It's very possible this topic has been hashed over countless times here, but my google/search-fu is failing me.
A friend and I were discussing the recent history of the restaurant scene in America, and we were wondering if there was a generally accepted moniker for this "new"/"modern"/etc American cuisine of the last ~5-10yrs. The rise in local ingredients, "gastronomy", rehashing classic Americana comfort foods into "something greater" (ie the high end grilled cheese sandwich trend), the rise of the "foodies", etc.
or we could just be seeing things on a limited time frame, and things are not really any different than they were 20yrs ago but we're too young to realize?
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