Of course, to answer this, you have to be more specific than the *Old West*. It can be argued that the *Old West* was Kansas, or Missouri. It could be Texas, or California. Or even Arizona. Since I live in Arizona, specifically in the Phoenix, area, that's what interests me.
The timespan that most people agree on as *The Old West* is from after the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the invention of cars, roughly the 1870s to the 1900s. And in that time frame you could be in San Francisco, eating lobster and drinking champagne, or in Phoenix, eating, well, lobster and drinking champagne. And that's because of the railroads, that supplied goods and services to people who could afford them.
|1890, Phoenix, Arizona|
When we watch movies about *The Old West* they tend to be about cowboys living on ranches, where was no electricity, and certainly no ice. These people ate a lot of salted meat, and beans. People who live in such rugged conditions nowadays still do.