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JUNE 9, 2015
The most common vegetable paired with ribeye is onion.

JUNE 8, 2015
Over 10,000 dishes tracked by Food Genius include the term "Jamaican."

JUNE 5, 2015
When duck breast is found on unique menus, 8% pair it with the mention of "orange" within the dish description.

JUNE 4, 2015
When Basil mentioned on unique menus it's paired with dairy 67% of the time, with mozzarella cheese being the most common at 52%.

JUNE 3, 2015
In the U.S., 41% of chain restaurant locations mention olives in entrees. Of those, Italian cuisine has the second highest penetration at 14%.

JUNE 2, 2015
In the U.S., 22% of menus that are from independent restaurants within all cuisines, mention cheesecake.

JUNE 1, 2015
In the U.S., 76% of menus that are from independent restaurants within all cuisines, mention fresh.

MAY 29, 2015
Pork ribs are most often found on Chinese cuisine menus, but available more often at American cuisine locations.

MAY 28, 2015
26% of unique menus that offer kabobs are within the Indian cuisine type.

MAY 27, 2015
The utilization of beets has grown from 8% to 9% in the last year across all unique menus, and from 3% to 4% across all locations in the U.S.

MAY 26, 2015
17% of menus that mention mesclun greens include the ingredient within a sandwich item.

MAY 22, 2015
28% of all locations that serve Halibut in the US are located in California, but Oregon has the highest penetration of locations that serve Halibut at 7%.

MAY 21, 2015
The average price point for dishes that mention hummus is $7.02 across all cuisine styles, but drops to $6.24 within Mediterranean cuisine.

MAY 20, 2015
15% of locations that mention corn on the menu are within the Mexican cuisine category.

MAY 19, 2015
Chicken is mentioned with the preparation method "grilled" 63% of the time overall, increasing to 76% within Latin American cuisine.

MAY 18, 2015
In Italian cuisine, meatballs are most often utilized on sandwiches at 64% menu penetration, followed by pizza at 31%.

MAY 15, 2015
Within the Breakfast meal part, when blueberries are mentioned on menus, 66% of the time it's within a pancake, followed by waffle at 20%.

MAY 6, 2015
The protein most commonly associated with fennel is sausage.

MAY 5, 2015
77% of menus mention the term candy.

MAY 4, 2015
The most common fish menued by independent French restaurants is salmon.

MAY 1, 2015
Chinese menus scallops more than any other cuisine.

APRIL 30, 2015
Oysters are mentioned as being steamed on 6%of menus.

APRIL 29, 2015
9% of all menus that mention banana are identified as thai cuisine.

APRIL 28, 2015
Tzatziki sauce is the most popular sauce in Greek cuisine and appears on 71% of Greek menus.

APRIL 27, 2015
The most common type of pie on American menus is apple.

APRIL 24, 2015
The term salted appears on 6% of menus.

APRIL 23, 2015
Wild is the most popular way to describe salmon at expensive, independent restaurants.

APRIL 22, 2015
Chicken is the most popular protein to be featured on salads.

APRIL 21, 2015
The national average price of an entree salad is $9.21

APRIL 17, 2015
Tomato and onion are the two most popular salad toppings.

APRIL 16, 2015
Mahi mahi is most commonly found in the Southeast.

APRIL 15, 2015
The most common preparation method of oysters is fried.

APRIL 14, 2015
The term pierogi appears on 1% of all menus.

APRIL 13, 2015
The most common price point for a veggie burger is $7.

APRIL 10, 2015
The most popular protein in African cuisine is beef.

APRIL 9, 2015
The term "strawberry" appears on dessert menus 20%  of the time.

MARCH 26, 2015
17% of the menus that utilize the term "sweet" use it in reference to appetizers.

MARCH 25, 2015
The average price of flan is $4.00.

MARCH 24, 2015
The average price of an entree that features pork belly is $12.35.

MARCH 23, 2015
The state with the most mention of pork belly on its menus is New York.

MARCH 20, 2015
Oysters appear on 10% of independent restaurant menus.

MARCH 19, 2015
Only 4% of menus nationwide have "pork loin" specifically mentioned on their menu.

MARCH 19, 2015
Only 4% of menus nationwide have "pork loin" specifically mentioned on their menu.

MARCH 18, 2015
Avocados appear on 32% of menus.

MARCH 17, 2015
The top way to prepare shrimp in American cuisine is to fry it.

MARCH 16, 2015
21% of desserts feature banana as an ingredient.

