Bibliographic Sources

A listing of primary and secondary source materials for the research into the fascinating history of Classic San Diego restaurants.

The majority of research for Classic San Diego comes from contemporary newspaper accounts in the Catalina Islander, Chula Vista Star, La Jolla Light, San Diego Daily Journal, San Diego Evening-Tribune, San Diego Sun, and San Diego Union; articles from San Diego Point Newsweekly, Magazine San Diego, San Diego & Point Magazine, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home & Garden; and from San Diego city directories. Other primary sources include personal interviews, collections and historical archives held by Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, California Secretary of State Corporate Records Division, Coronado Historical Association, Coronado Public Library, Library of Congress, Los Angeles Public Library, McCord Museum Montreal, New York Public Library, the Port of San Diego, San Diego Public Library, San Diego History Center, San Diego Aerospace Museum Collections, SDSU Special Collections and University Archive, UCSD Geisel Library, the records divisions of the City of San Diego and Superior Court of San Diego County, and the US National Archives.

Unpublished Sources

Manuscript Collections, Private Papers and Letters

Max Miller Papers, MSS 0158. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD, La Jolla, California.
Palace Hotel Records, BANC MSS 2006/103, Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.
Susan Davis Tiffany. Memory like the ivy clings: Old times in old town and San Diego, California. Reminiscences of one who lived in the Bandini house, 1898-1911. Unpublished manuscript, 1973.
Wilbur and Toni Clark Collection, MS 95-49, Special Collections, UNLV Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Doctoral Theses

Judith Comer-Schultz. History and historic preservation in San Diego since 1945: Civic identity in America‘s finest city. Doctoral dissertation, Arizona State University, 2011.


Fred Bregante. ‘An interview with Fred Sebastian Bregante,’ transcript of an oral history conducted by Robert G Wright, 2 Dec 1999, San Diego History Center Oral History Collection.
Alex Cesár Cardini, III. Telephone interview, 17 Jan 2018, Ciudad de México, México; personal interview, 6 Jul 2018, Hotel Caesar, Tijuana, México.
Jack Davis. ‘An interview with Jack Allen Davis,’ transcript of an oral history conducted by Edward S Bar, 2 Jun 1998, San Diego History Center Oral History Collection.
Muriel Binette Gomes. Personal interview, 4 Dec 2016, San Diego, California.
Catherine Bregante Ghio. ‘An interview with Catherine Bregante Ghio, 1896-1994,’ transcript of an oral history conducted by Robert G Wright, 27 Apr 1980, San Diego History Center Oral History Collection.
John Hernandez. Personal interview, 01 Nov 2017, La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, California.
Carol Sue Kaufmann with Kirsten Kaufmann. Personal interview, 3 Jan 2017, Woodland Hills, California.
Dolly Dimple Schumann-Kester. Telephone Interview, 1 Mar 2019, Stilwell, Oklahoma.
Dominic Ghio with Tony Ghio. ‘Fishermen by trade: Sixty years on San Francisco Bay,’ transcript of an oral history conducted by Judith K Dunning, 1986, Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Robert Pastore with Diane Pastore. Personal interview, 15 Apr 2016, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California.
Dolores Marshall Perlin. Personal Interview, 3 Mar 2019, Santa Ana, California.

Published Sources

Books, Brochures and Leaflets

H Austin Adams. The man John D Spreckels. San Diego, California: Press of Frye & Smith, 1924.
Gustavo Arellano. Taco, USA: How Mexican food conquered America.New York, New York: Scribner, 2012.
Beverly Bass. The Hotel del Coronado cookbook. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 1993.
Alexander D Bevil. Tiki: A guide to San Diego’s tiki modern architecture. Brochure. San Diego, California: Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), 2008.
Victor Bergeron. Frankly speaking: Trader Vic’s own story. New York, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1973.
—————. Trader Vic’s Pacific island cookbook: With side trips to Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Texas. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1968.
Jeff Berry. Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari: In search of the great lost tropical drink recipes …and the people behind them. San Jose, California: Club Tiki Press, 2007.
Arnold Bitner. Scrounging the islands with the legendary Don the Beachcomber. New York, New York: iUniverse, Inc, 2007.
Dana Burks, ed. San Diego city and county directory. San Diego, California: San Diego Directory Company, 1907.
Oscar W Cotton. The good old days: The memoirs of a San Diego veteran who tells the historic tale from the good old days to the good new ways. New York, New York: Exposition Press, 1962.
Cave Johnson Couts. Hepah, California! The journal of Cave Johnson Couts from Monterey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Los Angeles, California, during the years 1848-1849. Edited by Henry F Dobyns. Tucson, Arizona: Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society, 1961.
June Crosby. June Crosby’s San Diego fare: An insider’s guide to San Diego area restaurants. La Jolla, California: Crosstown Publications, 1972.
Mike Davis. Under the perfect sun: The San Diego tourists never see. New York, New York: The New Press, 1990.
William Heath Davis. Sixty Years in California: A history of events and life in California. San Francisco, California: AJ Leary, 1889.
Scott Eyman. John Wayne: The life and legend. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014.
—————. Print the legend: The life and times of John Ford. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2012.
EJ Fleming, compiler. The Movieland directory: Nearly 30,000 addresses of celebrity homes, film locations and historical sites in the Los Angeles area, 1900-present. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2010.
Ed Fletcher. Memoirs of Ed Fletcher. San Diego: Pioneer Press, 1952.
Errol Flynn. My wicked, wicked ways. New York, New York: Cooper Square Press, 2003.
Richard Foss. Rum: A global history. London: Reaktion Books, Ltd, 2012.
Veronica Gelakoska. Images of America: Pin ’N Whistle. Charleston, North Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2010.

