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No. 686: "Off the menu" as in "not on the menu", not "from the menu"

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar, Andrew Coker

T-Rex: I'm going to order something off the menu at a
T-Rex: CHINESE RESTAURANT.
T-Rex: To do so, simply order a number higher than about 300.
Utahraptor: Hi! What would you like to order?
T-Rex: {boldly} A number 471, please!
Utahraptor: {utterly unfazed} Chicken or pork?
Caption: LATER:
T-Rex: Loss of status was never so delicious...

The author writes:

I once read a guide to picking good restaurants. One of its tips was:

The longer the menu, the worse the food. (Except for Chinese restaurants, where the exact opposite applies.)

Oddly enough, there is a Chinese restaurant (Szechuan to be precise) near me where we always order a dish that isn't written on the menu. Mainly because there are no vegetarian appetisers on the menu suitable for my wife, and the first time we went there we asked if they could do something vegetarian. The waiter rattled off a list of things they could make. Now we just order one of those every time and the waiter simply writes it down without even batting an eyelid.