MARCH 13, 2015
Guacamole is found on14% of menus in the U.S.

MARCH 12, 2015
Brussel sprouts are mentioned as being roasted on 30% of menus.

MARCH 11, 2015
The top filling in empanadas is beef.

MARCH 10, 2015
The top protein paired with sweet and sour sauce is chicken.

MARCH 9, 2015
The average price of a hot dog is 4.68.

MARCH 6, 2015
15% of all menu items referencing hot dogs are from the kids section.

MARCH 5, 2015
Mozzarella is featured on10% of steak entrees.

MARCH 4, 2015
Steak is menued as an entree 81% of the time.

MARCH 3, 2015
The top vegetable featured in soups is onion. 

MARCH 2, 2015
The term "soup" appears on 71% of menus.

FEBRUARY 27, 2015
The protein most often menued alongside the term salted is pork.

FEBRUARY 26, 2015
11% of meatloaf items are offered at restaurants are part of the southern food cuisine category.

FEBRUARY 25, 2015
The most common price point for dishes or items that contain "tater tots" is $2.00while the average is approximately $3.71, likely reflecting when its combined as a side.

FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Feta cheese is found on 27% of menus nationwide.

FEBRUARY 23, 2015
The term "lean" is found on 7% of menus nationwide.

FEBRUARY 20, 2015
The availability of shrimp in locations across the US has grown in the last year, and is now found at 33% of locations, up from 32%.

FEBRUARY 19, 2015
The term "stew" has the highest penetration in states in the Northeast region.

FEBRUARY 18, 2015
On menus, the term "baked" is found at 66% of locations, up from 63% one year ago.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015

12%  of items, nationwide, use the term fresh in the description.


FEBRUARY 13, 2015

Pork chops are found on 18%  of unique menus nationwide, with an average price of $11.02.


FEBRUARY 12, 2015

The national average price of a menu item that contains chicken pot pie is $8.60.


FEBRUARY 11, 2015

15% of the unique menus that mention the term simmered are Indian cuisine.


FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Only 21%  of the locations that serve deep dish pizza are independent operators.


FEBRUARY 9, 2015

Pineapple on unique menus has grown 10%  in the last 12 months, from 30% to 35% of menus.


FEBRUARY 6, 2015

Minestrone soup is currently found on 4% of menus nationwide.


FEBRUARY 5, 2015

The most mentioned cheese in the appetizer section of menus is mozzarella at 47%.


FEBRUARY 4, 2015

Dishes that contain "nutmeg" have an average price of $11.02.


FEBRUARY 3, 2015

Gnocchi is found on 6% of menus and has declined percentage point in the last 12 months.


FEBRUARY 2, 2015

The current average price of dishes that mention the term "pot roast" is $10.15 on chain menus, versus $10.97 on Independent menus.


JANUARY 30, 2015

Ginger is featured in 29% of Indian kabob dishes.


JANUARY 29, 2015

In the last quarter, the term "pho" grew1% on Korean cuisine menus.


JANUARY 28, 2015

The term "avocado" is featured on 88% of all Japanese menus.


JANUARY 27, 2015

In the southeast, the protein most commonly associated with the term "fried" is shrimp.


JANUARY 26, 2015

In chain restaurants, mushrooms are mentioned as a burger on 45% of menus.


JANUARY 23, 2015

Rye is the most popular bread used on a sandwich in restuarants with an average entree of $8 or less.


JANUARY 22, 2015

The state with the largest penetration of cheesesteaks is Maryland.


JANUARY 21, 2015

The average price of an entree described as "natural" is $6.67.


JANUARY 20, 2015

As an appetizer, chili is mentioned with french fries on 15% of menus.


JANUARY 16, 2015

Low-fat menu items are currently available at 26% of restaurant locations.


JANUARY 15, 2015

One of the most common healthy preparation method is steamed which appears on 20% of menus.


JANUARY 14, 2015

The $$$ segment of restaurants has the largest share of healthy menu items.


JANUARY 13, 2015

2% of all menus mention the term brussel sprouts.


JANUARY 12, 2015

Onion is the most commonly featured vegetable in chicken noodle soup.


JANUARY 9, 2015

Peanut sauce is mentioned with tofu on 9% of menus.


JANUARY 8, 2015

The term beans now appears on 66% of chain restuarant menus, an increase of 1% since last quarter.


JANUARY 7, 2015

Bananas have fallen on dessert menus by 1 percentage point since last quarter to 23%.


