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November 20, 2014

A hearty congratulations to Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz for reaching their funding goal on their Aquaponic Greenhouse Kickstarter for their upcoming restaurant, The Perennial!

Anthony and Karen were kind enough to come on Burrito Justice Radio on We re-lived ancient Mission history with the heady days of Mission Street Food and Mission Chinese (while it’s hard to believe, carbon dating confirms this as having happened SIX YEARS AGO), along with details of the aquaponic greenhouse that will supply greens and fish to The Perennial.

Anthony & Karen were game to review a menu printed in an 1855 Daily Alta California. This Bill of Fare was for the Barnum House on Commercial Street.

1855 Barnum House menu

You can listen to our assessment of the menu at the 94 minute mark, but Mr. Francois Martinez, Anthony Myint gives your menu the thumbs up: “This looks like an *awesome* restaurant.

Many items that would do well at contemporary establishment. A couple of things stand out:

Lots of meat. No vegetables, unless you consider potatoes and onions vegetables. Bologna Sausage = hot dog.


Apparently not many chickens came around the Horn, but notice that three eggs cost as much as a steak with truffles. 50 cents is at least $12 dollars adjusted for inflation — to be honest I suspect it would be even more given the hyperinflation of the time, and lack of supply and high demand. (If you were at last week’s Pop-Up Magazine, your heard about the Egg Wars on the Farallons.)


Pretty sure that says $2, which is about $50!


2014 Roast chicken has just breached peak-1855:

$84 at Tosca
$48 at Zuni’s.


In the comments, @markasaurus notes that the bare bones 12¢ toast is pretty damn expensive, at about $3. But before you get all fourtdollartoasty on 1855, the 25¢ anchovy toast is SIX DOLLARS. Come on, 2014, get it together, 1855 is kicking your ass.



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1854 fresh english muffins


6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2014 5:38 pm

    I would like to point out that toast has gone from 12 cents to $4 – which seems crazy until you look at inflation. $0.12 in 1855 currency translates to $2.97 today. That was for dry toast, so if we look at the price for “dipped toast” (to compare it to the tasty artisinal jams available today) the current price would be near $6!

  2. salvano permalink
    December 30, 2014 11:58 pm

    burrito justice: i love the site. can you share how you embed newspaper clips from the Daily Alta into your site? thx.

  3. banwotemitayo permalink
    January 11, 2015 2:18 am

    Reblogged this on TayBan ICT.


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