Gary Giddins. Bing Crosby: A pocketful of dreams – the early years 1903-1940.New York, New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2001
Tim Glazner. Mai-Kai: History and mystery of the iconic tiki restaurant. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2016.
Dave Hampton. San Diego’s craft revolution: From post-war modern to California design. San Diego, California: Mingei International Museum, 2011.
Donald H Harrison. Louis Rose, San Diego’s first Jewish settler and entrepreneur. San Diego, California: Sunbelt Publications, Inc, 2005.
Bungy Hedley. View from the top of the mast. AuthorHouse, 2006.
Bungy Hedley-Hartshorn. Eli Hedley beachcomber: Original 1943 catalog. AuthorHouse, 2006.
Marilyn Hedley. How Daddy became a beachcomber. AuthorHouse, 2006.
Jim Heimann, Steven Heller and John Mariani. Menu design in America, 1850–1985. Köln: Taschen, 2011.
Duncan Hines. Adventures in good eating. Bowling Green, Kentucky: Adventures in Good Eating, Inc., 1935, 1945, 1959.
David Gerard Hogan. Selling ’em by the sack: White Castle and the creation of American food. New York, New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Tom Hom. Rabbit on a bumpy road: A story of courage and endurance. San Diego, California: Sunbelt Publications, 2014.
John A Jakle and Keith A Sculle. Fast food: Roadside restaurants in the automobile age. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Sven A Kirsten. The Book of tiki. Köln: Taschen, 2003.
—————. Tiki Pop: America imagines its own Polynesian paradise. Köln: Taschen, 2014.
CM Kotlan. San Diego restaurants. San Diego, California: Bookmaker, 1976.
Ray Kroc. Grinding it out: The making of McDonald’s. New York, New York: St Martin’s Press, 1977
Josh Kun. To live and dine in L.A.: Menus and the making of the modern city. Los Angeles, California: Angel City Press, 2015.
Mark Kurlansky. The food of a younger land: A portrait of American food from the lost WPA files. New York, New York: Penguin, 2009.
George White Marston and Mary Gilman. George White Marston: Family Chronicle. Los Angeles, California: Ward Ritchie Press, 1956.
Alexis McCrossen. Land of necessity: Consumer culture in the United States-Mexico borderlands. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2010.
Max Miller. I cover the waterfront. New York, New York: EP Dutton and Company, 1932.
—————. The town with a funny name. New York, New York: EP Dutton and Company, 1948.
Maria Desiderata Montana. San Diego Italian food: A culinary history of Little Italy and beyond. Charleston, South Carolina: American Palate, 2014.
Peter Moruzzi. Classic dining: Discovering America’s finest mid-century restaurants. Layton Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2012.
George and Piret Munger. Piret’s: The George and Piret Munger cookbook. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
David Nelson. The menu: San Diego County: A guide to the top 20 restaurants in San Diego County. Portland, Oregon: David Thomas Publishing, 1994.
John A Price. Tijuana: Urbanization of a border culture. Notre Dame, 1973.
Carolyn Roos Olsen, Marylin Hudson. Hollywood’s man who worried for the stars: The story of Bo Roos. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2009.
Alfred Robinson. Life in California: During a residence of several years in that territory. London: HG Collins, 1851.
Kathleen Waters Sander. The business of charity: The Woman’s Exchange Movement, 1832-1900. Univeristy of Illinois Press, 1998.
Gabriela Sandez de Gutiérrez. ‘Nuestra cocina du collage,’ in Historia viva de Tijuana. Tijuana, Mexico, 1996.
San Diego (California). Midway Community plan area historic resources reconnaissance survey: Historic context and survey report. San Diego, California: City of San Diego Development Services Department, Planning Division, 2012.
—————. Old San Diego Community plan area historic resources reconnaissance survey: Historic context and survey report. Draft. San Diego, California: City of San Diego Development Services Department, Planning Division, 2011.
—————. San Diego citywide LGBTQ historic context statement. Third draft. San Diego, California: City of San Diego Department of City Planning, 16 Aug 2016.
—————. San Diego modernism historic context statement. San Diego, California: City Planning and Community Investment, Urban Form Division, 2007.
San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Descriptive, historical, commercial, agricultural, and other important information relative to the City of San Diego, California. San Diego, California: San Diego Daily Union, 1874.
Patricia A Schaelchlin. La Jolla: The story of a community. La Jolla, California: Friends of the La Jolla Library, 1988.
Richard D Sexton. “The San Diego Woman’s Home Association.” Journal of San Diego History (29:1), Winter 1983.
William Ellsworth Smythe. History of San Diego, 1542-1908: The modern city. Vols I & II. San Diego, California: The History Company, 1908.
Kevin Starr. Golden dreams: California in an age of abundance, 1950-1963. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Jeffrey Steingarten. It must’ve been something I ate: The return of the man who ate everything. New York, New York: Vintage Books, 2008.
Don M Stewart. Frontier port: A chapter in San Diego’s history. Los Angeles, California: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1966.
John Turner and Gregory Escalante. Leeteg of Tahiti. San Francisco, California: Last Gasp, 1999.
Paul J Vanderwood. Juan Soldado: Rapist, murderer, martyr, saint. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2004.
————. Satan’s playground: Mobsters and movie stars at America’s greatest gaming resort. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2009.
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. Tarzan, My Father. Toronto, Ontario: ECW Press, 2008.
Eleanor Widmer. Eleanor Widmer’s honest guide to San Diego and Tijuana restaurants. La Jolla, California: Laurence McGilvoy, 1986.

Updated 29 April 2020.