Have you ever walked into a restaurant and was handed a dine-in menu, only to be disappointed because its print is hardly readable, it’s greasy, and the information is not well organized so you don’t know where to look? You do not want to make these glaring mistakes when designing a dine-in menu for your food business. The same thing holds true for takeout menu printing – you want to make sure that it is printed with the highest quality possible to impress your customers.
The good news is that there are many print shops that are now offering online printing services. Depending on the number of copies that you need printed, they can use either a digital or offset printing process. For small jobs, digital printing uses a desktop printer. For bigger orders, offset printing is used which utilizes huge printing presses with state-of-the-art printing technology. In terms of quality, offset printing is also better. It provides professional-looking results because of the full color, HD printing process used.
Takeout Menu Paper Options
Now, if you would like to finish your takeout menu printing task with professional-looking results, you need to pay attention to even the smallest details. For the paper used for printing, here are some of the decisions that you need to make:
- What size should I choose for the takeout menu?
The available takeout menu sizes are 4.25” x 11”, 8.5” x 11”, 8.5” x 14”, 9’ x 12”, 11’ x 17”, and 11” x 25.5”. The smallest size is great for packaging, the 8.5” x 11” option is the standard size, while the succeeding ones are legal size, folder sheet size, tabloid size, and map size. Choose one that will fit the number of items that you have on the menu.
- How about the folding option?
There are many folding options available including trifold, Z-fold, half fold, single gate, double gate, double parallel, roll fold, accordion, French fold, and half then trifold.
- Medium or extreme gloss?
Choose between 100# gloss text book paper with medium gloss and extreme gloss using 100# cover paper.
- What about the paper thickness?
You can use either 16-pt. or 17-pt. paper stock for takeout menus.
By familiarizing yourself with the paper options for takeout menus, you can produce the best quality print ad materials that will suit the image of your brand in the food industry.