JANUARY 6, 2015

The average price of a bacon cheeseburger in Northeast region of the US is $7.98.


JANUARY 5, 2015

7% of menus in the southeast mention fish tacos.


JANUARY 2, 2015

The protein most commonly associated with mayonnaise is pork.


DECEMBER 31, 2014

In the US, 4% of menus from all restaurants mention the term "aromatic."


DECEMBER 30, 2014

The average price of a menu item containing the term "organic" is $9.41.


DECEMBER 29, 2014

The most popular appetizer on chinese menus is dumplings, which appears on 88% of menus.


DECEMBER 23, 2014

Shallot is most commonly mentioned on menus with "meat" at 43%specifically with "beef" at 22%.


DECEMBER 19, 2014

Eggplant has fallen from17% of locations one year ago to 14% of locations this quarter.


DECEMBER 18, 2014

Sun-dried tomato is commonly listed with pesto on menus; it’s listed with the sauce 21% of the time.


DECEMBER 17, 2014

The average price of a dish that mentions "arctic char" in the U.S. is $18.73.


DECEMBER 16, 2014

Dishes that contain the term "stew" are found at 7% of locations across the country.


DECEMBER 15, 2014

The average price of a lamb dish in the U.S. is $13.17.


DECEMBER 12, 2014

Brussels sprouts are only found on 2% of menus nationwide.


DECEMBER 11, 2014

The average price of a dish that mentions "gravy" is $7.64.


DECEMBER 10, 2014

When looking at unique menus, polenta is most often used in midscale restaurants (63%), followed by fast casual (17%) and then fine dining (14%).


DECEMBER 9, 2014

On chain menus, descriptions that contain potatos also contain the preparation term "mashed" 45% of the time.


DECEMBER 8, 2014

On chain menus, descriptions that contain potatos also contain the preparation term "baked" 40% of the time.


DECEMBER 5, 2014

 Carrots are found at 38% of locations but fell 2% in the last 12 months. 


DECEMBER 4, 2014

Honey is only used 5% of the time in combination with ham in dish descriptions.


DECEMBER 3, 2014

Gravy is mentioned on 7% of menus that include turkey.


DECEMBER 2, 2014

Cranberries are appearing at more restaurants, showing up at 29% of locations, compared to just 26% of locations a year ago, a 12% relative increase.


DECEMBER 1, 2014

Turkey appears on 39% of unique menus in the U.S.


NOVEMBER 26, 2014

7% of chain restaurants feature the term "local" on their menus.


NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Burgers with an egg on top appear on 4% of menus.


NOVEMBER 24, 2014

The term "crunchy" appears on 12% of menus.


NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Beets appear on 9% of menus, up from 8% last quarter.


NOVEMBER 20, 2014

The average price of pork belly on independent menus is $12.70.


NOVEMBER 19, 2014

The average price of a cheeseburger in Illinois is $9.85.


NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Duck appears in soups on 3% of menus.


NOVEMBER 17, 2014

The term broccoli only appears on 2% of kids menus.


NOVEMBER 14, 2014

The most frequently mentioned item on kids menus is french-fries at 50%followed by a burger at 43%.


NOVEMBER 13, 2014

The term "pumpkin" has grown from 3% to 4% of menus in the last quarter.


NOVEMBER 12, 2014

The most common protein on nachos is chicken at 43%, followed closely by beef at 41%.


NOVEMBER 11, 2014

The average price of a dessert that features apples is $4.35.


NOVEMBER 10, 2014

The seafood most commonly associated with the term "salad" is tuna at 25%.


NOVEMBER 7, 2014

27% of fine dining restaurants mention the term "banana" on their menus.


NOVEMBER 6, 2014

Chicken is the most commonly grilled protein.


NOVEMBER 5, 2014

The term "fresh" appears on 76% of menus.


NOVEMBER 4, 2014

The average price of a dish that features mahi mahi is $8.53.


NOVEMBER 3, 2014

Customers are twice as likely to find mahi mahi on a menu in Hawaii than they are on a menu in California.


OCTOBER 31, 2014

Guests are more likely to find mushrooms on a menu in Iowa than in any other state.


OCTOBER 30, 2014

Arugula is on 12% of menus nationwide.


OCTOBER 29, 2014

The average price for dishes that contain masala is $11.39.


OCTOBER 28, 2014

Chicken thighs are currently found on 3% of menus, up from 1% a year ago.


