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Sam's Seafood, Sunset Beach, CA (restaurant)
MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-07-06 10:20 pm   Permalink

Sea turtle was legal meat in the US until the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) of 1973. I remember seeing the huge sea turtles captured by fishermen on the Sea of Cortez in the early 70s. Current price for farm raised sea turtle steaks in the Cayman Islands is $35/lb, $1.50 wouldn't get very much.
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2012-07-06 10:51 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-07-06 11:24, Luckydesigns wrote:
This weekend, I found a whole bunch of vintage Sam's Seafood stuff when it looks to have been 'pre-tiki'. Maybe '40s or '50s judging by the prices? The turtle steak dinner is only $1.50!! ....wait a minute...turtle steak dinner??







And cocktails (no tiki drinks on the menu yet) are all around $.30.





$.15 for a beer?!




This envelope was also in the collection (which explains the fold line down the menu). Maybe it was a mailed promotional thing to drive business? Did they do that back then??




Business cards and matches were included as well














This was seperate from the collection and really cool, though I didn't end up buying it....yet.
Hand painted, camera ready art for some sort of promotional use.






Pretty cool to see Sam's before it underwent the tiki transformation. Even back then, the swordfish was on the roof!




Totally killer score Spike,
congrats!



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2016-05-26 10:42 am   Permalink

Spotted these amazing photo's of Sam's Seafood on ebay a while back. This must have been right after the fire rebuild. Those beautiful Guanko Tikis!





Here is the walkway to what is now the Dagger Bar.


What is really interesting is the outdoor photos that show some sort of Luau grounds in what now is the expanded parking lot.





And for good measure, a photo posted on Facebook by Bigbro showing the exterior A-Frame and sign. Same image that Sabu posted on the newspaper ad.




Some pretty cool historical stuff!

DC


 
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Posted: 2016-05-26 11:51 am   Permalink

VERY cool stuff DC!

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-05-26 5:29 pm   Permalink

LOVE THAT MID MOD SIGN.

 
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heylownine
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Posted: 2016-05-26 9:37 pm   Permalink

Dig it!

 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2016-05-26 10:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-05-26 10:42, Dustycajun wrote:
...

What is really interesting is the outdoor photos that show some sort of Luau grounds in what now is the expanded parking lot.

...



Wow! This is significant!


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2016-12-31 12:23 pm   Permalink

This photo was sent to me with the following description:
"Here's an old snapshot (early 1960's) taken in front of Sam's Seafood. It appears to be taken during an ad shoot for Kanvas by Katin and it features famous surfers Corky Carroll and Mike Doyle. Little known facts: Corky grew up across the street in Surfside and helped Nancy Katin develop trunks that were specifically designed for surfing, creating the first board shorts."




 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2017-01-20 10:27 am   Permalink

1966 Surfside


 
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Luckydesigns
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Posted: 2017-02-02 09:08 am   Permalink

Great photos, King!

 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2018-04-03 12:02 am   Permalink

Comprehensive history of Sams Seafood/Don the Beachcomber by RandomLand

YouTube: Don The Beachcomber - A Final Farewell & The History of Sam's Seafood



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HotelCharlieEcho
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Posted: 2018-09-07 2:56 pm   Permalink

There's another Sam's Seafood menu currently available on e-Bae that has a fun little artifact attached to it. The menu seems to be from around 1943 and would therefore appear to predate the restaurant's tiki phase. Here's the listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/vintage-SAMS-SEA-FOOD-HOUSE-MENU-seafood-East-Seal-Beach-California/192617796469?hash=item2cd8ea5375:g:LvQAAOSwqj5bZdAv. From the price increases, it looks like this one post-dates Luckyd's menu from earlier in this thread: http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=4914&forum=2&vpost=643006.

What's unique about this particular listing is that it also includes a personal letter dated November 19, 1943: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/pfkAAOSwlQ5bZdBz/s-l1600.jpg. As you can see from the letter, the writer and some friends took a little eating and drinking tour of Long Beach/Seal Beach and wound up hitting four different spots: Sam's, The 307 Club, The Port Hole, and Talbert's (Tolbert's? it's in cursive so I'm not sure).

The reason I found this of interest is that at least three of the four spots either already had or would later adopt a tiki/pre-tiki theme. As I understand it, Sam's Seafood seems to have "turned tiki" around 1960 ( https://www.ocweekly.com/revisiting-the-legacy-of-sams-seafood-seal-beachs-original-polynesian-palace/ ). The 307 Club opened the South Seas ( http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=52658 ) sometime before June 25, 1948 (the first mention I could find in the local news, by which time it was already "famous" according to an article entitled "Pike Barmaids Allowed To Pour Patrons' Whisky" in the Long Beach Independent). Finally, the Port Hole (aka the "Port Hole Café"), opened a tropical-themed "Palm Room" no later than the time this ad appeared in the Independent on September 7, 1945:



Tried to work my googol-fu on "Talbert's" or "Tolbert's", the barhoppers' last stop, but came up empty.

[ This Message was edited by: HotelCharlieEcho 2018-09-28 14:54 ]


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2018-11-19 1:24 pm   Permalink

Next to Sam's Sea Food (and Don the Beachcomber's) was Katin Surf Shop which also has a long interesting history.

Katin Apparel

Here is ad with renown skateboarder Russ Howell




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