Cheesy Quinoa Bites
They continue push each other in developing recipes techniques and signature menus that keep us coming back for more. We all have our favorite menu items and while one person may prefer one restaurant over another for a particular entree or appetizer the fact is they all are a genuine article and clearly worth the effort to imitate. Just a note in regard to businesses (especially non-restaurant) some have to take steps and go further and get patents or licenses on their discoveries to help protect them from being copied. With restaurants it is a little tougher as getting patents and licensing on food is much more difficult and not quite the same as building up a new technological advance like an I-pad.
With the exception of serve your self style of service restaurants basically copy each other on the overall operating format of how the customers are served and taken care of right down to including "similar" items being listed on the menus. They all keep a watchful eye on each other to see what is working well and may change a menu method of service cost or whatever the case may be to accommodate current customers and coax new paying customers to spend money in their establishments. It is a constant see saw battle. Regardless of these restaurants copying and competing with each other for our dollars they clearly are the bar to which we compare the taste of our favorite foods to.
So the journey began in search of restaurant recipes. Most restaurants do not give out their recipes and why would they? They might lose a return customer if they did. I do see some restaurants that are selling some of their menu items in the grocery stores more than before but sort of limiting it to just a few items. I have also read about a person that would ask the cooks for their recipes and how some might spill the beans once in awhile but again fairly limited results. I remember one time my wife and I were at a Dennys restaurant late one night and how much we enjoyed their marinara sauce used with the mozzarella sticks we had ordered. We asked the waitress about it and she did check with the cooks on that but they really didnt know much about it and we thank her for trying.
There may be certain varieties to some degree and some times highly advertised as an edge to promote it however chicken is chicken beef is beef broccoli is broccoli and so on right? How these get prepared and put together to be served though is what truly makes the difference. Recipes for these foods have been handed down through the generations using the basic forms of preparation from the skillet ovens and grills to boiling pots and now microwaves. Keen thought and purpose to introduce new combinations of spices sauces and marinades to these basic methods help to enhance the flavors of these basic foods. This is has and will continue to be goal of many people and certainly with restaurants to help set their style and food apart from others.