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September 22, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: Perkins menu

1whole_menu2expandedOJ Ganesh writes:

I caught this at my local Perkins. They have a new menu called the Great Day Breakfast menu. While the front of the menu is OK, the fine print on the back of the menu isn't so good.

It makes me think that, for a limited time and at participating restaurants, I could increase my risk of foodborne illness! Yum. A small rewrite might be in order.


hah thats good. breakfast is the beginning, foodbourne illness is the end.... but only 4 a limited time.

Posted by: gmangw at September 22, 2005 12:27 AM

Quick! Everyone hurry before there's no more foodbourne illness available!

Posted by: asdfl at September 22, 2005 01:02 AM

The sentence could use a subject, huh? Poor and confusing language in an ad of all things!

(Yes, that smell is burning sarcasm.)


Posted by: Randy at September 22, 2005 05:31 AM

When I read the first line, I thought "Not broken, it's good for them to warn people that eating raw meats is not good. Y'know, cuz not everyone knows that."

Then I read the second line and thought "Still not broken, maybe some people are looking for food-related illnesses and have had trouble locating participating restaurants."

I know I'm on my way there now for the Rooty Tooty Fresh n' Botulism breakfast.

Posted by: Manni at September 22, 2005 08:55 AM

Does the Rooty Tooty Fresh n' Botulism breakfast come with a side of Salmonella?

Posted by: Arlene at September 22, 2005 10:24 AM

Which fork do I use to consume my foodbourne illness?

Posted by: Faolan at September 22, 2005 11:07 AM

No fork: just use your hands.

Posted by: Sean at September 22, 2005 01:41 PM

Don't bother washing your hands either. Any soapy residue may kill some of your foodbourne illness. Then you wouldn't be getting your money's worth.

Posted by: chaos at September 22, 2005 02:33 PM

I wonder if they put little symbols by the menu items so you can choose the ones that are raw or undercooked?

I wonder if "Yesterday's Seafood" is one of the participating restaurants? No, wait, it only says "raw or undercooked," not "old."

Posted by: Pat at September 22, 2005 02:39 PM

Going to Perkins for anything other than breakfast is broken. They have an awful lunch/dinner menu.

Posted by: anon. at September 22, 2005 03:34 PM

Oh puh-leez. They are required by law, i think, to put that warning on anything that could be ordered raw. All they're saying is: If you order this rare, you could get sick.

Posted by: Bob at September 22, 2005 03:46 PM

Bob, did you look at the wording? Methinks not.

Posted by: nickd at September 22, 2005 04:21 PM

Bob is close. I don't think restaurants are "required" to place this disclaimer on their menus, but many now are in hopes of avoiding legal hassles. As Bob says, they're just letting you know if you order anything cooked rare, they won't be responsible for your getting sick. Plus, Perkins isn't the only restaurant chain putting this disclaimer on their menus. I've been seeing it on menus for the past year.

Posted by: Inkslinger at September 22, 2005 04:22 PM

Bob and Inkslinger- you're missing the whole point! After the warning, it states, "For a limited time only at participating restaurants." THAT'S the broken part.

Posted by: ambrocked at September 22, 2005 05:50 PM

Simply unfortunate that it was worded that way. Both of them apply generally to the menu, it's just the way of putting them both at the at the bottom of the menu and putting the one after the other.

Posted by: Jesse at September 22, 2005 06:49 PM

It's because people like to order undercooked eggs: over easy, over medium (my favorite) and sunny-side up, in particular.

Steak gets ordered under done, too.

And in fancier restaurants, Caesar Salad, which has raw egg in it, and Hollandaise Sauce, which has under cooked egg.

Posted by: Boris at September 22, 2005 07:04 PM

I had better hurry over to the nearest Perkins right away! I might have to go to China or a cruise ship to get those diseases! I hope the cooks don't wash their hands after having diarrhea!

Posted by: Sido at September 22, 2005 10:03 PM

I like bacon with fine print

Posted by: eric at September 22, 2005 11:57 PM

I've always wondered who could be so clueless to word things in such an odd way and not notice. Having read the responses to this one, the mystery is solved.

Posted by: Oi at September 23, 2005 04:16 PM

Ohhhhh now i see! Yeah, they should probably not say those two disclaimers in one breath. BROKEN!

Posted by: Bob at September 24, 2005 06:55 AM


(anyone remember the game show network ads?..)

Posted by: Botulism at September 27, 2005 04:30 PM

isn't the 'Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity' an IHOP thing? Are they servin' up food borne illness also? Must be a craze, like those sandwich wraps, and lo-carb...

Posted by: juice at September 27, 2005 09:56 PM

This is one of the funniest typographical errors I've seen here.

Posted by: Me at November 4, 2005 09:56 PM

Interesting that you found this and at Perkins. My boyfriend and I went to a Perkins in Florida a couple of years back and I ordered a salad before dinner. I took two bites and noticed something strange on the plate, picked it out and it was raw meat, ground beef to be precise. I was extremely disgusted and they didn't even apologize.. Sick!!!

And now they have it advertised.. OMG!

Posted by: naiashashi at December 2, 2005 02:23 PM

Telewizory Lcd,


Posted by: Tele-wha? at March 14, 2006 12:31 PM

It will increase your risk of foodborne illness for a limited time only!? That stinks. I love getting foodborne illnesses.

Posted by: joe at April 22, 2006 04:42 PM

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