Restaurant owners are quick to overlook the value of comfort foods in the United States. Chefs across the country produce innovative recipes that include exotic ingredients and are prepared in revolutionary ways. However, a good grilled cheese can also garner its fair share of attention from consumers.
Americans love their carbohydrates. The starchy foods fill up their stomachs and keep them coming back for more. Many restaurants serve bread before their meals to give their guests a chance to review the menu without letting hunger take full control. Establishments with restaurant equipment that can slice bread automatically may be at an advantage.
Your menu - along with your restaurant’s atmosphere and waitstaff - are what needs to sell each and every meal. But there’s more to your menu than just a layout of pretty pictures. In fact, in today’s society, many have become accustomed to certain structures and setups that help lead them through a menu and to the exact item they’ve been looking for.
Chocolate should always be considered in some form on your dessert menu, but many are choosing to add chocolate in ways that are more subtle than a simple ‘slice of chocolate cake’. Rather than offering chocolate as the main part of the dish, let’s take a look at some ways to add chocolate-dipped confections into your menu to add appeal, interest, and flavor to your desserts.
Portion cost is what the restaurant must pay for any given item including ingredients, equipment, labor, and time costs. Offsetting these costs by assigning prices appropriately can not only be profitable, but it can leave guests satisfied and coming back for more.
The gluten-free trend doesn’t seem to be slowing just yet, and while many folks are looking for gluten-free options, they’re also becoming more picky about the results. With more gluten-free options popping up in restaurants across America, those who opt for the gluten-free menu are looking for more tasteful, flavorful dishes.
Naturally, with the changing foodservice landscape and the growing appetite for alternative protein sources begs the questions: “What foods contain protein besides meat? And how can you serve it at your restaurant?”
Most restaurants have taken the time to create a kids’ menu, and 90% of parents agree that having a kids’ menu is important when eating out. Designing an appropriate menu for children can boost ticket sales and cater to a population subset that simply should not be overlooked.
Your commercial grill probably sees a lot of action at lunch and dinnertime, while griddles are typically reserved for breakfast items. If you don’t serve breakfast, then you’re likely reserving your grills for main course items across the board. But there are many desserts that can be made on your grill as well, and those sear marks that makes meats so tasty can enhance the flavor profile of your desserts too! Here are three dessert ideas to use for your commercial grill.
Fried foods tend to top the list for fattier, less healthy menu items. While the health trend is still in full swing, the demand for fried foods typically picks up in the warmer months - and this year is no different.
The restaurant industry may be playing it too safe these days.
Of course, there are numerous high-class establishments that offer revolutionary products. But the average person can't afford to dine at those places every day. There may need to be a bigger push for smaller restaurants to feature creative meals on their menus.
Having a Fryer may be able to help. Americans love fried foods, but the traditional chicken, vegetables and pickles have gotten stale - they want something new.
Cold weather means comfort food, and this is the season for hearty soups, sumptuous stews, and creative chilies! Food safety with your warm foods is of the utmost importance, especially when cooling them for storage.
Raw fish is prevalent in many different restaurants today. Oysters are just one of many different kinds of aquatic fare that can be enjoyed when uncooked, and many restaurants benefit from serving these undersea creatures as appetizers.
Everyone loves to start a meal with a nice appetizer - and if it's free, all the better! Bread baskets are okay, but if you're looking for something that will really stand out, consider offering complementary baskets of kettle corn popcorn to your guests.
College students and other amateur cooks often forget there is more to the world of pasta than just simple spaghetti and meatballs. Changing the type of pasta can make all the difference in a dish or recipe.
Few cultures love fried food more than Americans. Deep-fried chicken, for example, makes mouths water and causes havoc in communities where there are shortages of the food. To supply the demand, eateries need their own restaurant equipment to fry chicken and other menu items. The Star 515FD Star-Max Single Pot Electric Fryer has a wide variety of capabilities and is necessary for today's eclectic taste palate preferences.
Some may call them starters while others may refer to them as tapas, small plates, or samplers. No matter what your restaurant calls them, your appetizers have probably seen a lot more action in recent months. In fact, a research study done by Mintel has shown that 80% of respondents have stated that they have created their main courses by ordering one or more appetizers instead of ordering from the main menu.
There is nothing more satisfying than spending a sunny afternoon feasting on cooked meat and vegetables fresh off the grill. Anyone who has a couple of bags of charcoal and a barbecue can prepare tons of delicious food, and restaurants often try to recreate the authentic flavor and form of backyard meals.
Recently, a type of seaweed has made headlines for being the nutritional, vegan substitute for bacon. While it hasn’t become mainstream just yet, we’re all contemplating the possibilities of this new bacon alternative! Restaurants have used bacon to spruce up their dishes for some time, and many more may jump on the bacon bandwagon in the coming years. Here are some ways that your restaurant can use bacon (or maybe seaweed?!) to spice up your menu.
Traditionally, appetizers are designed as a shared item while entrees are made for the individual. With smaller plates, chefs have the ability to make a large impact on their customers, keeping them coming back for more!