2011 TRENDS

  • 1. Aged Cocktails

    A bunch of different liquors mixed together, aged in a barrel, and poured into your glass. Like this.
  • 2. Savory Desserts

    Corn sorbet, black olive cake, and fresh turmeric on panna cotta were just a handful of the not-very-sweet desserts made by top pastry chefs around the country.
  • 3. Southern Food Not in the South

    Brisket, fried chicken, bourbon in everything—non-Southerners’ love affair with Southern food is going strong.
  • 4. Fast-Food Chains Do “Healthy” Breakfast

    Everybody from Burger King to Chick-fil-A
    got in on the hot oatmeal action.
  • 5. Pickled Eggs

    No longer only vermilion orbs floating in jars in old-man bars, pickled eggs hit trendy appetizer menus.
  • 6. Tongue

    Warm lamb’s tongue at San Francisco’s Locanda, beef tongue salad at Má Pêche, and the list goes on.
  • 7. Boozy Milk Shakes

    Who wouldn’t mind a strawberry-rum shake? Jose Garces and Bobby Flay, for starters.
  • 8. Austrian-Hungarian Comfort Food

    Goulash got sexy. Because we need proper food to pair with the antler décor trend. Like here.
  • 9. Paleo Diet

    Cavemen have cool beards, like to go camping, and are the inspiration for the latest diet craze and a new restaurant in Berlin.
  • 10. Wet-Hopped Beer

    Smells like pot, tastes like flowers. Tons of craft brewers made fresh-hopped beers this fall, creating a new American Oktoberfest style.
  • 11. Single-Food Restaurants

    Rice pudding. Grilled cheese. Meatballs. It’s easier to open a restaurant when all you have to do is sell one thing!
  • 12. Box Wine

    There are plenty of good varieties now, and the media all decided to “reconsider” it.
    • 1. Wine in Bulk
      Take a big jug to the store and get a refill of wine. Hey, they do it in France, so why not here?
    • 2. Hamburger Helper
      The economy is crappy, and it probably will remain crappy. What’s not a downer about that? More restaurants reinventing blue-collar money-savers like meatloaf, Sloppy Joes, and Cincinnati chili.
    • 3. Good-Beer Tall Boys
      The craft-beer-in-cans thing is booming, and smart brewers are starting to do 16-ouncers.
    • 4. Scotch Eggs
      A hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, breaded, and fried. Just starting to hit. Look out 2012!
    • 5. Scandinavian Comfort Food

      Call it Viking Soul Food. Lefse wraps are the new burrito.
    • 6. Carbonated Cocktails
      These are inspired by French spritzers: The entire cocktail is carbonated, then packaged into cute bottles at bars. Surefire chick bait.
    • 7. New Ethnic Street Food

      Takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), Thai banana roti, and other hand-held food from foreign lands will give bao buns a run for their money.
    • 8. Nouveau Diner
      The gastropub craze has confirmed that all anybody wants is a burger and a beer. Add breakfast to the mix and you’ve got trend gold.
    • 9. Filipino Food
      Never had it done well? You will.
    • 10. Upscale Mozzarella Sticks
      If they’re served at a cute, local, sort-of-expensive place, does it make it OK to eat them again?
    • 11. Juicing
      It’s coming back as a “healthy” dietary regimen: Even Starbucks is getting in on the action.
    • 12. Horse-Meat Sashimi
      Congress green-lighted the return to the slaughter of horses in the U.S. You know somebody’s gonna do it.
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