Pâté of roasted indigenous legumes, paired with a compote of seasonal berries?, Anyone?
I live in Camas Washington, a suburb of Vancouver WA, which in itself would be considered a suburb or Portland OR, Camas is beautiful indeed, and wouldn't live anywhere else, but Camas is not Bordeaux, or Dijon, yet some restaurants seem to disagree with me.
I would not consider myself cheap per se, but when you start seeing words like "Deconstructed", "Foraged", "Aioli", "fresh cracked pepper", "buttermilk-soaked", in an otherwise quaint little town's downtown restaurants, then you get the picture.. it becomes a bit annoying.
Take for example, this "Menu" item:
Pâté of roasted indigenous legumes, paired with a compote of seasonal berries, served on hearty sprouted wheat bread.
You realize that the above just means Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.
So why the pompous name then, well, a PBJS will set you back, say 3 bucks, whereas our hearty wheat bread option can ring up to 6, or 7 dollars a piece, a nice 100%+ markup for fancy words, sacré Bleu!!.
Up-selling in the restaurant industry is a huge industry in and on itself, and apparently it works, it just doesn't for me.
So in the spirit of giving to all folkspeople like me a gift, I present you with with my amazing "Fancy Menu Generator", so if/when you decide to open your own restaurant in downtown, get your menu ready, and slap on it an outrageous price on the items (suggested price included), you can't go wrong, here it is: