5 Great Tiki Menus From The Los Angeles Public Library Menu Collection
|Don the Beachcomber menu, 1941|
There's no way to talk about tiki at all, let alone in L.A., without talking about Don The Beachcomber, which opened in Hollywood in 1934 at 1722 N. McCadden Place, right off of Hollywood Boulevard. Its owner, Donn Beach, is credited with inventing the genre, which was the result of his many travels around the Caribbean and South Pacific. There are still restaurants operating today with this name, but the original is long gone, as are the ones that came closely after.
The above menu is from 1941. I decided to go with the beautiful artwork here rather than the drinks list, which is similar to the other menus. If you could capture the sense of adventure in a glass that this menu conveys, you'd get to the heart of the spirit of tiki.
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