In French a list of all the dishes available with separate prices for each item is an "À la Carte Menu." This is typically shortened to “ La Carte.” N.B.: The word carte, outside of its use in a restaurant also means a card, a list, or a map.
Daily specials in bistros and similar restaurants are often written on a blackboard or whiteboard, in French called an ”ardoise”, a slate. The ardoise may be inside on a wall or outside the restaurant in the street. In large restaurants, the specials may be on a card attached to the printed menu. Smaller restaurants may not offer any printed menus at all: what is written on their ardoise is their whole menu.
Hormis – Apart from, Except or excluding. Pronounced or-mi. Hormis is a very important word on French menus. It is expecially important when translating fixed-price menus. Hormis is the word that indicates items that are not included. Hormis may also indicate times when hotels or restaurant do not offer special rates or the restaurant/hotel is closed.