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Designing The Perfect Menu

Those brand new area rugs and that spiffy dining room paint job might look great, but all customers will remember about your restaurant is the food. Unfortunately, if you design a lackluster menu, your guests might not be tempted to try some of your best dishes. In my twenty years in the restaurant business, I have made some mistakes and had more than a few successes. I want to share the things with you that really work, so that you can enjoy your early days as a restaurant owner. Operating a restaurant is hard, but by heeding the right advice, you can enjoy the journey.


Meatloaf Variations That You May Find At Your Local Gastropub

Meatloaf probably isn't in your family's weekly meal rotation these days — and while you might have griped about this dish when you were a kid, the thought of sitting down to a plate of meatloaf might be appealing to you as an adult. If so, your local gastropub can be a good place to enjoy a meatloaf dinner. The menu will likely feature a homemade, standard meatloaf just like your mom used to make. However, there may also be some meatloaf variations that will appeal to those who favor this dish. Here are some varieties of meatloaf that you might encounter at your gastropub.

Stuffed Meatloaf

You may find stuffed meatloaf available at your local gastropub, which can offer a surprise with each bite. This variation consists of a standard meatloaf, but with something inside of it. For example, there might be hardboiled eggs in the center of the loaf — giving you a nice slice of egg with each piece. Or, there might be a sausage that runs the length of the loaf, some rolled-up pieces of thinly sliced ham, or even some cheese. Each of these stuffed additions can add flavor and fun to your meatloaf dinner.

Meatloaf Sandwich

Many gastropubs will also have a meatloaf sandwich on the menu. Unlike other sandwiches, this isn't generally one that you'll eat by hand. Instead, it's a hot sandwich that is best to eat with a knife and fork. That's because the sandwich is often covered in beef gravy. It's the type of meal that sticks to your ribs and can be a good choice both when you're really hungry or when you're looking for an option on a cold winter day.

Turkey Meatloaf

If you're someone who tries to limit your intake of red meat, you don't have to give up on your goal of enjoying a plate of meatloaf during a visit to your local gastropub. It's possible that the eatery has meatloaves made of other types of meat on the menu. Turkey meatloaf is a popular choice, and the lean nature of this protein might appeal to you. The meatloaf still consists of ground meat with a variety of herbs and spices mixed in, but it has a completely different taste because of the turkey. Gastropubs commonly have weekly specials, so you may want to see if the meatloaf is a promotional dish on a certain night of the week.

To learn more about the food offered at gastropubs, visit a gastropub in your area.