As the times change so do peoples tastes in what they eat at restaurants and recently there have been some interesting trends that have been gaining popularity around the country. Here are some items now being featured on menus more often.
Restaurants are aware of the health culture and the preference for colorful food. Colorful salads are often featured on creative menus stressing the variety of healthy ingredients that are used to create them. Fuchsia, chartreuse and turquoise are also being spotted in drinks with the re-emergence of the Tiki Bar.
For those with a sweet tooth, soft serve ice cream is starting to appear in more places than just specialty desert stores or ice cream carts. If you look closely, you will find soft-serve ice cream in some upscale flavors around the country, especially in the Midwest where this trend seems to have gotten its start. As an example, Culvers, the Indiana-based chain that has had a strong following for its frozen custards for a while now.
Pizza has been a favorite for a long time and has never really gone away. The difference is that now pizza is making the rounds as a gourmet dish. There are styles of pizza that are becoming specialties in many restaurants. It’s no longer just New York or Chicago style pizza, now you have Detroit style and Denver style, there is even clam pizza and breakfast pizza.
Nostalgic food has been making a comeback. It’s not just retro or comfort food. Take the meals of yesteryear, romanticize the ingredients, and make them more delicious than the original. We are seeing nostalgic food on menus ranging from prime rib to fried bologna sandwiches.
Making food to cure what ails you. More chefs are focusing on overall well-being through the foods they create in the restaurant. Gut health, immunity, cholesterol, inflammation, asthma, acne, depression, constipation and fatigue can all be remedied through food.
These are just a few of the interesting trends that are making their way into restaurants across that country.