Downtown stay Francis Marion Hotel tweeted a photo of a 1939 menu from in-house restaurant Swamp Fox, and it’s glorious. The hotel opened in 1924 as the “largest and grandest in the Carolinas.” The ‘30s menu gives us a glimpse into the dining world of visitors to the Lowcountry during that time period.
The offerings are rather continental, but uniquely-Charleston items, like shrimp pilau and crab soup, mix with Pee Dee favorite pine bark stew, and “glori-fried” chicken. You can even pick up a Tru-Blu beer for 15 cents. The prices at the Swamp fox have gone up just a bit since 1939, but the restaurant still serves as a gathering place on the corner of Calhoun and King Streets today.
- Francis Marion Hotel [Official]