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101 Iconic Restaurant Dishes

101 Restaurant 101 Menu Dishes

Whether it’s a classic, enduring favorite from an era-defining chef or a food truck sensation that went global, the 101 restaurant dishes listed here left an enduring mark on our culinary landscape.

When designing your menu, keep in mind that diners read menus in a certain way. For example, they look for prices first. So, smart restaurateurs place their highest margin items at the top of each section.

Appetizers

Appetizers are a great way to start a meal. They can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. They can be light and refreshing or rich and filling. They can also be a great way to get your guests excited about what is to come.

Many national chain restaurants serve appetizers. These can include Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Outback, Chili’s, and more. Many local restaurants will also offer appetizers as well.

Some popular appetizers include bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, spinach dip, and fried calamari. These can be served on a variety of different breads or chips. Some are even finger foods, which make them easy to eat while talking or having drinks.

Salads

Whether you want something light and crisp for lunch or a substantial salad to make dinner out of, there’s really nothing simpler than a big bowl full of veggies. The options are endless — try tangy arugula, hearty baby kale, or sweet baby spinach. Experiment with different textures, flavours and garnishes for a salad that’s as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat.

Adding in some seasonal fruits like ripe watermelon and peaches can make this salad into an entire meal and it’s easy to keep the ingredients prepped ahead of time so that this is a fast, satisfying weeknight dinner.

A Gusto 101 and 501 favourite, this salad consists of organic lacinato kale, zante currants, toasted pine nuts and pecorino cheese dressed in lemon vinaigrette. The leaves are massaged or lightly steamed before combining with the other ingredients, resulting in tender leafy greens that stand up well to a few hours of travel in a container.

Sandwiches

Parm’s takes on Italian-American soul food have reached iconic status. Their homemade takes on the classics are crafted in a fun and familial environment, creating an authentic experience. The menu consists of recognizable dishes that have been elevated to the highest level, with the help of Michelin-Starred Chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. Served on your choice of plain bagel, buttered roll, country white, seedless rye, wheat or multi-grain bread. Choose a side of home fries, soup or salad.

*The nutritional information for this item was provided by the restaurant. Nutritional information may vary due to preparation techniques, ingredient substitutions, addition/deletion of ingredients or condiments, and regional differences.

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