in 1938; House of Prime Rib came along in 1949. This menu — with its 10-cent coffee — most likely dates from the mid-1940s. Back then, you’ll notice that they only offered one style of cut, no fussing around with petite cuts, and certainly no catering to some Philistine who might prefer chicken or fish. No. Everybody gets the same fat slice of prime rib, end of story, you’re welcome.

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