There used to be a note on the top of the Entrees list stating that sandwiches came with your choice of Seasonal Vegetables, Homemade Chips, or French Fries. Now, there are barely enough sandwich-style options on the menu to warrant the note.The Strip Steak is now an Herb-marinated steak served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables instead of the twice-baked mashed potatoes. In fact, mashed is the only style of potato you’ll see on the menu now (besides French fries,) in order to better streamline the kitchen. (Starchy vegetables cost money, people.) The Cheese Steak Sandwich, also now comes with––you guessed it––mashed potatoes. The Plaza Burger is now $22 (up from $20) and comes topped with the same brisket that’s used in the Mac & Cheese, which is no longer baked and instead topped with sour cream and jalapeños. A Plaza Club will run you $17. The Lobster Cobb Salad still costs $21, and while avocado isn’t listed in the ingredients, it is still shown in the image, thankfully. The Home-style Meatloaf remains unchanged, save for the presentation on the menu. It used to be served with two fried onion rings on top as garnish, now served plain. (At least they didn’t raise the price. Quite possibly the strangest item to remain on the menu is the Bangers & Mash, the only other plant-based vegan option on the menu besides the Wedge Salad.
All in all, the needless cutting of options here, starting with the macro level of a heavily condensed All-Day menu, to the micro of removing sides and options, rubs many faithful Plaza patrons the wrong way. As with any menu change, it takes a few months, if not a full year to determine whether it “works” or not, so we’ll have to wait and see just how permanent these changes are.