After you've created a menu category for your online ordering site, you can begin adding menu items to each category.
What are Menu Items?
Menu items are the food or drink items that customers can order from your menu, such Baked Ziti or Cobb Salad. In order to provide the maximum flexibility, eHungry allows you to specify a variety of options for each menu item.
In your Online Ordering Console, you can create a menu item by selecting "Restaurant Manager" from the main menu, and then selecting "Menu Items" under the "MENU SETTINGS" heading.
Then click the "+ Add a New Menu Item" button.
Here's a quick link to your Restaurant Manager page:
Menu Item Fields and Options
Let's walk through the details you'll need to provide for each menu item.
Here is what your customer will see, for reference:
This is the name of the menu item that the customer will see.
This is what will appear as a part of your online ordering site's website address. For example:
NOTE: you might serve the same menu item, like french fries, in different menu categories - both appetizers and entrées - but the menu item pricing might be different. You can have duplicate display names for a menu item (i.e. "french fries"), but each URL tag must be unique. In this example, you could add the menu category to the URL tag, like this:
If the menu item is spicy, new to the menu, gluten-free, heart-healthy, or vegetarian, you could indicate this by selecting the corresponding icon.
Add an optional description if you want to provide additional information about the menu item, such as accompanying side dishes, how the dish is prepared, or a list of ingredients.
When a customer reaches their checkout confirmation screen, you have the option to display a message to the customer.
An example might be if a customer ordered a type of fish that might not be available. You could add "Halibut is subject to availability".
Minimum Preparation Time
This optional detail allows you to notify the customer how long you expect it will take to prepare the menu item.
In your location settings, you can define a default average prep time for all orders, but if a specific menu item takes longer to prepare, you can indicate that here.
Minimum Number Required to Order
You're able to set a minimum number of a menu item that needs to be ordered. If you don't specify this number, the default is 1.
By default, the minimum number will be calculated per-order. For example, if a medium pizza has a minimum of 2 per-order, the customer must have at least 2 medium pizza orders in his cart before he can check out.
You can check the box for "calculate per-item instead of per-order", where a customer would be required to order the minimum amount of items before navigating to a new page. For example, if the minimum per-item order of a dinner special is 2, both dinner specials would need to be added to the cart at once.
Each menu item needs to be assigned to at least one menu category, or the item won't be visible to a customer. Menu items can be added to multiple menu categories.
You can select whether an item is available for delivery, pick-up or dine-in. For example, if you have an in-house special, you could only select dine-in.
If you don't offer a certain type at all (e.g. delivery), it's not necessary to uncheck the type for every item. You can control the default settings for your entire online ordering site in your location settings.
Item visibility for customers
This allows you to control whether a menu item is available for customers to order. You may choose to keep a menu item your Online Ordering Console, but keep it hidden from customers.
Item visibility for employees
If you add employees to access your Online Ordering Console, you can hide certain menu items from them, if access to these items isn't necessary.
Disallow special instructions
By default, customers will see a box where they can make special requests, like preparation instructions. If you don't want to allow the customer to make a request beyond what you offer through Add-Ons, select "Yes (instructions will NOT be allowed)".
Item can be ordered
You may want to display a menu item on the menu, but not allow a customer to order it. For example, if you offer an in-house special that isn't available for delivery or take-out, but you want to advertise the item.
By default, all items are taxed. You can select to have certain items exempt from taxes.
Show pizza options for this item
If the menu item is a pizza, you can select this option to allow customers to have separate toppings on the left side and right side of their pizza.
Each menu item can have different prices for each menu time. If you want the menu item to be available for customers to order in only one menu time, list the name and price in that menu time only.
Also, for each menu time, you can select up to six separate prices for each menu item.
Each menu item price must come with a name. Usually, the names will be something like small, medium, or large. If the menu item only has one price, you can simply put the display name again.
Each menu item must have a price to be visible to the customer.
You have to option to upload a maximum of 3 images of a menu item. Images must be in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format. This is an optional function.
That's it! Next you can create add-ons for your menu items.
Continue to the next step: Create add-ons
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