Get your visual glands salivating. It’s time to recap the best menus shown on Art of the Menu this year. We will be back with our regular programming on January 7, 2013. No other posts will be published until then.
We see a lot of crazy type combos on AotM but this casual script, condensed sans, and sculptured logo make for a great plate.
The menu items look dense and a success in itself but the illustrations are just too much to handle, giving the menus a highly lickable quotient factor.
Simple combination of regular and condensed Futura is sandwiched with a cover featuring the restaurant’s great script logo and those wooden planks just scream “Eat!” for some reason.
Forget cheap plastic covers, these menus are delivered in freshly braised wooden planks. Okay, maybe not burnt on the spot, but it’s the closest you will get in time and distance to a hot brand poker.
The excellently named Torotoro brings the bright, fluorescent lights of Tokyo to you so that you can enjoy your Sushi.
Foregoing some of the trends of other menus, Storico goes full-on traditional and vintage with some glorious, centered serif stylings and some minor vignette illustrations.
Yes, yes, I’ll admit. I’m a sucker for script logos but you can’t deny that its look on the menu doesn’t want to make you puff that cigar.
A great serif selection served seared on a wooden plank that keeps the menu in place with a steampunk-ish clip.
Made to look like a diary, this menu might have you feeling like a peeping tom but what you might actually be feeling is the effect of the cocktails chronicled within.
Nestled inside a cheap-o cover this menu reveals an oddly appealing ASCII-art-esque typewriter selection.
Guilty once more: script logo alert! But also great illustrations, great typewriter typesetting, and, most importantly, great taxidermy presentation on the photos.
I never expected to choose these posters-as-menu as the best of the year but they do what any great menu should: establish the attitude and food style of the joint, describe as vividly as possible the menu options, and be aesthetically great. These individual illustrations make choosing the right hot dog easy by exaggerating the ingredients and helpfully pointing at each with a big arrow. Hand-drawn excellence all around too.
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