Funny Menu Mistakes Around the World
From "spitted" pizza to crap omelettes, navigating a menu while traveling can be a lesson in local culture-or its own form of dinner theater.
By Katrina Brown Hunt
Suzanne Wenz loved one meal in Barcelona so much that she took the menu home with her. It wasn't so much for the food as it was for the delightfully comedic, Catalan-meets-English listings. "It included a delicious Attack of Chick Peas and for dessert, Strawberries & Scum," says the executive from Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza. "Of course we had to order it, and I kept the menu as a little souvenir. I always appreciate the effort of a small restaurant to translate their menu into English."
No doubt, one of the best ways to experience a culture when you're traveling is to eat in the mom-and-pop, hole-in-wall restaurants, where you can be served the most authentic local cuisine-as well as some of the funniest, most charming, or downright confusing culinary descriptions. Thanks to the well-meaning but non-English-speaking menu scribe, "crab" can easily become "crap," or "deviled" eggs may be rendered "demonic." And that advertised "dog menu"…is it a listing of items that a local canine might enjoy for supper, or suppers created using local canines?
We've rounded up some of the funniest menu mistakes photographed around the world. See for yourself, and if you've come across any in your travels, upload the photos to our community and let us in on the joke.
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