When it comes to restaurants, the devil is in the details. Managers and chefs spend countless hours crafting menus, arranging tables and building ambiance to make sure that the diners in their restaurants have an incredible experience. If recent experience is any indicator, though, there is one glaring detail that many restaurants seem to have forgotten: how to spell the items on their menu correctly.
I know, how persnickety. But when we're talking about restaurants that charge $30 for a plate of pasta, persnickety is the name of the game. Even lower-end restaurants that claim to have perfected any cuisine should know better than to misspell their specialties. Besides, anyone who's ever worked in the service industry has seen a chef completely lose their shit on a line cook for fucking up a plate garnish, but apparently they're not as worried about serving "tartar" instead of "tartare."
In case you were wondering, "tartar" is that gross shit that accumulates on your teeth when you don't brush them, or a sauce you get at Catfish King. "Tartare" is a preparation of finely chopped raw meat or fish served with accoutrements. See the difference? With any luck, the "tuna tartar" at Cadot in North Dallas is actually a tartare and not chunks of ahi floating in mayonnaise and pickles.
And poor Caesar. His name is being bastardized on menus across the city, most notably at Lavendou. I thought it might be a French restaurant thing, but no. Al Biernat's, Terilli's, and Kenny's Italian Grill all have "osso bucco" instead of "osso buco" on their menus. Belly & Trumpet is hawking "cleriac," even though they got "gnocchi" and "tamarind" right in the same dish.
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The next time you're out eating dinner, pretend you're a high school English teacher. I promise you'll notice a few spelling errors. Sure, spelling things correctly on your menu isn't going to make the food taste any worse, but it does make an impression. Either way, I shouldn't have to be the bitchy schoolmarm and establish that spelling things correctly is important. So for the love of cheese, chefs. Please stop spelling things wrong on your menus. Spell-check exists, and so does Google.