The website Eater unveiled the menu for Food Network star Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar this week and it is chockablock with “wow-sabi cream,” “gnarly Greek salad” and “Guy’s famous donkey sauce.” It’s also chockablock with exclamation points — 21 by my count, starting with the first item on the menu. (Sashimi Won-Tacos are allegedly “Everyone’s fave ’cuz they’re wicked tasty!”)
But would Mr. Fieri’s menu sound quite as jocular without all those excitable punctuation marks? When I started taking the exclamation points out, I discovered that some of Mr. Fieri’s descriptions of greasy bar food convey a powerful poignancy.
The following poem is comprised of 10 of the exclamations from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar menu. The sentences have been copied verbatim, except that their exclamation points have been replaced with other punctuation.
Ode on a Gnarly Greek Salad
Truffle, truffle + more truffle,
Love, peace & taco grease.
They might not end the world, but they’ll end your hunger.
We have built this salad in a crown of prosciutto-wrapped smoked provolone:
Go big or go home.
All our richly marbled 100% USDA choice ground beef is smash-grilled —
Try Guy’s blue-sabi sauce to put out the fire.
We make these wings a flavorful phenomenon with a sweet + spicy sauce that
will make your head spin.
This one packs a punch.
L.V. Anderson writes for Slate.