A menu is a list of the foods and beverages available for purchase at a restaurant or eatery. At fast food eateries, the menu is often posted near the ordering counter or drive-thru line, whereas diners and restaurants usually give each customer a menu at the table.
There are several different types of menus:
A la carte is French for "by the card." An a la carte menu lists items that are available for individual purchase (in other words, standalone items that are not part of meals or courses). A la carte offerings tend to be more expensive than they would be if purchased as part of a meal or combination.
Du jour is French for "of the day." A du jour menu changes every day and lists the offerings available on that particular day. Soups are often part of du jour menus. For example, a restaurant might offer chicken noodle soup one day, lentil soup the next day, vegetable soup the day after that, and so on. Du jour items are sometimes referred to as "daily specials."
A cycle menu is similar to a du jour menu; however, cycle menu items are tied to specific days and are repeated weekly.
A static menu does not change often and is the main type of menu at most restaurants. Static menu items are divided into categories, such as "appetizers," "salads," and so on.
A fixed menu offers a limited number of items at fixed prices. Table d'hote and prix fixe are two types of fixed menus. The former usually offers options for appetizers, meals, and dessert for a set price. This type of menu allows the customer to mix and match items. The latter is similar and often includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for a fixed price, but it does not offer choices for each category.
A beverage menu lists the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks offered by a restaurant.