Serious Eats recently asked their readers what menu items they were sick of seeing on restaurant menus.
My favorite respones included:
- 2 words I always stay away from “reduction'” or “fusion”. In other words “left on the burner and forgotten about” and “cleaning out the industrial refrigerator”.
- Sliders. That word makes me gag and they are on every single freaking menu.
- Troughs of pasta that are marketed as single servings. Just eat a loaf of bread for crying out loud.
- I would like to see mushroom ravioli served in something besides a cream sauce
I wrote the following in response: Asian slaw. I went to a strolling food and wine event recently where it was the side to a main for at least five restaurants. Only one was worth eating – and surprisingly, it was from a BBQ place with their pulled pork.
…but the comment I agreed with the most: Sick of seeing *everything under the sun* on a menu. It’s a menu, not a book. You can’t please everyone. Quality over quantity.
AMEN! If it takes me longer to read the entire menu than it did to get to the restaurant, you’re offering too much.
Case in point: After a recently long Friday at work, the hubby and I met some family members at a local family joint. Their standard menu had six pages of meal selections – with at least 15 choices on each page. The menu had everything from appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, specialty sandwiches, ethnic entrees and breakfast options served all day- there’s another one to add to the list!
…so if those 90 options weren’t enough, you could select from the seasonal menu binder (YES – BINDER) that had ten pages with at least five different selections! Now I’m an indecisive person – but this was ridiculous! How can you keep any consistency in the quality of your food if you have to make nearly 150 dishes at any one time?!
Interesting enough, this family restaurant does a pretty solid job – even if I felt like I just read a textbook on cooking.
What’s your restaurant menu pet peeve? What menu item would you like to see erased forever?