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Artica, Full Service WordPress Restaurant Theme

Artica is a WordPress restaurant theme and when I think of restaurants and I hear the name of this theme, I think of Arctic Circle for some reason.  For those who don’t know, it’s a burger chain that used to be really popular in the western half of the United States.  I haven’t had Arctic Circle in years, I’m not even sure where the closest one is to where I live, maybe in Idaho?  I sort of miss their french fry sauce, that’s a really popular think in Idaho and Utah.

*Hey, I guess there are two left in my home state, one in Newport and one in Woodburn.  I’m going, that’s all there is to it.  I love the coffee there.

Anyway, none of that has anything to do with this theme, Artica.

If you read my blog a lot, I’m pretty critical of spelling issues and typos.  It’s a lack f attention to detail and it can be symptomatic of bigger problems.  So, imagine my complete surprise when I opened this theme up and spotted a pretty big error right off the bat. Restaurant WordPress theme by TonaTheme ThemeForest

So, the text title says Artica and the image title says Arctica.  Which is it?  Now, that doesn’t mean the theme is guaranteed to be junk, but I don’t like it.  It’s a bad omen.

They offer three attractive food menu versions, which is likely to be a really central part of your website, so let’s go over them.

This is a bit of the first one, it’s highly visual.  Sort of like a Chinese restaurant, one of those places where you just point at what you want.  I like those kinds of places.  This menu is all about visual appeal.

The second version is more traditional, a two column list of what your restaurant has to offer.  Basic, functional. 

The third one is a parallax page, sort of combining the image heavy first version and the more traditional two column text and small picture version.  I really don’t like that many places that have images of their food, so I’m not sure I love this theme.

Okay, a nice selection of menu styles.  This is what the theme’s developer, Tona Themes, has to say about this theme.

Artica is modern and creative responsive WordPress theme. It is suitable for any restaurant, a small restaurant or a premium that would briefly talk about his restaurant and show all the achievements, About Restaurant, Featured Offer, Hot Offer, Set-Menu, Service, Team and restaurant interiors. Theme is designed to comply with these requirements and all the latest trends of web design. That Includes Four Home Pages (Restaurant, Bakery, Vegan and Coffee Shop) and 20 Total Pages.

So, it is Artica?  I guess?

Here are some of the good features offered with this theme.

  • Full responsive theme, works perfectly on all devices
  • Flexible, mobile friendly website
  • Hundreds of available fonts, colors, social media options
  • Clean, valid and commented code, so things are very clear
  • SEO optimized, fully customizable

So, here’s the bad news.  This theme is based on Visual Composer, which is bad.  It’s slow, there are massive issues with it.  I just really don’t recommend many themes that lean so heavily on Visual Composer.  It’s not the best looking restaurant theme, so I guess I just don’t love it enough to full recommend it to anyone.

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Salt & Pepper, Restaurant and Recipe Blog with WPML Support

Tesla Themes Salt and Peper restaurant theme

It’s been over a year now since I first reviewed Salt & Pepper, from Tesla Themes.  I decided it was time to revisit this one to see if it’s stood the test of time.

Salt and Pepper Food blog and recipe theme

Maybe it’s something where my tastes have changed or it’s just something I didn’t notice before, but I actually pretty much hate the typography in this theme.  That font, the sans serif one in titles, just doesn’t look good to me.

Salt and Pepper Theme for Recipes and Food Blogs

This is my original review of Salt & Pepper.

Say hey to Salt & Pepper, a delicious WordPress recipe blog theme from Tesla Themes.  This theme is a perfect fit for anybody who’s blogging about food, recipes, restaurants and more.  The tasty design is perfectly responsive, so it looks amazing on any sort of device, from laptop and desktop to a handheld device like a smart phone or a tablet.  That way, if you’re working in the kitchen, your readers can access your incredibly delightful recipes no matter where they are, as long as there’s an internet connection.

Salt & Pepper is the ultimate in recipe blogs for that reason and more.  Sharing cooking tips, recipes and other tidbits of content couldn’t be easier, so chefs, cooks, sous chefs, line cooks and even cooks at home, will all have access to your incredible advice, recipes and more.  There’s a recipe filter, ingredients list and more.

The clean code and helpful SEO features mean your site can rank quickly for any keyword you want to rank for.  There’s one click demo content to be installed so you can get started quickly.  Translation ready, Salt & Pepper has also been tested with the latest WPML version, so it can be translated into any language.  Even Klingon.  We tried it, it works.  Loads fast, every time.  Premium support, all day long.  Child theme friendly.  Visual Composer enabled.  This theme does it all and at a very reasonable price.

