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As a result of this consumer awareness and growing demand, virtually every Café has a selection of healthy menu items in each service of their menu rotation. These healthy choices don’t necessarily replace popular menu favorites like Chicken Fried Steak, Pizza, or Macaroni and Cheese, but instead provide a range of healthy alternatives to café guests. Whether the guest selects a grilled chicken salad labeled as heart healthy, or decides to indulge in a grilled cheese sandwich with fries, the choice is left up to the guest.

So how do you measure the performance of healthy menu items, and determine which ones should remain in rotation, and which ones should be replaced with more appealing choices? Although the long line out the door whenever the Sushi Chef prepares fresh California Rolls at lunchtime is the only clue you will need to measure the popularity of the Sushi Bar, other items will require a review of historical sales data to evaluate their performance.

To track healthy meal sales, all menu items within the inventory file of the Café’s POS System should be added to an appropriate department, and then sorted further into a sub department or sub category. Label one of your sub departments “Healthy” to track healthy sales. For example, an egg white omelet could be added to the breakfast department, then further sorted into the sub department of Healthy. A turkey and vegetable wrap may be added to the lunch department, then added to the sub department Healthy. As a result of this categorization, both the egg white omelet and the turkey wrap will appear in the “Healthy” sub department, which will make tracking and comparing their historical sales information an easy process. Depending upon your POS system’s reporting abilities, an alternative approach is to create a Healthy Department, then create sub departments of breakfast, lunch, etc. and then create reports using the Healthy Department as a sorting method. With either approach, sales history reporting is available to track the Café’s Healthy item sales.

Upon a review of the sales performance data, healthy menu items which are not selling well could be discounted to help market the items and improve their sales. Review sales history data again after promoting the discount so that the effectiveness of this marketing strategy can be measured.

Tell us about the success of your Healthy menu selections, and what has helped promote their sales.

For traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair, try Azio Downtown at 229 Peachtree Street NE. The restaurant is located on street level of the International Tower in Peachtree Center. The menu includes pasta entrees, veal, chicken, seafood, and pizza. Lunch and dinner are served on weekdays, with dinner only on Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary parking is available after 5pm across the street in the International Garage Peachtree Center with a validated ticket and dinner receipt.

Pittypat’s Porch, at 25 Andrew Young International Boulevard, has been an Atlanta landmark restaurant since 1967. Have drinks on the veranda and then enjoy some traditional Southern entrees including fried chicken, Georgia catfish, barbecued ribs, and shrimp and grits. The breads are homemade and specialty desserts include pecan pie, peach cobbler, and their famous blackbottom pie.

Ray’s in the City is downtown Atlanta’s premier seafood restaurant. Fresh seafood is flown in daily and sushi is made-to-order. The menu also features hand cut steaks. Sides and salads are ala carte. Stop in after work for $5 drinks and small plates from 3-7pm. Enjoy live music Wednesday-Saturday evenings. Their original restaurant, Ray’s on the River, has been an Atlanta favorite for almost 30 years. Ray’s in the City is open for lunch and dinner. Validated parking is available after 5pm in the Americasmart parking deck.

For an elegant fine dining experience, try Nikolai’s Roof Restaurant in the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, at 255 Courtland Street. Nikolai’s has won the Triple A Four Diamond Award for 24 consecutive years. Chef Stephanie Alderete was recently named one of the 2013 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US by Gayot. Her specialties are French and Russian cuisine, and the sophisticated menu changes seasonally. Entrees include beef, lamb, and seafood selections. Dinner is served Tuesday-Saturday. Early evening specials are available Tuesday-Friday from 5:30-6:30pm for $39 per person. A special four course dinner menu is available for $82 per person. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Carnegie’s, at 55 Park Place, is a great choice for a business lunch. Located in the heart of downtown, at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Park Place, Carnegie’s has been serving weekday lunch for nearly two decades. The menu offers burgers, sandwiches, and salads as well as chicken and fish entrees. Diners can overlook Woodruff Park.

Big Kahuna, one of the city’s newer restaurants, has a casual, beach inspired theme. Lunch and dinner are served Monday-Saturday. The menu offers juicy burgers, salads, tacos, fajitas, and seafood. Enjoy a tropical cocktail on their patio. The restaurant is located at 330 Peachtree Center Avenue.

