Pop Ernest Abalone and Seafood Restaurant, Monterey 1930s
"Before “Pop” Ernest Doelter set up shop on Alvarado and, later, Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, the way Americans used to cook abalone seemed a little like marinating a nice porterhouse in paint. They’d boil it into tastelessness or, worse, tenderize it with lye. Yes, lye. Not Pop. Circa 1908 – a time when almost all of the local abalone was shipped to Japan – he started taking the ample abalone pulled in by the area’s Japanese fishermen, pounding it, washing it with egg, rolling it in cracker crumbs and quick-frying it in olive oil." From Monterey County Weekly
This menu cover is one of our favorites, created by two artists. The Uruguayan-born American cartoonist and illustrator Jo Mora drew the center illustration and the outside lettering was done by American painter Armin Hansen. They both did the work in exchange for abalone dinners.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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