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  1. El Wayne

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    Someone I know is opening a nightclub here in SoCal but the liquor license is a type 47 (hard liquor with food) so he has to serve food. He's looking to do something SIMPLE, like one signature item done several different ways. An example would be this place: http://www.thebakedpotato.com/home.html

    They ONLY do baked potatoes, but they have 21 different versions. After all, what can be simpler than a potato?

    The thing is that his club is a little more upscale than this, so baked potatoes might not fit the image. Same can be said for burgers, pizza, etc. Does anyone have a suggestion for a simple menu item that can be offered in at least 5-10 different ways, is easy to store and prepare, yet reflects at least some sophistication?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. GuyIncognito

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    he could be tongue-in-cheek and offer all the stuff you end up eating after the nightclub...chicken and waffles, white castle-esque burgers, tacos, etc. obviously not easy prep, though.
     
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    Buy seasonal, sell same = rotate menu

    Jazz up some;

    Grilled Cheese sandwiches
    Muffuletta
    Muffuletta salad
    Po' Boys
    Shrimp
    ...

    If they've got a deep-fryer - chicken drummies - mild or wild or honey are frozen and ready to go in less than 5 minutes... offer ranch dressing and a celery stick or BBQ sauce or...

    that can be a constant on the menu, along with rice'n'beans or what-have you - but other items can rotate
     
  5. Korr

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    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

    Could really think out of the box and make jelly and peanut butter sandwiches.

    Toasted. On white or on wheat. Buttered extra.

    Sliced from corner to corner or down the middle. Halved or quartered. With crust or without.

    There are many ways to go with this PBJ idea.
     
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    Donuts!

    Name the place Drunkin Donuts.
     
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    #7 bmwm3, Sep 27, 2009
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    fondue...Most clubs around here do sushi
     
  10. GuyIncognito

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    actually not a bad idea. I've seen the same thing done with "premium" grilled cheese sandwiches (using brie, artisan bread, etc)
     
  11. El Wayne

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    #9 El Wayne, Sep 27, 2009
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    So far, the premium grilled cheese idea sounds fantastic (so many variations available but ingredients are easy to store and preparation is simple) as does fondue. Not so sure about the PB&J though.

    The Victor Tango's menu looks good but is not really what he's going for. Too complex, too many ingredients.

    Thanks, guys! Keep the ideas coming. You're all welcome to drinks on the house on opening night!
     
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  13. Cicero

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    I think this is IN california, but what about fries with 20 diff toppings/dipping sauces served in a spiral holder or cup with a paper cone? Fancy flavored salts etc.

    Or diff kinds of nachos. They have some lobster ones at Ritz that are great and very simple and clean looking. Not the ball park type with ladle of cheese/chili. Individual chips each with its own topping get about 6 to a serving.
     
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    #11 El Wayne, Sep 27, 2009
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    This was actually my first idea. Of course, instead of "french fries" they would be "pommes frites." Then again, he could offer both sandwiches "au fromage grillé" and "pommes frites." Why does French make everything sound more upscale to the American ear?
     
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    curly fries are nice too. make them fresh so you don't need freezer space. just grab a spud, put it in the cutter and right into the fryer. use sweet potatos for something different.
     
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    Take my fondue idea and then the idea about the grilled cheese and mix it in one...

    you dip the butter toasted bread into the cheese and basically have bite sized grilled cheese.

    What is the theme of the club?
     
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    sliders.. upscaling can be made with wagyu beef/buffalo w/ sweet potato fries

    I would think something like http://www.cocosala.com/ bite-size dishes.
     
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    #15 agup48, Sep 29, 2009
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    Mini-pizzas.
    Eggrolls, wontons,
    Cheesesteak
    Cuban sandwiches
    Pita sandwiches

    I like Korrs idea of Drunkin' Donuts. :D
     
  19. GG

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    Why doesn't he just serve one single dish and not promote the sale of it what-so-ever? I couldn't imagine more than 1% of nightclub patrons actually ordering food INSIDE a nightclub...

    Unless he sets it up as a supper-club. Dinner until 10, then the lights go off and the music turns on...
     
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    #17 El Wayne, Sep 29, 2009
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    The city is now saying that he has to have a menu of some sort and will likely have to be open for food at an hour that's too early for clubin'. Basically, it has to be presented as a legit restaurant that transforms in the evenings.
     
  21. GG

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    So essentially a supperclub.

    I strongly suggest your friend take a trip to Montreal for a weekend and check out the clubs there. They basically set the precedent for supperclubs, in my opinion, and they are highly successful.
     
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    I love that place! they have great live music there.

    If you came up with 5-10 different ways to prepare ahi tuna, I'd eat there everyday.
     
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    #21 Wade, Sep 29, 2009
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    In Holland they serve Bitterballen, they're freakin' awesome, especially when dipped in spicy mustard. Usually one of the waitresses walks through the crowd carrying a large tray full but they don't last long. Once you taste one you're constantly on the lookout for the next round (which is sometimes a tray of cheese cubes; almost as good).

    Although the recipe above is quite good the best Bitterballen are made with some kind of meat paste instead of ground beef.
     
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    #22 El Wayne, Oct 1, 2009
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    Yeah, I used to live up on the hill behind it and was a regular. Great music.



    I'll let you know if it ends up going that route - then you can become a regular!

    Sounds delicious. I looked around and it looks like minced veal is commonly used.

    Has to be prepared on the premises, so it can't come from a local bakery. Also has to pass for "dinner" food if served during dinner hours of 6-9pm.
     
  26. wax

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    Wayne -

    Keeping everybody out of fantasyland, roundtable this:

    What would you eat?
    What would the owner eat?
    Wives?

    How would you want food/drink service/atmosphere?
     
  27. Waldoonay

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    Personally, in keeping with the theme of a club, your best bet is something simple, CLEAN, and that doesn't fill you up like crazy.

    Have you considered serving tapas? They're usually quite simple, look a little fancier than most other meals served at restaurants, and are tiny.

    Personally I would run with the "amuse bouche" idea.

    How refined is this place going to be, I've been to a few bars and clubs that serve food and some pull it off more than other, whether it's a classy place or not.

    Best!
     
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    Waffles and pancakes
     

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