The Minus was chilling our bones and we looked for a place to warm ourselves, have a good meal and top it off with some mind involving conversation. We found just the place: The HotHouse Cafe in Toronto on Church Street.

OK, so we did not just randomly bust into this place. It was recommended by a good friend and long time resident of Toronto. It was a day off for Canadians but not very crowded at 3pm. The space is very bright and airy. We had seats right next to the ‘floor to ceiling’ windows. It was wonderful to be in a warm, colorful and comfortable restaurant while mere inches away there unravelled a winter wonderland.

Our lunch included salad, thin crust gourmet pizza, pasta, beer, sparkling water, water, iced tea … Each dish was well presented, light and very tasty. Salad was fresh and crispy, just seasoned enough. Pizza had the right combination of herbs and spices. I did not personally try the pasta but from the empty plates around me I concluded that it was right on the spot. We felt pleasantly full at the end and satisfied. Our server was pleasant and not pushy.

If I did not live across the continent I would make this my regular hangout and lunch stop. Definite recommendation. Go there!

Wooden beams, exposed brickwork and a roaring log fire create a cosy ambience that is both rustic and elegant. The luxurious Inn that the restaurant is housed in, makes the ideal get away for a weekend or mid-week break, so why not treat yourself to some fabulous food and a stay in one of England’s oldest and best loved Inns? As with many British restaurants in Rutland the menu is seasonal but when available appetizers can include smoked and deep fried lamb sweetbreads with tartar sauce soused herrings with curried egg salad, sourdough, apple and capers or Colchester oysters with lemon and shallot vinaigrette.

The menu proudly states that all game dishes served are exclusively ‘wild game’. Diners can enjoy mains of roast grouse with bread sauce, game chips, root vegetables and Madeira sauce, smoked pigeon breast salad with black pudding, apple, beetroot, toasted hazel nuts and pancetta or roe deer saddle tournedos with celeriac puree, fondant potato, braised red cabbage and glace. Seafood is also on offer and for guests in the mood for something a bit different the monkfish supreme in a Thai-style coconut, vegetable and crayfish claw crème with steamed rice is a real treat! Classic dishes such as Launde Barnsley chop with crispy sweetbreads, dauphinoise potatoes and cherry tomatoes or the Lincolnshire red filet steak and foie gras with rosti potatoes, buttered vegetables and port glace are sure to impress.

There are not many restaurants in Rutland offering a specialized asparagus menu, but The King’s Arms takes great pleasure in celebrating this fantastic, English ingredient. When in season the asparagus menu has delicacies such as asparagus with smoked eel, tomato salad and Hollandaise or asparagus served plain with pan friend pancetta and herbed garlic sourdough croutes. Anyone wanting to take home a treat will be delighted to know that goodies are available for purchase from the traditional smokehouse on site. Hot smoked Rutland trout, smoked Stamford cider and mustard roast ham and black pudding made with Jimmy’s very own special spice mix are just a few of the culinary treats guests can take away.

Don’t even get me started on the desserts, which quite simply are out of this world! The usual classics like vanilla crème brulee, fruit crumble and sticky toffee pudding can all be found, and of course each one has that unique Kings Arms twist! However it’s the ‘A Little Something Else’ part of the dessert menu that will pique the interest of many diners. The amaretto biscuit and orange parfait terrine with strawberry and orange salad is light and refreshing while the deep fried Christmas pudding with brandy sauce ice cream and apple compote is pure indulgence! With food this good it’s easy to see why The King’s Arms Restaurant in Rutland is one of the top destinations for anyone serious about great British cuisine

My favorite dishes here are the quiches, chicken dishes and crepes. Hamburgers are awesome. They are made from fresh ground meat and priced around $6 including fries. Freshly baked bread and/or rolls start of each meal. Full entrees like Chicken Dijonaise, Marsalla Chicken or other beef and steak dishes are priced around $15 at lunch time. The quality of services and cuisine is very consistent at La Dijonaise.