OCTOBER 27, 2014

The protein most commonly associated with the term "simmered" is shrimp at 20%.


OCTOBER 24, 2014

Basmati rice is only found on 4% of menus across the U.S.


OCTOBER 23, 2014

Snapper is found on 8% of menus, 25% of which are Japanese, 18% are American and 9% are Thai.


OCTOBER 22, 2014

The term "creamy" is found on 30% of menus and is most commonly used on $$ priced menus.


OCTOBER 21, 2014

Usage of the term "jumbo" on menus has increased 1% in the last quarter and is now found on 33% of menus.


OCTOBER 20, 2014

Wonton soup is found on 12% of menus, down 1% in the last quarter.


OCTOBER 17, 2014

Pie is found at 29% of locations across the U.S. with an average price of $11.92.


OCTOBER 16, 2014

Sandwiches, while ubiquitous on menus, have actually grown 1% in the last quarter and are now found on 66% of menus.


OCTOBER 15, 2014

Pearl onions are most commonly found in Coq Au Vin, more than any other dish.


OCTOBER 14, 2014

Pudding has grown from 13% to 14% of menus in the last quarter.


OCTOBER 13, 2014

The ingredient most commonly paired with quinoa is scallion and 18% of menus that contain quinoa also menu onion in the same dish.


OCTOBER 10, 2014

Sandwiches (10%) are the third most common dish to utilize apples, behind salad (30%) and pie (14%).


OCTOBER 9, 2014

The great lake states like Minn., Mich. and Wis., have the highest penetration of cod mentions on menus.


OCTOBER 8, 2014

Dumplings are found at 10% of locations nationwide, with an average price of $7.63.


OCTOBER 7, 2014

Chili fell 1% from last winter to this summer, from 29% of menus to 28% of menus.


OCTOBER 6, 2014

In the past year, mango mentions have been on the rise, up from 17% in Q4 2013, to 21% in Q3 2014.


OCTOBER 3, 2014

Soup is found at 37% of locations, but 73% of unique menus, making it more of an independent offering.


OCTOBER 2, 2014

Flank steak is on 3% of all menus and has an average price of $11.07


OCTOBER 1, 2014

French-dip sandwiches are available on 5% of menus nationwide.


SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Excluding dessert and kids menu, green chile has more than doubled on menus in the last year, up from 2% of menus to 5% of menus.


SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

The term crunchy is currently mentioned at 44% of locations nationwide.


SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Pizza is up 32% from 12 months ago in terms of location penetration and is found at 37% of locations nationwide.


SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

French toast is found on 12% of menus, up from 11% last quarter.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

Mint is found on 11% of menus nationwide.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Only 19% of chain menus that mention blackberries mention them in the breakfast menu section.


SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Shrimp is found on 62% of chain menus nationwide.


SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

The average price of dishes that utilize the preparation method "sauteed" is $11.35.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

The most common descriptor used in menu descriptions for mussels is "fresh."


SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Guacamole is found on 14% of menus in the U.S.


SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

Excluding dessert and kids menu, artichoke is found at 15% of locations nationwide, up 7% this year.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Excluding dessert and kids menu sections, 20% of menus mention "orange" in the U.S.


SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Meatloaf has the highest penetration in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Michigan.


SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Tater tots have the highest penetration in Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma.


SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

The term "lean" on menus is down from 16% of locations a year ago to 15% of locations last quarter



"Deep dish" as a description fell from 3% of menus to 2% in the last year. 



Pineapple is offered at 28% of locations nationwide, up from 23% last quarter.



Minestrone soup is found at 3% of locations nationwide.



Giardiniera is only explicitly mentioned on 1% of menus nationwide.


September 2, 2014

When the term "grinder" is used to describe a sandwich on independent, lower priced menus, it is menued with ham 47% of the time.


AUGUST 29, 2014

The term "lean" is found on menus at 21% of locations nationwide. 


AUGUST 28, 2014

 23% of mac and cheese mentions are on kids menus.


AUGUST 27, 2014

Cabbage is combined with tacos on 11% of menus that mention tacos in the U.S.


AUGUST 26, 2014

The term "juicy" on menus has increased 18% in terms of unique locations in the last 12 months. 


AUGUST 25, 2014

Scallops are found on 33% of menus and Chinese menus use them more than any other cuisine type.


AUGUST 22, 2014

The availability of pancakes on menus decreased from 19% to 17% of locations in the last quarter.


