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Old 02-15-2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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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.



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Old 02-15-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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Chicken pot pie
Pot roast
Hungarian goulash
Chicken paprikash
Roast chicken
Cheese steak sandwiches
Beef Stew
Irish Stew

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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Baked ham (NOT spiral sliced) and scalloped potatoes
Cabbage rolls and beets, rye bread
Cottage Pie
Chicken and dumplings
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:02 PM   #4
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Thanks guys...I'm getting some ideas already. Keep 'em rolling in!
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:02 PM   #5
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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
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:27 PM   #6
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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?
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:53 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:01 PM   #8
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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
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:13 PM   #9
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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
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:26 PM   #10
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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.

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