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Types of Guest Checks

Guest checks are a vital part of service at any establishment, from a quaint cafe to a chain restaurant. They are essential to keeping orders organized, and making sure that the kitchen is staying as productive and efficient as possible. A small tool, there are surprisingly many options and features that guest checks offer. This buying guide will help to explain these features, making it easier for you to decide exactly what type of guest check you'd like to use for your business.

There are many different guest check brands out there. Below you'll find a comparison table showing these brands and how our Choice brand guest checks match up. Hopefully this chooser will help you find the perfect product for your establishment!


Receipt Stub

Receipt Stub - Located at either the bottom or the top of the guest check, receipt stubs feature perforations that allow them to be easily and quickly torn off. These stubs often include spaces to put the date, the total amount, and the number of guests. The check number is often also included. Guest checks with receipt stubs are great for establishments that do not have a set seating chart and where customers can sit wherever they'd like. Servers can then match up the orders coming out of the kitchen with the customers holding the stub with the correct check number.


Menu Prompts - Menu prompts are abbreviations for courses that usually appear at the top of a guest check. These abbreviations may include:

  • APPT - Appetizer
  • VEG/POT - Vegetable / Potato
  • BEV - Beverage
Menu prompts help remind waitstaff to ask guests if they'd like to order appetizers, sides, etc., and of the correct order they need to enter items into the POS. However, it also helps the kitchen. If the kitchen can see what customers have ordered for the various courses, then they can time themselves so that the dishes come out spaced perfectly. Your waitstaff will appreciate not having to worry about getting dishes out late, and your customers will certainly be impressed with your impeccable meal service!

Table Diagrams

Table Diagrams - Some guest checks feature table diagrams in the upper portion of the page, portraying square, rectangular, and round tables. These diagrams also show numbers surrounding the tables which are called "pivot points." Pivot points are used to match the guests' orders with the seats they're sitting in. With this handy feature, there is no need to interrupt your guests' dinner conversation. Your waitstaff can easily and efficiently serve their meals without disturbing them, enhancing customer satisfaction.


Beverage Backer - Rather than crowding the front page of your guest check with drink orders, appetizer orders, side orders, etc., some guest checks offer a beverage backer. This is located on the reverse side of the guest check and is specifically for listing beverages. Beverage backers typically include numbered lines, so you can match a guest's drink with their seat number, making serving hassle free. This feature will help to keep your servers organized. It will also help you save money and paper, since you're using one piece instead of two!

Check Number

Check Numbers - Most guest checks contain check numbers somewhere on them. These are good for a variety of reasons. Firstly, check numbers help you to keep track of guest orders, thereby keeping your meal service organized. Secondly, they help to keep track of inventory, so you know exactly how much of a certain dish you have left and when you have to pull it from the menu. Thirdly, they keep track of cash flow, so you can be sure that everything is adding up by the end of the day.

Key Terminology

Carbon Vs. Carbonless

Carbon Carbonless
Carbon Carbonless
Carbon paper has an ink or pigment coating on one side. Back of the top sheet is coated with a micro-encapsulated dye.
Other side is coated with wax. Top of the bottom sheet has a clay coating.
Carbon paper is located between the original sheet and the sheet that will have the copy. Utilizes multiple sheets.
Ink or pigment from the carbon paper transfers the text. Pressure from writing causes dye capsules to burst, staining the clay sheet in the form of letters.
Middle piece placed between the original and the blank paper is not used as a copy. Only copies are made.

One Part vs. Multiple Parts

One Part Multiple Parts
Choice 1 Part Green and White Guest Check with Top Guest Receipt - 50/Case
Choice 3 Part Tan and White Carbonless Guest Check with Beverage Lines and Bottom Guest Receipt - 250/Pack
Great for establishments where your customers order at the counter. Great for sit-down, full-service establishments.
Ideal if your kitchen staff are the only ones who really use the guest checks. Ideal if more than one person needs to look at the guest check.

Loose-Packed vs. Bound

Bound Loose-Packed
Choice 3 Part White Carbonless Order Delivery Form - 10/Pack
Choice 2 Part Tan and White Carbonless Guest Check with Beverage Lines and Bottom Guest Receipt - 250/Pack
Checks combined in one book. Not bound into books.
Bound end has perforations for easy tearing. Preferred for use with guest check presenters.
Great if your servers are responsible for multiple tables. Great if your customers order at the counter.