What does Tesla Themes have to say about this template of theirs?

Salt & Pepper is the ultimate recipes WordPress theme that works perfectly on mobile, tablet, and desktop.

With Salt & Pepper, sharing all your recipes and cooking tips with wide audience was never easier. This theme is perfect for chefs, cooking experts and even housewifes.

The theme includes a handy recipe filter, ingredients list and cook methods. It’s clean code and SEO optimization is written keeping in mind your sites good ranking on search engines. A One click demo install feature will help kickstart your website. Salt & Pepper allows you to easily add recipe methods and images of your recipes.

I’ve recently gone on a bit of a kick against Visual Composer and that ubiquitous plugin is included in this theme.  It’s not enough for me to completely reject it, but the fact is, it’s a definite strike against it in my book.  For recipe blogs, I still recommend it.  If you’re running a restaurant, there are better WP themes out there.

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Lambda, Multi-Purpose WordPress Creative Page Builder

I first reviewed the Lambda WordPress theme around a year ago.  Since then, a lot has changed in the world of WordPress, so I figured I’d have another peek at it to see if anything big had changed.  This is my update to what I’d written before.

Lambda Theme by Oxygenna

The incredibly flexible Lambda WordPress theme, built on the Bootstrap 3.3 framework, offers true flexibility and versatility for any business, organization or professional individual who needs to display their content in style. Whatever type of website is required, this theme offers clean layouts and the ultimate in retina-ready graphics and responsive constructions so it can be used easily from home and on the go with any mobile device. Building such a fabulous site becomes simple with the one click installer. Lambda comes packaged with various premade demo pages that can be used as is or customized to better suit your needs. Besides layout changes, this WP theme also offers unlimited color and typography options and is fully integrated with TypeKit, Google Fonts and Font Awesome icons.

Here’s what Oxygenna says about their Lambda theme.

Lambda is the ultimate multi purpose bootstrap theme which can be used to make any kind of site. It comes with 53 stunning unique demo sites to install using our super easy one click installer. Just choose a demo click install and hey presto you will have a new site.

If you choose the Lambda WP theme for your website build, you do not need to know any complicated development skills or coding. Included is the highly intuitive WP Bakery Visual Composer, which allows you to simply drag and drop different page elements and content blocks wherever you want them for each page of your website.

The possibilities for different layouts are virtually endless and with scores of different demo sites, you can quickly see what’s possibly with Lambda.

Other excellent, user-friendly features are also included with Lambda. You will get the popular Revolution Slider to showcase different photos or graphics in a seamless, responsive design. Display thumbnails or photos with the integrated Isotope gallery plug-in. This features modern layouts styles and smooth transitions. Also included is the option to build a blog with various layouts types, and page elements uniquely designed to showcase the services, staff and testimonials that customers or clients left in the past. The clean HTML5 and CSS3 code keeps pages loading quickly so all site visitors can appreciate the impressive Lambda WordPress theme website.

The reviews are largely positive too, check these out.

What to say? Anytime we have a tight schedule and we need pixel perfect templates that only needs minor modifications and a developer that assures A+++ quality support we look into Oxygenna’s portfolio. All of their themes, just like Lambda, are beautifully done, have thousands of variations and crystal clear documentation. If any problem arises their amazing customer support is right there to help. If Lambda fits your design needs don’t hesitate buying it, it will work flawlessly and you’ll have a perfect website up and running in a matter of a few hours.

I am new at building websites with WordPress and I have bought 4 “top” templates in the past 3 months and there is nothing like the Lambda, there is absolutely no glitches and everything just runs smoothly. Thank you guys for this amazing theme, I know this is the template that I will using!

We build over 53 websites a year. Half of those are completely custom designs. For the other half, we generally start with a theme. For the last two years, we have used the Oxygenna themes exclusively. The reason is simple. The code is great, the aesthetics is better than anything else out there, and the support by Oxygenna is awesome. Any time we have had a question, Oxygenna has responded in less than 12 hours and gone the extra mile to make sure our problem was solved.

So, well over 4000 sales so far and a 4.75 rating on ThemeForest, that means this theme is very well respected and it’s aged well.  I think I can still wholeheartedly recommend it for a wide range of uses.

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Sukar, Full Featured MultiDemo Restaurant Theme

Home - Sukar Food and Restaurant WordPress Theme

Home - Sukar Food and Restaurant WordPress Theme

Billed as a restaurant theme, Sukar does more than just highlight delicious food items, it’s a premium quality restaurant theme that can help make your business a massive success.  With over 20 different unique demo layouts, you’ll quickly realize how much flexibility there is in this food-centric theme.  Sukhar is a restaurant theme for café, bar, bistro or pub websites.  It’s a perfect restaurant theme that comes with reservation system, food menu, chef pages and more.   All the needed pages and elements are built with Visual Composer for simple page creation and there are tons of great additions to your download package too.

SUKAR WP is a WordPress Restaurant Theme for Cafe, Bar, Bistro and Pub Website. It is Perfect WordPress Restaurant Theme comes with Beautiful Reservation, Food Menu, Chefs.  With All necessary pages and elements integrated and built with Drag and Drop Visual Composer Page Builder for easily page creation with Custom and Default Addons, Contact Form 7 and Slider Revolution.

I love that this theme works with Contact Form 7, but I’m a little disappointed that it also uses Visual Composer.  I guess they’re calling it WPBakery Page Builder now.  Whatever they call it, it doesn’t change the fact that the plugin drastically slows down the back end and I feel like most VC based sites load slower too.  I guarantee they load slower than they would with a theme that’s not reliant on Visual Composer.  Something like one of our free themes perhaps?  hehe.

Strangely, Sukar is also BuddyPress ready, I guess if you wanted to build a community based around food, that’s a choice you could make.  More features include bbPress, Bootstrap code, a full WooCommerce based shopping experience, Google fonts, Google maps, Yoast SEO support, simple and powerful theme options panel, social media integration, clean, minimalist and responsive design and a whole bunch more.

At $59 for a license, this theme is about average for ThemeForest.  One interesting thing, this is the only product that One Touch Themes has on Theme Forest at the moment, thouygh they did have at least one other product up at some point.  They have 400+ sales for their lifetime, but Sukar has yet to be downloaded.  I guess that’s no big deal but it’s something I’ll keep my eye on in the future to see how this one does.

Checking out, looks like they had about 4 themes uploaded for a while, though all have since been removed.  Those themes were called Hammad, 2DooClean, Maktab and Kiwicky.  The latter two got great ratings, close to 5.0 overall, so it’s a good sign that while One Touch Themes is getting back into the WordPress game after having sat on the sidelines for a while, there’s no shame in that.  Hopefully they learned some great stuff while they were away from ThemeForest and hopefully their newest theme is rated just as high or higher than anything else they’ve done before this.

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The Butcher, Restaurant Theme for Steak House and BBQ Restaurants

the butcher wordpress restaurant bootstrap theme

The Butcher is here to kill…your need for any other restaurant website. And kill…your expectations for anything less than the best.  And to kill…off some time and get me to 400 words in this post.

This mouth watering WordPress theme is a perfect solution for a good looking and really useful web site for your eating establishment, whether it’s a steak house or BBQ joint, regional or ethnic foods, fast food or fast casual.  The Butcher has the chops…get it…chops? to generate the very best, most fulfilling reader experience around.  To get the most out of your business’ website, you’re going to need to pick a solid, well-designed WordPress restaurant theme.

That’s the Butcher.

This restaurant template is very easy to use with plenty of awesome help and documentation, incredibly beautiful, stylish and modern, one that gives countless useful, popular functions.  The Butcher is incredibly multi-purpose so you can use it on any kind of restaurant website and professionally designed and responsive so it looks perfect on any kind of screen.

The Butcher – WordPress Food & e-Commerce Theme for Steak Houses, Burger Houses and Chicken Maniacs is Designed and coded with Love, Built for proud Restaurants who need an eye catching Website to promote their Business. The Butcher comes out with 4 Different Homes: Classic, Burger Bomb, Plucked Chicken and Street Food

One of the coolest things of The Butcher Theme is that you can customize individually each page, by choosing a lot of features.  We all love features.

The Butcher is very easy to customize and it’s 100% Woocommerce Ready: the perfect formula for the best shop experience. The Butcher is designed with some cool plugins such as Slider Revolution and Visual Composer. It’s coded including other cool Features: Sticky Menu, Left or Right Sidebar, Columns Grid, Masonry Gallery, Ajax Contact Form and many other Features.

