If you’re the owner or manager of a steakhouse or burger joint, you know that your customers expect flavor, diversity, and creativity when it comes to your restaurant’s menu items.
But you also know that you have so many other aspects of your restaurant to manage-like payroll, staffing, building maintenance and purchasing. All of those tasks can keep you busy from sunup to sundown, which means that you don’t always have the time you’d like to sit down and ponder new menu items or intriguing variations on old favorites.
If this sounds familiar, one option you should consider is to look at some cost-effective and easy-to-maintain food products that you can sprinkle throughout your menu to add new zest and interest. Here are a few examples that illustrate how you might do just that with golden fried onion topping, which is widely available for wholesale and commercial purchase:
Idea One: Add as a steak topping.
Your sirloins, flank steaks and rib eyes will enjoy an instant flavor boost when you top them off with a just-right serving of golden fried onion, especially when you add the onions to the meat immediately after it comes off the grill and serve right away.
When that happens, the onions become warmed by the steak below, and they soak up just enough natural juices on the way to the table that they’re pretty close to perfect by the time your guest takes his first bite.
Idea Two: Suggest with salads.
The ideal start to a fine steak dinner is a fresh and flavorful garden salad, but too many restaurants make the mistake of serving salads that are merely bowls of lettuce topped with a single cherry tomato and a few shaved carrots. Customers expect something a bit heartier from a steakhouse or burger joint, so don’t be afraid to throw in some cheese, mushrooms, broccoli or bacon bits-as well as some tasty fried onion toppings.
Idea Three: Add to your baked potato.
Nothing complements a juicy steak dinner like a giant, fluffy potato, baked to perfection and stuffed with all the fixins’. Offer it topped off with golden fried onion and your customers will be hooked for life.
Idea Four: Top off your hamburgers.
Lately it seems like everyone is crazy about gourmet, over-the-top burgers-and the more toppings, the better! You can add fried onions to classic cheeseburgers, serve with mushroom gravy for a tasty sirloin burger, pair with mozzarella and pizza sauce for an out-of-the-ordinary pizza burger, or add to chili for a first-class chili burger.
Idea Five: Serve with Bloody Marys.
These days, people are almost as crazy about over-the-top Bloody Marys as they are about gourmet burgers. Set up a build-your-own station in your bar that includes fried onion toppings as a garnish and watch your brunch bar sales soar. Other garnishes that will work well with fried onions are plump green olives, chilled (and peeled) shrimp, horseradish, lemon wedges, roasted corn, jalapenos, cucumbers or cilantro.