Yes, the items are written on the menu -- they don't allow you to order items that you're simply fond of that don't appear on the menu, or to substitute items for what is listed (no zucchini chips to replace your ordinary chips, for example).My question is, when people "order off the menu", "order off of the menu" and "order from the menu", are the food items supposed to be written there on the menu, "a la carte"? Thanks!
Some time ago, panj put together a nice summary of the "off vs. off of" issue and I'm sure there have been threads since then. There is a distinct AmE vs BrE flavour to it, but many English speakers are fine with either (or both)Ordering from the menu means from what is written on the menu.
BE is normally "from", possibly "off", but never "off of".