If you need a fantastic drag and drop WordPress theme, you should think about using Visual Composer, the top plugin for creating a drag and drop website for the WordPress platform, because it gives you such an array of options, it’s functional enough to work for any kind of website, from steak house to fast food, catering companies to dining halls.  You’ll find the right style and features for everyone. This adaptable, well made, easy to use, trendy and stunning WooCommerce ready theme lets you promote old products, develop your small business, supervise delivery and inventory, market new products and contact shoppers and much more.

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Ballard, Modern Personal CV, Restaurant and Agency Theme Personal – Just another Your SUPER-powered WP Engine Multisite Install site

This theme is called Ballard.  Is it named for the neighborhood in Seattle, famous for ultra-rich hipsters and $10 cups of coffee, expensive dive bars and aging hippies with million dollar houses?  If so, I’m not sure it’s hit the mark in terms of design.

Ballard is a incredibly clean, basic and flat vCard or personal resumé theme.  Made by Tommus Rhodus, Ballard has a distinct style, a multi-niche design that works for more than just vCards, there are several different demo styles we’re going to highlight in this post. (PS – Tommus Rhodus created another great theme we just reviewed, it’s called Foundry. It’s a flat, Bootstrap theme for business, so it’s got a lot in common with Ballard here.)

What does Tommus Rhodus have to say about Ballard?  Read on to find out.

Ballard is a finely crafted, minimal WordPress Theme for creative professionals, restaurants, law firms and agencies looking to establish a smart online presence. We’ve gone for a simple approach without a page builder, meaning your site will be easy to use, and most importantly, fast to load with no plugin bloat!

Stand out from the multi purpose crowd with bold templates that bring your resume or portfolio to life. Build a unique agency website that represents the attitude of your brand.  Ballard’s strong restaurant template has a contemporary design edge that blends seamlessly with your business aesthetic.  We think Ballard looks so good, there should be a law against the included legal firm template!

Agencies, personal CVs, restaurants and law firms, that’s the niches that Tommus Rhodus recommends you consider Ballard for.  I don’t know about any of that but I do know a little bit about Tommus Rhodus, enough to know they make really cleanly coded, very popular WordPress themes.  The vast majority of themes they’ve created get rave reviews, averaging 4.8 overall with almost 2500 total reviews so far across all of their themes.

That’s a lot of reviews.

Considering they’ve sold their themes nearly 50k times, they’ve got their game dialed in.  Support is fantastic, the documentation is strong.  There’s really quite a bit to like with all their themes and Ballard is set to join the ranks of the best vCards around.

Here’s the simple, dark background restaurant theme style. Restaurant – Just another Your SUPER-powered WP Engine Multisite Install site

Here’s a strange one, the blue screen of death WordPress theme! Agency – Just another Your SUPER-powered WP Engine Multisite Install site

They’re saying that’s for a design or creative agency.  Sure, why not?  Who needs more than a color and some words?

Well, we’ll be back in the near future to take a crack at more reviews of WordPress gems.  Stay tuned!

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Sancho’s, WordPress Theme for a Mexican Restaurant

Sancho’s is a new WordPress theme that will be perfect for mexican food restaurant, cafe or catering service.

Sancho’s is a new WordPress theme that will be perfect for Mexican food restaurant, café or catering service.

This theme is called Sancho’s and it’s meant to be a nice looking website for upscale Mexican eateries, though I suppose it would work just as well for any sort of restaurant, whether it was an ethnic restaurant or regional dining establishment.  What does it matter what *kind* of food you serve?  If the theme has the right look, it has the right look and that’s pretty much all there is to it.

And Sancho’s has a look that would fit a lot of restaurants, in my opinion.

Sancho’s was developed by MW Templates, who have been developing WordPress themes for quite a while now, racking up around 7000 sales so far with a solid overall rating, though most of their sales are of PSD templates or HTML templates rather than actually fully developed WordPress themes.

Nowadays ordering food to the office during working hours has become an ordinary deal. The chain of different food delivery services is growing bigger and bigger every day. So in order to stay on top compared to your rivals, you want to make sure that your website is bright and eye-catching as well as professionally made. It’s not just the most modern and effective way of growing your business but also your main working platform.

That is why we offer you the easiest solution. Our latest theme is surely going to be a very convenient website that is going to take your business to the next level.  You’ll find all the necessary sections for an effective website, plus, all the layers are grouped, named and organized appropriately for your convenience.

Bear with me here, did you know what a ‘Sancho’ is?  I assumed it’s a nickname, like how people named Anthony are often called Tony, Robert can be called Rob or Bob, or Richards can be Dicks.

