Bowl of foodservice Breaded Cauliflower with cheese appetizers in a restaurant setting

Menu Planning for New Restaurants: Which Appetizers to Offer?

With over a half million restaurants in the United States and new restaurants opening every day around the country, one of the most important elements to launching a successful eatery is deciding on a menu that your customers will enjoy and you can execute on. An overambitious menu can wreak havoc in the kitchen while at the same time playing it safe won’t necessarily excite diners.


At Fred’s for Starters, we have had the opportunity to supply restaurants all around the United States, both large and small, with a wide variety of appetizers since 1960. If there’s anyone that knows appetizers, it’s us.

To give new restaurants an idea for what customers want, we’ve decided to create a list of our most popular products:

  • Toasted Onion Battered Green Bean (#027520)
  • Breaded Mozzarella Stick (#0205120)
  • Macaroni & Cheese Bite (#0142220)
  • Battered Pickle Chips (#0274120)
  • Battered Mushroom (#0282320)

When planning your restaurant’s menu, think about what dishes your customers really want as well as what you can consistently deliver with top quality.