Late to this party, but you people missed some crucial things:
Bacon everything (I like bacon too, but c'mon, do we have to put imitation bacon bits in everything now?)
The word “whimsical” on a menu
Sourdough everything (most of the time, they're adding fake sourdough flavor, too!)
Restaurants that don’t know the difference between rare/medium/well and a certain number of minutes (a rare steak is hot inside but bloody red; one that looks similar and is room-temp inside is raw -- not the same thing)
The phrase “comfort food” (most restaurants don’t seem to serve anything uncomfortable, but they push comfort. Should we eat in our PJ’s?
“Special” mac-and-cheese, meaning with a bit of something (e.g., lobster) in it so they can charge a fortune for it
-tini. Just because it comes in a triangular glass and is a very small amount of booze for a very large price, it’s not necessarily a martini. “Saketini” as a “word” gives me hives.
“Made especially for us by our friends at….”
Caesar salad (I am willing to argue about anchovies, but a salad that isn’t made from Romaine lettuce, a fresh egg-olive oil-garlic dressing, parmesan cheese, and probably croutons isn’t a Caesar. The worst I've seen was "our house special Caesar," which had chicken, iceberg lettuce and spinach, a garlic-peppercorn-cream dressing, and sliced radishes. In what sense is this a Caesar?)
When “rustic” means “chopped coarsely by a blind drunk”
American stupid kid foods tarted up to be clever (you shouldn’t be raising your kids on chicken nuggets, though I grant that some kids really are a pain about this, but under no circumstances should grownups think it’s cute to buy a $25 plate of “our special adult chicken nuggets”)
500+% wine markups