For dessert I would recommend the opera cake. Simply delicious. Their chocolate chip cookies also commend attention. Completing the meal with coffee rounds the entire experience …. There is a take out area as well where customers mostly pick up their bakery items. Coffee is quite good. It does taste better when enjoyed in a nice cup in the restaurant. The coffee cups to go they have here affect the coffee taste.

We have been coming here for a few years and will continue to do so in the future … Highly recommended indeed..

Info as of February 26, 2005
La Dijonaise Cafe Et Boulangerie
8703 Washington Bl
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 287-2770

How to differ an online food portal and restaurant portal?

People generally think that both terms are same and there is no difference between them. Even they explain their experience and their acts over such kinds of portals. It’s been confusing to differ an online food portal and restaurant portal, but due to their fundamental ideology they can differ. But the question is that how can we differ them when they serve almost same things.

So, as a critic or as a customer, we can recognize the difference through their base concept. The online Food portals serve or offers different cuisines to order online, but Restaurant listing portals allow you to list your restaurant and book a table in that. Both give you a huge list of restaurants and cuisines, but how to consume it, it’s differ with them.

Restaurant Portal is for B2B or Business to Customer?

Generally, portals are B2B (Business to Business), that allows a business to register and list in the directory of that portal. But in the case of Restaurants, this functionality becomes Business to Customer, where customers can access their services online or offline.

For a Restaurant Listing Portals, it’s a messy confusion to classify them under B2B or Business to Customer. Because they are offering both functions. These kind of portals offers a service to list a restaurant under their directory and on the other hand, they allow a customer to book their table in that restaurant.

Benefits of Restaurant Listing Portals

Before indulging with restaurant listing portals, you should understand their benefits and their functions and this is for both – an owner and a customer.

For Restaurant owner

For restaurant owners, these kinds of listing portals are more beneficial than other portal listing. Why?, Because:

  • These are more relevant and particular for the restaurants.
  • These kind of portals has a great audience ratio, which help to grow.
  • These increases the online visibility in restaurant reservations or booking searches.
  • These kinds of listing directories, offers an individual panel to the owner to check what happen with their listing.
  • Through their control panel access, owner can judge the preferable choice of their targeted audience.
  • It suggests or shows complete report to the owner.

For a Customer

Like a Restaurant owner, customers also get benefitted through restaurant listing portals. How? Because:

  • It gives a huge list of restaurants situated nearby them.
  • With a multiple restaurant choice, customer has a list of different cuisines.
  • It gives a freedom to select or deselect the table anytime in the process.
  • It is easier than the traditional process.
  • It provides complete details of the restaurants – their cuisines, their opening and closing time, their speciality, etc.

Newton Circle, Geylang and Lau Pa Sat are some places well-known for their lip-smacking delicacies, but you can always go beyond these. If you travel into the heartland of the local residential areas, you are sure to chance upon a little haven that serves great food. One of these areas would be Kovan. It used to be a part of Hougang. Today, it is regarded as a food haven by many.

The region of Kovan borders the Upper Serangoon Road. It is quiet during the day and on weekdays, but comes alive on weekends, particularly at night, as people come to look for late-night treats. There are many family-run businesses here along with a number of small cafés and restaurants. At these cafés and restaurants, one can get a taste of Western cuisine and a variety of desserts.

Kovan Hougang Food Centre is a must-visit for any tourist touring the country for the first time. Such places are also called hawker centers. This place is filled with Singapore’s local flavor. Here you will also find food that most Singaporeans grew up eating. Speaking about meal rates, the food is good and cheap. Teochew Porridge and the Nasi Lemak are the specialties of this place. There is another hawker center that sees long queues for its Fish-ball noodles and Charkway Teow.

While these food joints are deeply rooted in their Singaporean flavors, the non-local Nakhon is the real crowd puller in this area. It is located at a short distance from Hougang Bus Interchange or Kovan MRT. It serves Thai cuisine which is a hot favorite with most Singaporeans. Being very popular in the area people visiting are prepared to wait in a queue for long periods to have dinner there. So, if you want to dine there, you will have to go early to get yourself a table before the crowd starts coming in. The biggest drawback of this restaurant is that it does not offer customers the privilege of advance reservations.

In recent years, the Kovan Hougang Food Center and all the eateries in the surrounding areas are also enjoying better business as more and more residential developments are being built in addition to the large number of tourists that flock to the center to get a taste of the cities local flavors.