AUGUST 21, 2014

Ceviche is found on 4% of menus nationwide. The most common types are shrimp 54% and seafood 51%.


AUGUST 20, 2014

Mentions of strawberries on menus have increased 21% from Q2 to Q3, and are now found on 23% of unique menus.


AUGUST 19, 2014

The average price for salmon in the U.S. is $12.90 and availability at unique locations has increased from 18% to 19% of locations in the past 12 months.


AUGUST 18, 2014

The average price of menu items described as "barbecued" is $10.49. The majority of these items are priced at the $6 mark, with another spike at $12.


AUGUST 13, 2014

Use of the term "grilled" has increased from 71% to 72% at unique locations in the last year.


AUGUST 12, 2014

In the U.S., 33% of menus mention corn. Location availability has fluctuated between 32% and 38% in the last year and is currently sitting at the low end.


AUGUST 11, 2014

The availability and use of lemon has exploded in the last 12 months, appearing at 45% of locations, up from 29%; that's a 55% increase.


AUGUST 8, 2014

Last quarter, coleslaw availability increased 1% and was found at 19% of locations nationwide, down from a high of 20% during Q3 2013.


AUGUST 7, 2014

Pasta salad is found on 4% of unique menus; found in the $$ category 46% of the time and in the $ category 27% of the time.


AUGUST 6, 2014

The term "crunchy" as a descriptor has increased a relative 4% at unique location, from 49% to 51% of unique locations in the last 12 months.


AUGUST 5, 2014

Pies are featured at 29% of unique locations and the top fruit pie types are apple 18%, lemon 6% and blueberry 3%.


AUGUST 4, 2014

Hot dogs are found on 15% of unique menus, 97% of those menus are from independent locations.


August 1, 2014

In the last quarter, watermelon has grown 100% on menus from 1% of unique menus to 2%.


JULY 31, 2014

The average price of a ribeye steak in the U.S. is $16.0973% of all prices for ribeye fall between $7.55 and $24.63. Hawaii has the highest percentage of ribeye items over the standard price deviation, while Michigan has the highest percentage of ribeye items under the standard price deviation.


JULY 30, 2014

Sandwich wraps are increasingly more available, growing from appearing on 34% of locations to 39% across the U.S. in the last 12 months, a 15% percent relative lift.


JULY 29, 2014

17% of menus that utilize the term "sweet" use it in an appetizer description.


JULY 28, 2014

Crispy is used on 54% of menus nationwide, 36% of which are identified as American cuisine, with 16% identified as Chinese and 10% identified as Italian.


JULY 25, 2014

Nationwide, across all cuisines, the term "fresh" is used almost 40% more often on menus than the term "crispy."


JULY 24, 2014

Swiss cheese has declined in availability from 35% of locations to 31% in the last 12 months, a relative decline of 12%. Cheese overall has grown from 90% to 93% of locations.


JULY 23, 2014

45% of the menus that mention "pork chop" have average entree prices of $7 and $12.


JULY 22, 2014

Only 4% of menus nationwide have "pork loin" specifically mentioned on their menu.


JULY 21, 2014

The average price of menu items containing Halibut on Independent menus is $17.31.


JULY 18, 2014

24% of Independent menus across the US with an average entree price under $12 offer ribs.


JULY 17, 2014

Burgers have declined in availability from 46% of locations to 43% of locations, a relative decline of almost 7%.


JULY 16, 2014

The average price of an item that includes the term "sushi" nationwide is $8.79, but a majority of items are priced between $2 and $6.


JULY 15, 2014

51% of chain menus with an average entree price over $12 mention the term "cheesecake".



JULY 11, 2014

Cucumber has grown in availability from 25% of locations to 37% of locations in the last 9 months, a 48% relative increase.



JULY 10, 2014

9% of all menus that mention banana are identified as Thai cuisine.



JULY 9, 2014

Jalapeno has grown from 30% of menus to 31% of menus in the last 12 months, a 3% relative increase.


JULY 8, 2014
17% of menus across the country identified as breakfast menus mention avocado in at least 1 menu item.



JULY 7, 2014

92% of chain restaurant locations nationwide with an average entree price under $20 serve bacon.



JULY 3, 2014

Tacos are found on 18% of menus nationally with an average entree price under $12



JULY 2, 2014

The average menu price for filet mignon nationally at independent restaurants is $22.59



JuLy 1, 2014

The term "lobster" is found on 17% of menus nationwide and is menued with cream sauce 14% of the time


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