I’ve known a few that were.

For ladies, it’s the same.  Margaret gets two nicknames, Peggy or Daisy. Weird, right?  More?  Well, gee, I guess I could…Sarah becomes Sally and Mary becomes Polly.  Best of all, Buffy is a shortening of Elizabeth.

Who knew?

Anyway, I assumed Sancho was short for something else, like Chava is short for Salvador and Jesús can be shortened to Chuco, even though that’s not much shorter.  Also, José becomes Pepe.  So all this time, that formerly innocent, mildly amusing frog meme that’s become completely racist was really José the frog?  Feels bad man.

Anyway, a ‘Sancho’ is the ‘other man’ when a woman cheats on her husband.  Weird, right?  Anyway, where was I?  Oh yeah, the Sancho WordPress theme.  Get it.  Or don’t.  I don’t care.

I just found out what I was thinking of, maybe.  Pancho is a nickname for Francisco.  Pancho or Paca, either can be used.

So, that’s our review of Sancho’s with a bunch of extra bullshit thrown in for good measure!

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piquant was born to be a bbq restaurant web template

For restauranteurs who love a great looking theme and need the easiest platform for running your own website, Piquant is a great choice since it checks off all the boxes you’re looking for.  Piquant helps promote your content, show off amazing images and it’s packed with information.  Even for beginners, this is a theme that can be set up quickly and adapted to fit your restaurant’s brand.

Piquant Features

  • Highly Customizable
  • Extensive Admin Interface
  • Simple One-Click Import of Demo Content
  • No coding knowledge required
  • Responsive & Retina Ready
  • Restaurant page in Admin Panel
  • OpenTable integration
  • Restaurant Menu custom post type
  • Various Restaurant Menu layouts
  • Restaurant Reservation Form shortcode
  • Restaurant Menu List shortcode
  • Restaurant Menu Gallery shortcode
  • Restaurant Menu Carousel shortcode
  • Parallax sections
  • Fullscreen option for parallax sections
  • Mega Menu
  • Customizable Google Maps
  • Choose between six amazing font icon sets
  • Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin ($19 value)
  • Visual Composer (Front-End Editor is disabled) Page Builder Plugin for WordPress ($34 value)
  • Side Area
  • Three Side Area types
  • Twitter and Instagram social widgets
  • Twitter Slider shortcode
  • Anchor link functionality for one page sites
  • Video Background Sections
  • Background images in sections
  • Multiple header behaviors
  • Change header skin from section to section
  • Separate logos for Regular, Sticky, and Mobile headers
  • Separate logo variants for dark and light header skin
  • Header Top area
  • Header Top and Header Bottom Widget areas
  • Style mobile header separately
  • Highly customizable title area
  • Parallax images in title area
  • Custom Sidebars
  • Mikado Search – Optional functionality
  • Two search types
  • Customizable Footer Layout – up to 4 columns
  • Regular and uncovering footer
  • Separate Footer Bottom area
  • Choose your grid size
  • Big Custom Shortcode collection
  • 600+ Google Fonts
  • Full width Carousel Slider
  • Various Blog List Layouts
  • Blog Standard Layout
  • Blog Standard Date on Side Layout
  • Blog with Featured Post Layout
  • Blog Whole Post Layout
  • Blog Masonry Layout
  • Blog list shortcode
  • Custom Post Formats for Standard, Gallery, Link, Quote, Video, and Audio blog posts
  • Optional social share functionality
  • Testimonials
  • Info Card Slider shortcode
  • Pricing table shortcode
  • Animations Holder shortcode
  • Team shortcode
  • Text Slider shortcode
  • Icon Slider shortcode
  • Various infographic shortcodes
  • Interactive Banner Shortcode
  • Tabbed Image Gallery shortcode
  • Smooth Scroll
  • Boxed layout option
  • Back to Top button functionality
  • Powerful typography options
  • SEO integration
  • Child Theme Ready
  • Translation ready
  • WooCommerce Integration
  • Dropdown Shop Cart widget
  • Contact Form 7 Integration

Okay, so that’s that.  Let us know what you think!

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Church Builder

Church WordPress Themes by Organized Themes

A complete theme for churches and other nonprofit organizations, Church Builder is a great looking theme for your site.

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Mise en Place

Mise en Place WordPress restaurant theme

The best restaurant themes all have a few things in common, they’re easy to use, beautiful to look at and they make the process simple for both webmaster and potential customer.  That’s what Mise en Place aims to do for your website.

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