DO: From the get go, sit where the host seats you.
Unless physically you are not able to sit there because of a handicap or your too cold so sit close to the door, the host operates on a system where they rotate the tables so they can evenly give servers tables. It is widely understood that some people may not fit in booths and that is perfectly fine. If you’re noticeably upset for little reason, nine times out of ten the message will immediately get relayed back to the assigned server, who in certain situations might not want to spend too much time at your table.

DON’T: Stiff your server.
In other words, don’t leave a tip of zero dollars. Although some service is terribly awful, the staff is working to keep you happy and belly full while trying to feed their own. The average server makes close to 5 dollars an hour, which in hindsight, is about 40 dollars a week if it weren’t for tips. They make their money off the tips that the customers leave. When they get stiffed, it’s almost like that entire table and all that energy was a waste of time. If you’re a regular that doesn’t tip, you probably notice that you’re receiving mediocre service night in and night out. That’s because in the servers mind you aren’t worth their time if you’re not going to tip. They rather have the couple in the corner that are first-timers that are going to leave a nice couple bucks for the server.

Verismo System Pros

The greatest advantage the Verismo system has over K cups and their ilk, is its ability to make barista quality lattes. Verismo uses a pod system called K-fee, which originates from Germany. The K-fee pods allow for lattes by combining an espresso pod and a powdered milk pod. The ending latte is quite delicious and is equivalent to ordering one in a Starbucks store. Plus you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy a great latte.

The Verismo system also allows Starbucks to brand and sell their many different blends of coffee. Most of the blends are strong and acidic, like the brewed coffee in a Starbucks store. My personal favorite is the Veranda blend, which also happens to be the lightest blend currently offered.

Cons

The greatest challenges facing the Verismo system are the price of the pods and the variety of said pods. A box of 12 pods tends to average $12 with some blends costing slightly more. It’s hard to find the pods for less, because they are almost exclusively sold at Starbucks stores. K cups for example can cost significantly less, due to the many K cup utilizing brands competing with each other. More competition lowers the price for the consumer. Since Verismo chiefly only competes with itself, there is less of a need to make the prices ultra competitive.

Variety, while improved since the introduction of the Verismo pods is still greatly lacking compared to K cups. Verismo pods are currently offered for coffee, lattes and some teas. While selection is bound to improve over time, don’t go with Verismo if you favorite coffee blend or tea currently isn’t offered. You could be waiting awhile for it to become available.

Verdict

I recommend the Verismo system to anybody who enjoys a latte above all other coffee drinks. Verismo pods and machines consistently produce a delicious and barista rivaling latte with the convenience of never having to leave your kitchen. Plus if a daily latte is your habit, using the Verismo system will actually save you money in the long run when compared to going to a Starbucks store everyday.

We wake up from a dead sleep caused by a Saturday night of too much everything, settle into the car, and tune the radio to one of the acoustic sunrise stations and drive while Radiohead carries us to Solstice Cafe in Grant Park. There it is at the north end of a strip mall, next door to an vacant space, a dirty, old, rundown laundromat, and a small Mexican food market with a ceiling lined with pinatas, Solstice Cafe is a quaint, bohemian food spot easily below the foodie radar.

Simple metal tables painted over with an amateur painter’s touch, walls lined with paintings in various media and a bar serving both omelettes and alcohol, this is yet another secret spot unvisited by the hordes of breakfast feeders searching for another order of biscuits, grits and pancakes.

Solstice Cafe is what would happen if you turned an excellent bohemian coffee shop into a breakfast and lunch spot and then gave it a liquor license. The staff is friendly and on this particular Sunday morning, everyone seems to be gripping the hours before tomorrow as they sip their coffees and enjoy Sinatra crooning over the speakers.

The menu is lite, mostly consisting of eggs, sandwiches, potatoes and other simple fare. No pancakes, no super size servings. Just a quiet space away from the lines at the Flying Biscuit, Thumbs Up, and Crescent Moon – all with a huge painting of Elvis behind the bar.

Review Summary: 4.3 out of 5

562 Boulevard SE

Atlanta, GA, 30312

(404) 622-1976