The Gameday Essentials Checklist for Restaurants

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Has your restaurant seen an increase in action every Monday night since the football season started up? If so, there are a few appliances that your restaurant needs to have to be able to run a successful Monday night football event that will not only keep your customers happy, but keep them coming back for more.

The first item, and probably most important piece of restaurant equipment on our checklist, is a good draft beer cooler. Draft beer is more popular than ever, so it’s a good idea to keep plenty on tap to cater to guest’s tastes. ShortOrder suggests getting one with a 2+ keg capacity so that your customers have a few options to choose from. Plus, by using a Kegerator that has a multiple keg capacity, you’ll have a smaller chance of running out during a big game. After all, the last thing a football fan wants while watching their favorite football team play is to run out of beer.

Next on our list of essentials is a nice, heavy-duty commercial fryer. When you get a fryer from ShortOrder, you don’t have to worry about it breaking down in the middle of a football game when your customers are ordering a plethora of fried foods. If this happened, your customers would not be happy, and might change their gameday hotspot for watching the football game.

Last on our gameday checklist is the perfect commercial charbroiler. Any restaurant that caters to football fans knows that on Mondays it’s best to be fully stocked up on favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs, which are staples in the Monday night football fan’s diet. This is why you need a charbroiler that will grill a great hamburger every time.

So are you ready for next Monday based on our checklist? If not, contact ShortOrder today and let us take your kitchen to the next level.

Cooking Performance Group or Gen2: Choosing the Best Charbroiler

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Any time you purchase an appliance, especially a commercial appliance for a restaurant, it requires a lot of research before you pull the plug and decide on the perfect model. You have to consider the size of the space you have, the features you require, the warranty and service, and, of course, the price. That is why we’re offering up this handy comparison guide of Cooking Performance Group (CPG) and Gen2 commercial charbroilers to help expedite your decision process.

Charbroiler Size
The standard sizes for most charbroilers are 24”, 36” and 48”. Both Gen2 and CPG offer chargrill units at this size in both radiant and lava rock. CPG does have a 15” lava rock model as well, but that’s the only real difference in the two’s lineups of charbroilers, and unless you have a very tiny commercial kitchen, you wouldn’t want to sacrifice the additional cooking space by getting such a small char grill.

Charbroiler Features
When it comes to buying a restaurant charbroiler, one of the first things you’ll want to know is the difference between radiant and lava rock models. Many people agree that lava rock charbroilers produce a better grill flavor than radiant models, but they don’t last as long as radiant charbroilers because of the porous lava rock. It’s your, or rather your customer’s, preference on this one.

Both CPG and Gen2 have lava or char-rock broilers and radiant charbroilers. The Gen2 charbroiler models have the option of a slanting the cooking surface, so a variety of meats can be cooked at the same time at different temperatures.

Charbroiler Warranty
Both brands have comparable warranties, but while CPG’s warranty begins on the original date of purchase, Gen2 cooking equipment warranties start on the date of installation. Depending on how long it takes the charbroiler to arrive, you could lose a week or more on your warranty with a CPG model.

Charbroiler Cost
The two brands have been fairly similar so far, but where Gen2 products really pull ahead is in the value you receive for such a low price.

ShortOrder, the manufacturer of Gen2 cooking equipment, offers a low-price guarantee, meaning they will beat any competitor’s legitimately advertised price on any comparable item in their inventory and still ship the item to you for free! You will be refunded 110% of the difference on the item from another restaurant equipment dealer.

Final Tally
In the end, Gen2 restaurant equipment is the clear winner in this comparison. The value you receive on their products, not just their charbroilers, surpasses anything their competitors can provide.

If you still need help choosing the perfect charbroiler, or any other commercial cooking equipment, feel free to contact at 800-211-0282.

Now Serving – Fall equals Football, the Perfect Employee, and Potato Salad

Friday, September 14th, 2012
September 2012 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 45
Now Serving

I can’t believe that it is already September! I am sure by now you are settling back into your fall routines: the kiddos are in school, you’ve packed the bathing suits and sunscreen away to collect dust until next summer, you’re getting ready for all of your favorite television shows to start back up, and most importantly football season has finally arrived!

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I’m not sure what state you are in, but down here in Texas, we live for football – high school, college or professional. We love it all! Drop by our Facebook page and tell us about your favorite team. Since I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, I’m naturally a Houston Texans fan! (It used to be the Houston Oilers back in the day, until they were shipped off to Tennessee… but we won’t go there.)

