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12% of items, nationwide, use the term fresh in the description.
Pork chops are found on 18% of unique menus nationwide, with an average price of $11.02.
The national average price of a menu item that contains chicken pot pie is $8.60.
15% of the unique menus that mention the term simmered are Indian cuisine.
Only 21% of the locations that serve deep dish pizza are independent operators.
Pineapple on unique menus has grown 10% in the last 12 months, from 30% to 35% of menus.
Minestrone soup is currently found on 4% of menus nationwide.
The most mentioned cheese in the appetizer section of menus is mozzarella at 47%.
Dishes that contain "nutmeg" have an average price of $11.02.
Gnocchi is found on 6% of menus and has declined 1 percentage point in the last 12 months.
The current average price of dishes that mention the term "pot roast" is $10.15 on chain menus, versus $10.97 on Independent menus.
Ginger is featured in 29% of Indian kabob dishes.
In the last quarter, the term "pho" grew1% on Korean cuisine menus.
The term "avocado" is featured on 88% of all Japanese menus.
In the southeast, the protein most commonly associated with the term "fried" is shrimp.
In chain restaurants, mushrooms are mentioned as a burger on 45% of menus.
Rye is the most popular bread used on a sandwich in restuarants with an average entree of $8 or less.
The state with the largest penetration of cheesesteaks is Maryland.
The average price of an entree described as "natural" is $6.67.
As an appetizer, chili is mentioned with french fries on 15% of menus.
Low-fat menu items are currently available at 26% of restaurant locations.
One of the most common healthy preparation method is steamed which appears on 20% of menus.
The $$$ segment of restaurants has the largest share of healthy menu items.
2% of all menus mention the term brussel sprouts.
Onion is the most commonly featured vegetable in chicken noodle soup.
Peanut sauce is mentioned with tofu on 9% of menus.
The term beans now appears on 66% of chain restuarant menus, an increase of 1% since last quarter.
Bananas have fallen on dessert menus by 1 percentage point since last quarter to 23%.
The average price of a bacon cheeseburger in Northeast region of the US is $7.98.
7% of menus in the southeast mention fish tacos.
The protein most commonly associated with mayonnaise is pork.
In the US, 4% of menus from all restaurants mention the term "aromatic."
The average price of a menu item containing the term "organic" is $9.41.
The most popular appetizer on chinese menus is dumplings, which appears on 88% of menus.
Shallot is most commonly mentioned on menus with "meat" at 43%, specifically with "beef" at 22%.
Eggplant has fallen from17% of locations one year ago to 14% of locations this quarter.
Sun-dried tomato is commonly listed with pesto on menus; it’s listed with the sauce 21% of the time.
The average price of a dish that mentions "arctic char" in the U.S. is $18.73.
Dishes that contain the term "stew" are found at 7% of locations across the country.
The average price of a lamb dish in the U.S. is $13.17.
Brussels sprouts are only found on 2% of menus nationwide.
The average price of a dish that mentions "gravy" is $7.64.
When looking at unique menus, polenta is most often used in midscale restaurants (63%), followed by fast casual (17%) and then fine dining (14%).
On chain menus, descriptions that contain potatos also contain the preparation term "mashed" 45% of the time.
On chain menus, descriptions that contain potatos also contain the preparation term "baked" 40% of the time.
Carrots are found at 38% of locations but fell 2% in the last 12 months.
Honey is only used 5% of the time in combination with ham in dish descriptions.
Gravy is mentioned on 7% of menus that include turkey.
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.
Turkey appears on 39% of unique menus in the U.S.
7% of chain restaurants feature the term "local" on their menus.
Burgers with an egg on top appear on 4% of menus.
The term "crunchy" appears on 12% of menus.
Beets appear on 9% of menus, up from 8% last quarter.
The average price of pork belly on independent menus is $12.70.
The average price of a cheeseburger in Illinois is $9.85.
Duck appears in soups on 3% of menus.
The term broccoli only appears on 2% of kids menus.
The most frequently mentioned item on kids menus is french-fries at 50%, followed by a burger at 43%.
The term "pumpkin" has grown from 3% to 4% of menus in the last quarter.
The most common protein on nachos is chicken at 43%, followed closely by beef at 41%.
The average price of a dessert that features apples is $4.35.
The seafood most commonly associated with the term "salad" is tuna at 25%.
27% of fine dining restaurants mention the term "banana" on their menus.
