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Lunch Menu, Hotel Ponce de Leon, St. Augustine, Flor., Feb. 26, 1888 | by Alan Mays
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Lunch Menu, Hotel Ponce de Leon, St. Augustine, Flor., Feb. 26, 1888

The Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida, was built by Henry Morrison Flagler, "a Gilded Age industrialist, railroad pioneer, and partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil" (as described on Flagler College's Who We Are page). The luxury hotel opened on January 10, 1888, and this menu dates to February 26 of that year. Today, the hotel building is part of Flagler College.

 

Gil Wilson's History of the City of St. Augustine Web site contains additional information regarding the Ponce de Leon Hotel and Osborn Dunlap Seavey, the hotel's manager in 1888.

 

Not to be confused with the Ponce de Leon Hotel in Roanoke, Virginia:

 

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Hotel Ponce de Leon, O. D. Seavey, manager, St. Augustine, Florida.

Lunch, Saturday, February 25, 1888.

 

Consommé. Julienne with rice,

 

Pickled oysters. Fried shad roe, á la tartare. Radishes. Bermuda potatoes.

 

Roast leg of mutton. Smoked beef tongue with spinach.

 

Currie of chicken, á l' Indienne. Kidneys, sautés, with mushrooms. Baked sweet potatoes. New beets.

 

Boston baked beans. Pressed corned beef. Game pie. Ribs of beef. Ham. Tongue. Mutton. Pickled tripe. Pickled lamb tongue.

 

Asparagus salad. Chicken salad. Sliced tomatoes. Lettuce.

 

Stewed prunes. Apple pie. Pumpkin pie. Ginger snaps. Lady cake. Croquettes Parisiennes. Assorted cake. Pistache ice cream. Fruit. American and foreign cheese. Tea. Coffee.

 

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