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but we do random giveaways on our Facebook page, so be sure to “like” us, so that you don’t miss out! Just in case you miss that, another way to save, is to submit a product review on We’re giving away a $50 Gift Card to one reviewer per month. Join me in congratulating this month’s winner: Warren Peck! offers a great clearance section, full of scratch and dent and discontinued inventory! These products have only minor physical imperfections and are protected by the full manufacturer warranty. Clearance inventory changes often so check our clearance section for the best deals.

In this month’s issue: The Formula for a Perfect Employee, a recipe for an easy potato salad that you can take to any party and our Featured Items: a True deep-well bottle cooler, a Gen2 char-rock broiler, and a Beverage-Air ice cream freezer.

Remember, this newsletter is for you and if there is anything you’d like to know more about – give us a shout! We’d love to hear from you.


Meghan Jarrell


The Formula to find the Perfect Employee

It is as easy as E.M.P.L.O.Y.E.E.

We all know that a business can be made or broken by its employees, especially when it comes to the service industry. It can become a costly endeavor to spend time interviewing, and training employees, so you want to make sure they are the right fit, the first time around. The process starts with the interview, as the employer you need to be prepared. Have a set of characteristics and experiences that you are looking for in the candidates. It is sometimes hard to determine if a candidate is going to be a good match from a short interview. Ryan Eby has come up with a quick acronym on “The Back Burner” blog to help. It is E.M.P.L.O.Y.E.E. Let’s break it down.

Engaged – You want an employee that is engaged and in-turn, engages your customers. Check for this during the interview by their answers, did they capture your attention with their responses? Were you left wanting more?

Mature – An excellent customer service employee is going to be mature. This is an easy trait to look for during the interview. You should be able to tell by the way they carry themselves.

Positive – A positive employee is a “must” when it comes to the service industry. Negative personalities will quickly bring down the team. After calling past employers, you will know if they are a positive or negative person.

Leader – An employee that is constantly being reminded what to do, can slow down your business. You want a leader who takes initiative. This can be best discovered by comparing their extracurricular and volunteer activities.

Organized – Any company, especially a fast-paced service industry one, will benefit from an organized employee. Their appearance during the interview and their resume can be a good indicator of this trait.

Yes Sir.” – This is an important quality trait when dealing with customer service. It is best to have respectful workers when dealing with high-stress situations and potentially angry customers. This is a hard trait to determine during the interview. Checking with their past employers would probably be the best way.

Efficient – Service industry jobs are demanding and fast-paced, you want a quick, efficient candidate. This quality will also be best discovered from calling their past references.

Energetic – Lastly you want an employee that is energetic and can keep up with the work load of your business. You should be able to tell throughout the interview if they are energetic and from looking at the other activities on their resume.

These are obviously not all of the traits that you should look for in an employee, nor should you rule a candidate out if they don’t have all of these qualities, but it should act as a helpful tool for t he next time that you are ready to start hiring again.

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Featured Recipe

Classic Potato Salad

This easy recipe from is a great side for any football party

Yield: 8 Servings


  • 8 med potatoes, cooked & diced
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 2 Celery Stalks, sliced
  • 1 Cup Onion, minced
  • 5 Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Paprika


  1. Mix mayo, cider vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, garlic powder, & pepper
  2. Add potatoes to mixture
  3. Then mix in celery, onions and eggs
  4. Sprinkle Paprika on top
potato salad


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Free Shipping: A Winning Idea

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

The restaurant business is a bigger challenge than anyone on the outside will ever know. Sure, there are always deadlines in business. But try being up against the nightly deadline called hunger. Not just the hunger of one patron, but all of them—all the time. And then when you consider how, in this day and age, just one complaint can ruin a business, reliable performance becomes an imperative. So when your restaurant equipment breaks down, you have no choice but to replace it—and fast. You do your research, you find the perfect equipment at the right price, and then, just when you thought you were home free, shipping costs are added in, and all of a sudden, you’re way over budget.

We’ve all been there, right? Who can afford the waste of time? That’s why, at Short Order, we have something radical we call, “Free Shipping.” Maybe you’ve heard of it? OK, so free shipping is not exactly a cutting edge idea. But when we thought about what would make a difference for you, the one on the hot seat, free shipping came to mind. You see, with Short Order, what you see is what you get. We have no intention of cashing in on your need for a quick solution, because we know how hard it is to run a business, and if we do our job, yours becomes just a little bit easier.

