Strange Ways Restaurants Have Served Food
Restaurants offer the best way to get a fantastic meal and spend some time relaxing. When it comes to presenting that meal, most people just want their food without dealing with any kind of fanfare that complicates everything. This doesn't stop some spots from delivering their dishes in their own unique ways, though.
These restaurants had some peculiar ways to showcase their dishes. Whether they make you laugh or shudder, it's hard to say they didn't make some kind of impression.
Primarily used in Japan, hibachi grills can cook a decent meal with a delicious, char-grilled taste. The thing about these grills, though, is that they’re big. A chef can cook multiple cuts of meat over a traditional hibachi’s charcoal flames.
With Arms Wide Open
Salmon tartare is one of the fancier foods you'll devour at high-end parties or restaurants. Made from raw salmon, this treat is often served as an hors d'oeuvre. It’s also great on crackers or bread for a delectable snack.
Gotta Bag It Up
Smoothies are perfect for delivering a big boost of nutrients. Over the years, the smoothie industry has skyrocketed. With more smoothie bars opening, the industry can expect more money to come pouring in.
You Are the Champion
Mostly served in the United Kingdom, Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs wrapped with ground sausage and then fried. The picnic food is virtually a national dish, and you can find the eggs in just about every pub.
Put Your Foot in Your Mouth
Depending on where you live, fritters are a prime treat. These breaded morsels can contain various fruits, meats and vegetables. In the U.K., fritters are often served alongside the ubiquitous fish and chips. In America, zucchini and apple fritters are popular versions.
This Food Rocks
When you're at a new restaurant, it’s easy to be indecisive about what to get. Fortunately, tasting menus exist to help you out. These feature a sampling of small portions to taste-test. They’re also a chef's way of showcasing their cooking skills.
Make It Hot
After a long day at work, there's nothing like a cocktail. With so many different variations available, it’s fun to test them all before finding your favorites. One of the most popular cocktails in the world is the old fashioned, which saw a resurgence thanks to Mad Men.
Digging Up Some Breakfast
Without a proper breakfast, your entire day can feel miserable. Some 44% of Americans choose to skip breakfast before heading to work. Whether you're eating cereal or eggs, breakfast gives your body an important boost to make it through the day. But you might still want to watch your portions.
What Does Ken Think?
If you ever want a debate about steak, ask someone how they like theirs cooked. Steak is one of the most popular meats at restaurants across the United States. Knowing this, one restaurant still found a weird way to try and make the meat even more eye-catching.
Read It and Eat, Boys
Sometimes, you want to see what's happening in the news while eating. Many people check their local newspapers during breakfast. But some experts are against reading anything while you're eating — some studies suggest this can lead to weight gain.
Logging Those Meals
When you look up "delicacy" in the dictionary, don’t be surprised if you find a picture of oysters there. One story went around stating that oysters were better to consume during months with the letter "r" in them. This meant it became almost impossible to get them during the summer.
Pot Goes the Weasel
Tiramisu has always delighted dessert lovers. The dish saw a spike in popularity after it was mentioned in the hit comedy Sleepless in Seattle. While people normally eat tiramisu cold, having it warm is actually just as good. But is having it "planted" still tasty?
From the Street to the Table
There's nothing wrong with having a piece of bread by itself. Many people chow on bread as an appetizer. A slice of bread offers ample carbohydrates to help fuel your body. But the carb-conscious among us don’t view it as the healthiest option.
Wood You Care?
Many people can't get enough of this scrumptious breakfast. Thanks to old-school diners, eating pancakes at any time of the day is a joy. And we don’t just love them in the U.S., either. Whether making them from rice or bananas, countries around the world create pancakes in their own special ways.
A Futuristic Way of Eating
When it comes to pastries, apple is a favorite filling. You’ll find it in various forms, including apple turnovers and apple fritters. With more variations of apple pastries in the works, fans can't wait to get their hands and mouths on all of them.
On the Grind
No matter where you are, you're probably a few steps away from a hot dog. Vendors march up and down the street, ready to serve these delicious snacks. They're also a must-have food at picnics and cookouts.
Taking Out the Trash
When it comes to parties and sporting events, nachos are definitely a desirable snack. Nachos are so powerful that there’s a holiday celebrating the food. The snack was named after Ignacio "El Nacho" Anaya, who invented it back in 1943.
Ashes to Ashes
Peanut butter is one of those foods with a flavor that pairs well with almost anything. Some people dunk celery sticks in a jar of peanut butter. Others spread their animal crackers with the nutty goodness. No matter how you use it, peanut butter will remain a versatile food.
Up on the Roof
Originating in France, Brie is a cheese that often tastes better as it ages. Despite the various types of Brie, the French government only allows Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun to be sold using the Brie name. People often confuse Brie with fellow French cheese Camembert.
Sorbet on the Beach
If heavy ice cream isn't your thing, a lovely, light sorbet can cool you down on a hot day. This treat is different from Italian ice because it uses real fruit. It's also one of those treats that people make with wine instead of water for some extra punch.
No Dressing for You
When you want to start eating healthier, salads are a great menu option. In a poll conducted by YouGov, a market research company, 83% of Americans report they can't get enough of salads. But, a vast majority of these voters were over the age of 55. When people want to get healthier by eating salads, it should be more convenient to do so, right?
Hanging Out to Dry
Bacon isn't just on the side of your breakfast plate anymore — it’s sort of a culinary holy grail. The average American consumes 18 pounds of bacon yearly. A 2013 poll by Smithfield determined that about 65% of Americans would approve of declaring bacon the new national food.
Going Too Far
Gelatin is a refreshing treat for people of all ages. Aside from tasting great, this dessert offers some key health benefits thanks to its collagen content. The most popular brand of gelatin worldwide is Jell-O, which people have been eating since the 1880s.
If you're out with friends, trying to choose something to eat can be challenging. One thing everyone can usually agree on is a classic hamburger. Americans eat more than 14 billion burgers every year. With 50,000 burger spots in the United States, it's difficult to pass up on a burger.
Think Outside the Bun
Tacos have become a beloved meal around the world. In the United States, people eat around 4.5 billion tacos yearly. The love for tacos caused Taco Bell, which started out as a hot dog and burger joint, to begin serving them.
Drinking Is Fundamental
In the U.K., teatime is important. British people drink a combined 150+ million cups of tea daily. Despite this number, the U.K. is behind Turkey in terms of tea consumption.
Ronald McDonald Isn't a Fan
As we mentioned, burgers and fries make for a simple yet effective solution for a quick meal. A combo doesn't cost much, and you'll get your order in a couple of minutes. But as ubiquitous as they are, burgers and fries aren’t all created equally.
Fill 'Er Up
Beloved by everyone, doughnuts might just be one of the most perfect foods ever. Whether it's part of your breakfast or a late-night snack, a doughnut can definitely sate your sweet tooth. Every year, Americans eat 10 billion of the round pastries.
Make It Yourself
In the Middle East, hummus is common at many meals. Hummus is so popular that 300 cooks from Lebanon created a masterful ode to the tasty dip. Weighing in at 23,040 pounds, it earned the Guinness World Record for the largest dish of hummus.
Going Hard With Seasoning
When it comes to cooking seafood, Old Bay seasoning is practically a necessity. This seasoning has been a top choice for crab boils for decades. Outside of seafood, people throw it on various meats such as turkey and roast beef, too.