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Photo by Leslie Kelly
We love the view from down here, too.
The city's iconic landmark celebrated a milestone -- its 50th birthday -- this

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Happy 50th, Space Needle!

Needle small.JPG
Photo by Leslie Kelly
We love the view from down here, too.
The city's iconic landmark celebrated a milestone -- its 50th birthday -- this past weekend by letting throngs of fans blast off to the top for just a buck.

No such plans are in the works, however, to roll back the prices at Sky City to 1962 when a "Prime Ribs of Beef" dinner was just $6.75!

Way back when the revolving restaurant made its debut as part of the Century 21 World's Fair, the menu was more a reflection of the time, not any kind of cutting edge vision of the future. Still, it's fun to chew over some of those old-school fine dining dishes on a vintage menu.

How about we start our meal with some "Crab Legs from Dungeness: Served on a block of sparkling ice" for $1.75 or Beef Steak Tomatoes With Sweet Onions "Grown on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, brought across the Pacific for this salad." That would have set Mom and Daddy-O back $1.

While the current menu features the ultra-juicy Jidori chicken, diners who scored a hard-to-get seat at The Eye of The Needle (the original moniker) could order a whole roast chicken stuffed with wild rice for $5.25. "Impeccably grilled" Puget Sound salmon was $4.75 and a filet mignon was $5.75.

For dessert, let's get crazy and order the Coupe Tropical, a big bowl filled with vanilla ice cream, chocolate mousse and -- here's where the tropical part comes in -- bananas and pineapple. Tres exotic! That was $1. Oh, and don't forget the 25 cent cup of coffee.

The tab's going to run about $20, or the price of an appetizer these days. Ah, nostalgia is sweet... and cheap.

Stay tuned for some special dinner Sky City's chef Jeff Maxfield and his crew are cooking up to commemorate this big deal anniversary.

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