October 25, 2012
D.B. Kaplan's. In honor of Halloween, we crack open the crypt to dig up the menu of a dearly departed restaurant. Set the WABAC machine to the early 1990s for a look at D.B. Kaplan's, a legendary Chicago delicatessen that marked the birth of Levy Restaurants. Located in Water Tower Place, the lively DBK offered more than 100 sandwich creations, all bearing groan-worthy, punny names. It was a more-innocent, sillier and arguably more fun time for restaurants. Now in restaurant heaven.
Opened 1978, closed 1995
We can only display a fraction of the multifold, two-sided menu
Among the not-seen sandwiches: the Mike Royko (Vienna pepperbeef); the Hugh Hefner (topless club sandwich); the Bob Sirott (salami and bologna on rye); and a Dr. Ruth (sausage platter).
Hot dogs were listed under "Weigel's Weiners," a nod to then-sports-anchor Tim Weigel.
Other menu caricatures included Elvis, Tina Turner and Ernie Banks.
Halo a "Holy Cow" reference.
Reference to TV spots for Robert "Murphy in the Morning" Murphy.
Nicholson reference places this menu in the early '90s.
Not from Burgundy, not from Chablis and not zinfandel.
Remember when draft was cheaper than bottled?
Nicholson Joker, but Adam West Batman?
Outfielder Darryl Strawberry.
Do a little dance, make a little drink...
Not a lot of Princess Di menu jokes these days.
Homage to Second City (Toronto) member.
Onetime Dodger pitcher, now baseball analyst.
Can we tawk?
Chuck Berry on celery-stalk guitar.
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