Would You Like Some Nibbles and Roughage?
Whatever happened to “appetizers,” “entrees,” and “desserts?" Instead of those traditional categories, many restaurants are opting for cutesy menu sections like "pickings" and "fun bites" instead. Perhaps it's no surprise: Rare are the restaurants that offer the traditional three-course format anymore. Now, often, it's choose-your-own-adventure with a selection of small plates, which range from single bites to shareable dishes, plus family-style platters that demand lingo of their own—even if it's hopelessly vague. (What are "urban picnic" dishes anyway?) Take a look at where you can find snacks, smalls, chomps, other goods, and other quirky menu subsections.
Fainting Goat: Nibble, Graze, Chomp, Feed
Roofers Union: Stacked, Stuffed, Simple
Teddy & The Bully Bar: Garden, Coast, Plains, Tavern, Docks
Beuchert's Saloon: Snacks, Whole Meals, Company, Treats
Lincoln Restaurant: Pickings, Pantry, Roughage, Farmstead, Meadows
Daikaya: Fun Bites, Green Things, Fish Things, Meat Things
Evening Star Cafe: Smalls, Supper
B Too: Out of the Fridge (cold starters), Into the Oven (hot starters)
Firefly: Urban Picnic, Mains
Founding Farmers: Dogs & Rolls, Fresh Catches, From the Range, Meatless
The Pig: Pig, Less Pig, Greens & Starches, Supper
Rose's Luxury: Cold, Warm & Grill, Other Goods
Station 4: To Share, Principals
Photo from Fainting Goat by Jessica Sidman