Crab Macaroni  Cheese at Phillips Seafood
The Crab Macaroni & Cheese at Phillips Seafood is among the sides that contributed to a 14-percent dinner and 39-percent lunch check increase.

Restaurants use innovative side dishes to boost checks

Chains and independent restaurants are increasingly using unusual ingredients and preparations for side dishes to draw consumers and increase check averages. 

Side dishes, the supporting cast of restaurant menus, often in the shadow of center-of-the-plate stars, are increasingly finding their way into the spotlight.

Traditional vegetable and potato sides, while still common, are now being dressed up with innovative flavors or joined by dishes with complex preparations or sophisticated ingredients once reserved for main dishes. And with some premium sides priced at more than $8, operators said they are an effective way to get gues

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