This issue (which did not occur with a fresh install of 16.04) appears
to be related to the contents of file:

At line 346 (at present) there is the following:

    style "menu" = "dark" {

Changing it to:

    style "menu" {

... resolves this particular issue, however I'm not sure what side-
effects that would have. In the original release the line was like that
in the first place, so it would have been changed for a reason.

Screenshots of "before" and "after" that change can be seen here:

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  Program sub menus dark gray on black, thus illegible

Status in xorg package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  When using a program, for example Libre Writer, when I click on file,
  open, then in the Open menu box I have the opportunity to change the
  file type from "All files" to a specific file type, when I click on
  "All files" the selection list appears. The font color for the
  different file types is a dark grey on a black background making the
  list items illegible. As I move the cursor, the font color and
  background change to "normal" black on a white background but only for
  the item that the cursor is hovering over at that moment. This makes
  the rest of the list impossible to read and moving the cursor slowly
  down the list, pausing to read each item, is a very cumbersome way to
  get things done.

  This doesn't just happen on Libre Writer but also Inkscape, Geeqie,
  and a variety of other programs and their sub menus. The only program
  I could find where this didn't happen was Firefox (58.02). Furthermore
  this happens on 3 different machines, each with a different processor,
  different graphics card and where the machine has multiple monitors,
  it happens on all monitors.

  All machines are running 16.04, one with the latest updates, the
  others slightly behind on updates. If I go to Settings-Appearance-
  Theme and change the theme from Ambiance to anything else, the sub
  menus become legible again.  Ambiance is the default theme.   If I
  switch the Theme back to Ambiance the problem resumes.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
  Package: xorg 1:7.7+13ubuntu3
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-112.135-generic 4.4.98
  Uname: Linux 4.4.0-112-generic x86_64
  NonfreeKernelModules: talpa_vfshook talpa_pedconnector talpa_pedevice 
talpa_vcdevice talpa_core talpa_linux talpa_syscallhook
  ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.15
  Architecture: amd64
  CompizPlugins: No value set for 
  CompositorRunning: compiz
  CompositorUnredirectDriverBlacklist: '(nouveau|Intel).*Mesa 8.0'
  CompositorUnredirectFSW: true
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Wed Feb 21 20:57:30 2018
  DistUpgraded: Fresh install
  DistroCodename: xenial
  DistroVariant: ubuntu
  DkmsStatus: sysdig, 0.20.0, 4.4.0-112-generic, x86_64: installed
  ExtraDebuggingInterest: Yes, if not too technical
   NVIDIA Corporation GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] [10de:1184] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 
[VGA controller])
     Subsystem: NVIDIA Corporation GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] [10de:1033]
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-04-20 (1404 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140417)
  MachineType: To Be Filled By O.E.M. To Be Filled By O.E.M.
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-112-generic 
root=UUID=8f4996c0-c2f5-449f-a35c-47f301f66803 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
  SourcePackage: xorg
  Symptom: display
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 10/12/2012
  dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
  dmi.bios.version: P1.70 970 Extreme3
  dmi.board.vendor: ASRock
  dmi.chassis.asset.tag: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
  dmi.chassis.type: 3
  dmi.chassis.vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
  dmi.chassis.version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvrP1.70:bd10/12/2012:svnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:pnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:pvrToBeFilledByO.E.M.:rvnASRock:rn970Extreme3:rvr:cvnToBeFilledByO.E.M.:ct3:cvrToBeFilledByO.E.M.: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
  dmi.product.version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
  dmi.sys.vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
  version.compiz: compiz 1:
  version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs N/A
  version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.83-1~16.04.1
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
  version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 17.2.8-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
  version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.18.4-0ubuntu0.7
  version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.10.1-1ubuntu2
  version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:7.7.0-1
  version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 
  version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 
  xserver.bootTime: Wed Feb 21 19:32:42 2018
  xserver.configfile: default
   input        Power Button         KEYBOARD, id 6
   input        Power Button         KEYBOARD, id 7
   input        PixArt USB Optical Mouse MOUSE, id 8
   input        Logitech USB Keyboard KEYBOARD, id 9
   input        Logitech USB Keyboard KEYBOARD, id 10
   Failed to load module "nvidia" (module does not exist, 0)
   Failed to load module "nvidia" (module does not exist, 0)
  xserver.logfile: /var/log/Xorg.0.log
  xserver.version: 2:1.18.4-0ubuntu0.7
  xserver.video_driver: nouveau

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