Sandwiches on restaurant menus - only in Canada, you say? Pity.
November 23, 2012 10:33 AM Subscribe
Is it unusual to see sandwiches and burgers on restaurant menus outside the US and Canada?
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats to Food & Drink (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a relative who left Canada in the 60s to move to the UK. Since then, she and her family have lived in the UK and Northern Europe. Whenever they visit us, they get very annoyed (and judgy) about how our restaurant menus almost never have "proper meals" on them. They go to great lengths to point out that most of the food on the menu is a sandwich, burger or wrap or, perhaps a selection of pastas and stirfries, and then only a few items that are "proper meals'.
I've countered with the fact that they are going to fast casual restaurants, which I understand to be somewhat uncommon outside the US and Canada. I've also noted that these menus have many selections that feature entrees, but that they (and my Canadian relatives) choose not to order them as they range from $18 to $30 and my family prefers to dine out happily more often for $8-$12 meals.
I let them know that, if they wish to go to a restaurant that is not fast casual, they would find most of the entrees would be "proper meals", as they call them. And that, in those cases, they would also be paying the prices they are used to in the UK/Europe. I explained that fast casual restaurants are more like pubs than what they expect, since many of them do double duty as sports bars.
Incidentally, when they do order a "proper meal", they complain that they are not getting meat covered in a "proper sauce". I gently explained that perhaps the meat here has more traditionally been of a quality where sauces were not needed and so not ever meal we serve has "sauce". (Sorry - after that much complaining, I wasn't quite as keen on being polite.) So maybe they just have it in for everything here.
Anyway, per the chicken sandwich question earlier today, I wondered about traditions in other countries. I am a bit baffled by them, as I've travelled to many countries around the world and I think there is a wide variety of restaurant items. And I'd expect that, taking countries like NZ and Australia into account, menus couldn't be that different. So perhaps it's just the UK and Europe or the kinds of restaurants my relatives visit? Or their desire to complain and distance themselves from all things Canadian?
Fast casual restaurant examples: White Spot, Moxie's, Earls, Cactus Club, Boston Pizza.