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    Specials

    Hi everyone, can you explain what the special is on the menu? Is it an offer? Thank you.

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    Re: Specials

    In general, specials are a particular dish or combination that is only served at a particular time and possibly for a reduced price. For instance, a restaurant's breakfast specials may only be served from 7:00am to 11:00am, for instance.

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    Re: Specials

    Another view: Specials are items that are not part of the everyday menu. Perhaps the chef saw great looking grouper at the fish market, so she decided to offer a coconut curry grouper as a special on that night's menu, in addition to the regular fish choices available all the time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Specials

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Another view: Specials are items that are not part of the everyday menu. Perhaps the chef saw great looking grouper at the fish market, so she decided to offer a coconut curry grouper as a special on that night's menu, in addition to the regular fish choices available all the time.
    Yes, often they come from a chef's finds in the market.

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    Re: Specials

    In the type of restaurant without a "chef" a special is usually an item that is specially priced. You can get the fish sandwich any day of the week, but it is a dollar cheaper on Friday.

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    Re: Specials

    Call me an old cynic if you like, but I've often thought that serving something up with a fancy sauce and calling it a 'special' is a handy way of shifting stuff that's been cluttering up your freezer for a long time.

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    Re: Specials

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Call me an old cynic if you like, but I've often thought that serving something up with a fancy sauce and calling it a 'special' is a handy way of shifting stuff that's been cluttering up your freezer for a long time.
    I suspect that happens too.

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    Re: Specials

    In British restaurants (and pubs which serve food) the specials are, as BarbD said, dishes which don't appear on the constant printed menu. They are usually listed on a blackboard or on a separate sheet of paper and they change every day. They are offered in addition to the main menu which contains multiple dishes which are offered every single day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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