Are contactless menus at restaurants here to stay?

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, photo courtesy Olive Garden
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, photo courtesy Olive Garden /

Contactless menus at restaurants are the new norm, but are they here to stay?

At the majority of restaurants, contactless menus are the only way to check out what’s available. Some may have paper menus, but a contactless menu you can get on your phone is the new normal.

Let’s be honest here, I think it’s safe to say that we have all, at least once, have touched a dirty menu. In fact, I’m pretty sure it has happened to all of us more than one time. You sit down, open a menu, and bam, there’s salsa or another dip and crumbs all over it.

Even if the menu appears clean, chances are it’s not really disinfected. I used to work as a waitress and we did wipe the menus, but only at the end of each shift. Sure, we cleaned one or removed it if we caught it super dirty.

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More often than not, though, it went unnoticed since the menus are handed to the waiters closed or there simply is no time. After the COVID-19, this was absolutely unacceptable. All restaurants removed all menus.

Restaurants are sticking with contactless menus

Now, you go to a restaurant and scan the code at the table for a menu to appear. I have seen some locations that offer paper menus you can throw away after you’re done with them, but it seems like such a waste of paper!

Contactless menus are truly the best option and the safest option for everyone, whether it’s for COVID-19 or not. The fewer germs, the better. After all, no one wants to be sick, especially during this time.

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What do you think about contactless menus at restaurants? Do you prefer these over regular menus?