Whether you’re buying Frymaster Fryers or Manitowoc Ice Machines, you know that you’re getting quality at a price that makes sense. Nothing comes for free. Shipping costs, however, are some companies’ approach to increasing the bottom line. That’s just not how we do it. So the next time you need a char broilers or a carving station, with great quality and free shipping, you can rest assured we have your back.  And there’s nothing hiding behind ours.

APW Char Broilers: Backyard Grilling on the Menu

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

It is officially summertime, and thoughts of flame-broiled backyard taste are simmering in the minds of your customers. Now is the time to bring the grill indoors with an amazing char broiler to cook those fabulous burgers, steaks and other mouth-watering meals on your menu. Indoor grilling with the APW Char Broiler GCRB-48H-Nat will have your patrons telling all their friends about the delicious food you serve at your restaurant.

Whether it’s a succulent piece of sirloin, a plate full of spicy chicken wings or juicy smoked salmon, you’ll be sure to awaken the senses of anyone nearby with the best mid-range char broiler on the market. The GCRB-48H-NAT received Editors Choice and a 5-Star rating here at Short Order in part because this fabulous piece of restaurant equipment incorporates the highest BTU ratings in its class and is built for long-lasting durability. This Countertop Gas CharRock CharBroiler unit is part of a “Champion Cook Series” by APW, meaning the CharRock simulates a backyard charcoal barbecue. The CharRocks are self-cleaning, and maintenance is simple with a removable front panel, top grates and a bottom-mounted grease pan.

Designed with a double walled firebox protecting controls from hot temperatures, a stainless steel front panel and top skirt with a welded construction frame, the GCRB-48H-NAT is a solid piece of restaurant equipment. However, this char broiler is also a performer, reaching ideal cooking temperatures quickly and reducing the labor time needed to cook a hamburger up to 20 percent. The cast iron grate system can also adjust in height, allowing the operator to control how food is cooked.

At 48” in height, the GCRB-48H-NAT is the largest model char broiler in the Champion Series; although, the 24” and 36” models from APW also receive our Editor’s Choice and a 5-Star rating. Therefore, if you’re looking to put the backyard grill on your menu, you won’t go wrong with this selection of char broilers from APW.


Restaurants Choose Char Broiled Burgers for a Taste of Summer

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Char Broil Burgers for a Taste of Summer

The temperatures are starting to rise, the sun seems to be shining more, and everyone’s thoughts of food arechar broiler turning to the wonderful taste of a char broil burger. You know, char broil, that smoky, and grilled to perfection with the intricate pattern of grill marks way of cooking that only comes from a steel cooking surface over an open-flame. If you are like me, once that warm weather hits and summer is well on its way, this is the only way you want to enjoy your burger.

Char Broil Burgers for Better Tate

Charbroiling is actually one of the best ways to cook meats, be it chicken, steak or pork, to well-done or somewhere near there. Charbroiling enables the grill master to maintain the speed at which the meat is cooked, as well as the tenderness. Meats cooked on a char broiler also come off the grill perfectly moist and never dried out.

Char Broil Burgers Indoors for Outdoor Flavor

Restaurants are able to bring the outdoors inside by having a Char broil grill in their kitchen. There are several considerations a restaurant should take into consideration before purchasing this restaurant equipment appliance. offers a char broiler buyers guide that includes an explanation and comparison of the three main types of char broilers: char rocks, lava rocks and radiant heat.

Tips for the Perfect Char Broil Burgers

garland char broliersThe following tips will assist your restaurant staff in making the best Charbroiled burgers they can on your char broil grill.

1) Use the appropriate grate for the menu item.

2) Season the grates before the first use by preheating them to open the pores and brushing them with oil.

3) Pre-heat the grates before cooking to help reduce sticking.

4) Dip food in seasoned oil before grilling to reduce sticking and to enhance flavor.

5) Consider positioning grates on an angle for charbroiling. It will drain the grease better and gives you better control of heat distribution. Well done items go toward the top to cook slowly and thoroughly. Rare items go toward the lower position to cook rapidly on the outside and leave the inside rare.

6) Wire brush the grates after each use or batch of food product.

Grills Gone Wild

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Considering a Char Broiler purchase in the future? There are a few questions you need to answer before making your decision. First of all, which type are you looking for? There are three types: Cast-Iron Radiant, Stainless Steel Radiant and Lava/Char Rock. The radiant or char rock acts as a storage bank of heat. The more cold products you throw on the broiler, the more heat is drawn from the heat bank.


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