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    Alcatraz's Menu From 1946 Sounds Delicious (and Super Fancy for Prison Food)

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    These days, you're lucky to get a Tampon McMuffin or a "burrito" made from toilet water and a ramen packet in prison (a statement we make after watching lots of movies and TV about prison).

    One (hilariously haughty) three-star Yelp review for San Quentin proves that it's not five-star dining: "The potatoes had lumps in them and the edges got cold pretty fast, so I felt I had to rush through eating them or they wouldn't stay warm for very long. It didn't OCCUR to them that maybe I wanted to take my time? Why don't they serve them just a LITTLE hotter, then there would be no problem.  As for the lumps I guess they were pieces of potato, but still, lumps are weird no matter what."

    But this doesn't always seem to have been the case. Inside Scoop SF has resurfaced a menu from Alcatraz, showing what would be served up in the cafeteria from Sept. 2 to 8, 1946.

    Alcatraz Prison Menu
    Alcatraz Prison Menu

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    Baked croquettes?! Watermelon? Do you even know what purée mongole is?! We didn't! But it sounds fancy as hell (it's a creamed split pea-tomato soup, for the record).

    Look at these menu options:

    Prison Menu, Salad iStock

    Monday (Lunch)

    -Split Pea Soup

    -Roast Shoulder of Pork

    -Sage Dressing

    -Brown Gravy

    -Mashed Potatoes

    -Stewed Corn

    -Apple Pie

    -Bread & Coffee w/ Milk

    Tuesday (Dinner)

    -Puree Mongole

    -Chili Con Carne

    -Steamed Rice

    -Lettuce Salad

    -Layer Cake

    -Bread & Coffee

    Prison Menu, Pot Pie iStock

    Wednesday (Lunch)

    -Mexican Soup

    -Beef Pot Pie Anglaise

    -Tomato Catsup

    -Buttered Beets

    -Cole Slaw

    -Bread & Tea

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    Thursday (Breakfast)

    -Stewed Peaches

    -Hot Griddle Cakes




    -Coffee w/ Milk

    Friday (Dinner)

    -Potato Chowder

    -Two Fried Eggs

    -Fried Potatoes

    -Zucchini SAute

    -Iced Cup Cakes

    -Bread & Coffee w/ Milk

    Prison Menu, Jambalaya iStock

    Saturday (Dinner)

    -Minestrone Soup

    -Bacon Jambalaya

    -Tomato Saute

    -Cucumber & Onion Salad

    -Orange Jello

    -Bread & Coffee

    Sunday (Lunch)

    -Rice Tomato Soup

    -Pounded Beef Steak

    -Pan Gravy

    -Mashed Potatoes

    -Corn on the Cob

    -Bread & Coffee

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    If you want to take part in the Alcatraz eating experience—because you're a history buff or because it's a lot nicer than what you usually eat—the Embarcadero Center Hyatt in San Francisco is celebrating the "Alcatraz: The Last Day" photo exhibit with a special themed dinner. 

    The three-course meal, ringing in at $28 (the inmates got it for free) includes such items as clam chowder, meatloaf and salad and runs Aug. 8 through Sept. 2. 

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