"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-15-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 39
Thinking up specials for our small business

Hello all,

This is my second post...be gentle! My dad owns a bar and we have quite a bit of food on our everyday menu. In addition to that, however, we like to prepare a special each day. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday it is open; Tuesdays are tacos (very easy special), Fridays are Lake Erie Perch dinners (with cabbage & noodles or coleslaw), and Saturdays and Sundays are Strip Steaks (with baked potato and side salad). Anyhoo, for the open days I'm looking for some recommendations. We've tried pork chops, meatloaf, sweet-n-sour chicken w/veggies over rice, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken (and steak) marsala, etc. They often do well, but we really cannot repeat specials more than once or twice/month or else they seem to fizzle. So I'm looking for some cool recommendations...for the main dish and the sides (for example...meatloaf dinner--meatloaf = main dish, mashed potatoes w/gravy = side). I've looked through various cookbooks but now I'm curious if anybody else has any neat ideas.

Thanks!

__________________

__________________
Jared_mizanin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 04:34 PM   #2
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,370
Chicken pot pie
Lasagna
Chili
Pot roast
Hungarian goulash
Chicken paprikash
Roast chicken
Cheese steak sandwiches
Jambalaya
Beef Stew
Irish Stew
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 04:51 PM   #3
Master Chef
 
DaveSoMD's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,038
Baked ham (NOT spiral sliced) and scalloped potatoes
Cabbage rolls and beets, rye bread
Cottage Pie
Chicken and dumplings
__________________
DaveSoMD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 05:02 PM   #4
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 39
Thanks guys...I'm getting some ideas already. Keep 'em rolling in!
__________________
Jared_mizanin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 05:02 PM   #5
Certifiable Executive Chef
 
Janet H's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 3,282
How about a turkey dinner? Cheap and has good early prep schedule.

Lamb shanks w. roasted reds and a veg side.

Cornish hens (easy to bake) w/ herbed rice and seasonal veggies

Skewered beef (shish kabobs) on a bed of couscous w/ a vegetable gratin and small greek salad
__________________
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 05:27 PM   #6
Senior Cook
 
JamesS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: VA
Posts: 264
My universal answer to everything: Pizza!

Some things that might help us come up with recommendations:
What region is the bar in? In many cases, regional food is comfort food....just what you want to get the customers to sit down and stay a while (and drink!).

Does the bar have a theme? My fiance and I frequent a British Pub clone for the fish & chips. Quiche may not go over so well at a football themed sports bar!

What ingredients are always on hand? The fewer food items cluttering up your kitchen, the more efficient it can be...within reason.

What kind of prep area and holding areas do you have? Deep fryer? Oven? steam table, walk-in refrigerator/freezer?
__________________
JamesS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 05:53 PM   #7
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,984
I seem to lean toward latin foods. Stuff with beans, rice, and tortillas. You could offer a black bean burrito special one night. I also like making soups like Zuppa Toscana and clam chowder. But as JamesS said, it would be helpful to know where your restaurant is located and what the theme is. Something from another part of the country might go over well. Maybe print up a little something about the culture or region that the special is from. I enjoy reading that stuff while I am waiting for my dinner to be prepared.
__________________
vagriller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 06:01 PM   #8
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 39
Appreciate the ideas, guys!

The sports bar is located in North Royalton, OH, which is ten miles south of downtown Cleveland.

We have a flat-top grille, outdoor grille, two deep-fryers, walk-in cooler.

Ground beef, chicken breast, and pork tenderloin we often have in stock for specials. We order in different ingredients as needed to specific specials.

Thanks all
__________________
Jared_mizanin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 06:13 PM   #9
Cook
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 86
how about some pork or chicken souvlaki.... Butter chicken ..... Hungarian shnitzel or goulash. You could offer up some Italian dishes as well... veal parmesan, pasta alforno, Riggatoni a la vodka
__________________
gabagoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 06:26 PM   #10
Master Chef
 
jabbur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Newport News, VA
Posts: 5,481
I'd definitely go with some Polish/German recipes. They are usually pretty easy and in that area would go over good. Try pirogi, goulash, kielbasa and kraut, Ruben sandwiches.
__________________

__________________
I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!
jabbur is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.