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TIP OF THE DAY: Food Bars Part 2 ~ Lunch & Dinner

Fully loaded from the hot dog bar. Photo
courtesy Dietz & Watson.


Yesterday we looked at food bars for breakfast and brunch. Today, it’s lunch and dinner.


  • Burger Bar: beef, turkey and veggie burgers with bacon, cheese (blue, cheddar, havarti, jack, swiss), condiments (barbecue sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise), grilled pineapple, guacamole, jalapeños, lettuce, salsa, sautéed/caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, sliced raw onion, tomato.
  • Chili Bar: bean chili and meat chili plus avocado slices, black olives, chopped green onions, cheeses (cheddar, jack, queso fresco), cilantro, corn chips, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, salsa, sour cream.
  • Hero Sandwich or Panini Bar: a selection of meats and cheeses with all the fixings: giardinera plus your choice of all the other ingredients in this article.
  • Hot Dog Bar: hot dogs, brautwurst and sausage (include non-beef, non-pork choices) plus assorted buns and rolls, bacon, baked beans, blue cheese, caramelized/grilled onions, chili, cole slaw, condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard choices, olives, pickles, relish, corn relish, salsa), jalapeños, raw vegetables (cucumber, diced tomato, onions, shredded lettuce), shredded cheeses.
  • Falafel & Gyro Bar: babaganoush (eggplant spread), couscous, falafel balls, lamb, lettuce, onions, pita bread, tomatoes, olives, tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber sauce—recipe).
  • Mac & Cheese Bar: one or two mac and cheese recipes with different cheeses and pasta shapes, plus lots of toppings: caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, seafood (crab, shrimp, scallops and lobster if you’re in the chips), fresh herbs, heat (chili flakes, diced jalapeños), toasted bread crumbs.
  • Nacho Bar: tortilla chips plus black olives, chili sauce, chopped fresh chiles (jalapeño and a milder option, such as banana peppers), cilantro, diced tomatoes, guacamole, hot sauce queso sauce (regular and jalapeño), refried beans, salsa (different types), shredded lettuce, sliced green onions, sour cream.
  • Pasta Bar: different pasta shapes and at least three sauces (cream-based, olive oil-based, tomato-based), grated cheese, meat and vegetable toppings.
  • Pizza Bar: basic red and white pizzas plus most of the toppings listed in the rest of this article.
  • Potato Bar: baked, fries, mashed and/or sweet potatoes with chives; same fixings as the Mac & Cheese Bar.
  • Risotto Bar: plain risotto with all sorts of mix-ins like asparagus (or seasonal vegetables), bacon, caramelized onions, cheese, cheeses (crumbled blue and/or goat cheese, grated or shaved parmesan), chives and other fresh herbs, ham/prosciutto, seafood (crab, lobster, scallops, shrimp).
  • Salad Bar: The original food bar concept; expand the ingredients to allow for the creation of chef salads, Cobb salads and spinach salads.
  • Soup Bar: Best in the winter with hearty soups like vegetable, potato or tomato, with garnishes of bacon bits, beans grated cheese, green onions, meats (diced chicken, sausage slices, shrimp), rice and/or other grains and sour cream/Greek yogurt.
  • Taco/Burrito Bar: beef, chicken, fish plus chopped tomatoes, cilantro, grated cheese, guacamole, olives, onions, salsa, tortilla chips, refried beans.
    Coming tomorrow: dessert bars.


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