Monday, February 16, 2009

Menu Misspellings

I hate seeing misspelled words on menus. Most of the time it's chilpote instead of chipotle, or some variant of "mescaline" for "mesclun." If the misspelling is egregious enough, it might prevent me from dining in a particular establishment (if care wasn't taken when printing the menu - an important part of a restaurant - then how much care was taken in choosing the chef? the ingredients?)

While browsing Open Table for NY restaurant ideas, I came across Butter, the restaurant of Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli, host of the Cooking Loft and judge on both Iron Chef America and Chopped, all on the Food Network. Schmancy Web site, and a couple of amusing typos.

What are you favorite menu typos? Those in Chinese restaurants are usually pretty entertaining. The carry-out menu at Szechuan House has a description that reads "meat sauteed born fried crispy eatable." It took me a while to realize (not until I had eaten a similar dish elsewhere) that "born" should be "bone."