Hi all! This is my first post, but I've looked around here for a few months and have found so much great information. Thought I'd post about something, and see if anyone has any ideas.
I have a coffee shop/cafe where I serve very basic breakfast and lunch items. I am owner/operator, and have part time help, but I do all the cooking, prep, etc., so please keep this in mind in your responses (no sous chefs here...lol!). I make everything from scratch as much as possible, including my soups, breads, pastries and goodies, I oven roast all my meats for sandwiches, and I have a daily special or two in addition to my regular menu. That's where my question comes from.
I would love any "special of the day" ideas any of you may have. Some of the ones I've done to date are open faced meatloaf sandwiches with gravy, stroganoff, bbq chicken sandwiches, meatball subs, chicken cacciatore and taco salads. These are popular, but I'm looking to expand this rotation.
My limitiations are pretty simple: The specials need to be easy, without lots of steps for service. I try to keep the specials to the type of things that do well in a crock pot or oven for most of the day, without losing quality. I usually start making my special at about 9 am, as that's the lull I have in my schedule between breakfast and lunch, and I usually have about an hour of mostly uniterrupted time. Lunch starts at 11 am till 3 pm.
I'm not looking for recipes per se, as I can find those or create them. I'm just looking for ideas for the specials you may have experience with.
Thanks, and I sincerely look forward to hearing your ideas!