A Check for Every Plate - Make sure that whatever food leaves your kitchen has a guest check accompanying it. This will guarantee satisfactory customer service, ensuring that your waitstaff knows exactly what table to go to, and exactly who ordered what. It will also help you to reduce food waste. If meals are delivered to the correct table rather than the incorrect table, then less meals will be sent back having to be thrown away.

Use abbreviations - If you have a fairly standard menu that doesn't change very often, using abbreviations can increase the efficiency of your establishment. Your waiters and waitresses won't have to spend so much time fully writing out every order. Also, chefs will be able to quickly assess an order and immediately begin making it without having to tediously read through lines of writing. Examples of abbreviations include:

  • Chx Parm = Chicken Parmesan
  • Mush Ench = Mushroom Enchiladas
  • Stk Sal = Steak Salad


Choice Guest Check Features

Choice Guest Checks Receipt Stub Menu Prompts Table Diagrams Beverage Backer Check Number Carbonless Vs. Carbon Once Part Vs. Multiple Parts Loose Vs. Bound
105948 Carbonless Multiple Parts Loose
105A4716WP One Part Bound
105GC11A3 Carbonless Multiple Parts Bound
105GC35161 One Part Bound
105GC36161 One Part Bound
105GC36321 One Part Bound
105GC36741 One Part Bound
105GC47741B One Part Bound
105GC47972 Carbonless Multiple Parts Loose
105GC47972B Carbonless Multiple Parts Bound
105GC49002 Carbonless Multiple Parts Loose
105GC49002B Carbonless Multiple Parts Bound
105GC49321 One Part Bound
105GC49972 Carbonless Multiple Parts Loose
105GC49973 Carbonless Multiple Parts Loose
105GC60002 Carbon Multiple Parts Bound
105GC69321 One Part Loose
105GC70002 Carbonless Multiple Parts Bound
105GCKDUP1CL One Part Bound
105SP46 One Part Bound

Brand Comparison

Choice National Guest Check / National Checking SYSCO Gordon Food Service VanEerden Adams Rediform Restaurant Discount Warehouse / Mell and Company Tops ShopDirectSource Daymark Royal Buccaneer Thermal Paper Direct
105587 588SP ACR-B588
105948 948SW
105A4716WP 4716WP PD104X6100 ACR-4700WP
105GC11A3 110SW 186200 87220 110SW 615P ACR-11ASP GC11A-3 NC11ASP 11A-SP
105GC35161 210 267325 210 45701 GC3516-1BK ACR-G3516 GC3516-1 NC3516
105GC36161 G3616 4805909 267544 2762 240-50 GC3616-1BK ACR-G3616 GC3616-1 NCG3616 G3616
105GC36321 G3632 4604476 186280 525 5F740 818 45740 GC3632-1BK ACR-G3632 GC36321-1 NCG3632 G3632
105GC36741 G3674 4805925 087221 520-50 GC3674-1BK ACR-G3674 GC3674-1
105GC47741B G4774SP 4805941 087143 566 GC4774-1BK ACR-G4774 GC4774-1B
105GC47972 947SW ACR-G4797 GC4797-2
105GC47972B 947SW 947BNDSW ACR-G4797BK GC4797-2B
105GC49002N G4900SP 926SW GC4900-2L ACR-G4900 GC4900-2 NCG4900
105GC49002BN G4900BK 926BND GC4900-2BK ACR-G4900BK GC4900-2B
105GC49321 T4932SP 592 GC4932-1L ACR-T4932SP GC4932-1
105GC49972 T4997SP 4805735 186240 186240 950SW 620 / 920 ACR-T4997SP GC4997-2 T4997
105GC49973 T4997-3SP 186210 347SW 795 GC4997-3L ACR-T4997-3SP GC4997-3
105GC60002 G6000 4324588 267317 87010 104-50, A6000G 45702 GC6000-2BK ACRG6000 GC6000-2 NCG6000 G6000
105GC69321 593SP GC6932-1L ACR-T6932SP 1GC6932-1
105GC70002 G7000 4805487 267309 087212 108-50, A7000 5NS734 828P / 858S GC7000-2BK ACR-G7000 GC7000-2 NCG7000 G7000
105SP46 SP4600

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