Chicken is the most commonly grilled protein.
The term "fresh" appears on 76% of menus.
The average price of a dish that features mahi mahi is $8.53.
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.
Arugula is on 12% of menus nationwide.
The average price for dishes that contain masala is $11.39.
Chicken thighs are currently found on 3% of menus, up from 1% a year ago.
The protein most commonly associated with the term "simmered" is shrimp at 20%.
Basmati rice is only found on 4% of menus across the U.S.
Snapper is found on 8% of menus, 25% of which are Japanese, 18% are American and 9% are Thai.
The term "creamy" is found on 30% of menus and is most commonly used on $$ priced menus.
Usage of the term "jumbo" on menus has increased 1% in the last quarter and is now found on 33% of menus.
Wonton soup is found on 12% of menus, down 1% in the last quarter.
Pie is found at 29% of locations across the U.S. with an average price of $11.92.
Sandwiches, while ubiquitous on menus, have actually grown 1% in the last quarter and are now found on 66% of menus.
Pearl onions are most commonly found in Coq Au Vin, more than any other dish.
Pudding has grown from 13% to 14% of menus in the last quarter.
The ingredient most commonly paired with quinoa is scallion and 18% of menus that contain quinoa also menu onion in the same dish.
Sandwiches (10%) are the third most common dish to utilize apples, behind salad (30%) and pie (14%).
The great lake states like Minn., Mich. and Wis., have the highest penetration of cod mentions on menus.
Dumplings are found at 10% of locations nationwide, with an average price of $7.63.
Chili fell 1% from last winter to this summer, from 29% of menus to 28% of menus.
In the past year, mango mentions have been on the rise, up from 17% in Q4 2013, to 21% in Q3 2014.
Soup is found at 37% of locations, but 73% of unique menus, making it more of an independent offering.
Flank steak is on 3% of all menus and has an average price of $11.07.
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.
The term crunchy is currently mentioned at 44% of locations nationwide.
Pizza is up 32% from 12 months ago in terms of location penetration and is found at 37% of locations nationwide.
French toast is found on 12% of menus, up from 11% last quarter.
Mint is found on 11% of menus nationwide.
Only 19% of chain menus that mention blackberries mention them in the breakfast menu section.
Shrimp is found on 62% of chain menus nationwide.
The average price of dishes that utilize the preparation method "sauteed" is $11.35.
The most common descriptor used in menu descriptions for mussels is "fresh."
Guacamole is found on 14% of menus in the U.S.
Excluding dessert and kids menu, artichoke is found at 15% of locations nationwide, up 7% this year.
Excluding dessert and kids menu sections, 20% of menus mention "orange" in the U.S.
Meatloaf has the highest penetration in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Michigan.
Tater tots have the highest penetration in Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
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.
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.
23% of mac and cheese mentions are on kids menus.
Cabbage is combined with tacos on 11% of menus that mention tacos in the U.S.
The term "juicy" on menus has increased 18% in terms of unique locations in the last 12 months.
Scallops are found on 33% of menus and Chinese menus use them more than any other cuisine type.
The availability of pancakes on menus decreased from 19% to 17% of locations in the last quarter.
Ceviche is found on 4% of menus nationwide. The most common types are shrimp 54% and seafood 51%.
Mentions of strawberries on menus have increased 21% from Q2 to Q3, and are now found on 23% of unique menus.
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.
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.
Use of the term "grilled" has increased from 71% to 72% at unique locations in the last year.
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.
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.
Last quarter, coleslaw availability increased 1% and was found at 19% of locations nationwide, down from a high of 20% during Q3 2013.
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.
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.
Pies are featured at 29% of unique locations and the top 3 fruit pie types are apple 18%, lemon 6% and blueberry 3%.
Hot dogs are found on 15% of unique menus, 97% of those menus are from independent locations.
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 $16.09. 73% 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.
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.
17% of menus that utilize the term "sweet" use it in an appetizer description.
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.
Nationwide, across all cuisines, the term "fresh" is used almost 40% more often on menus than the term "crispy."
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.
45% of the menus that mention "pork chop" have average entree prices of $7 and $12.
Only 4% of menus nationwide have "pork loin" specifically mentioned on their menu.
The average price of menu items containing Halibut on Independent menus is $17.31.
24% of Independent menus across the US with an average entree price under $12 offer ribs.
Burgers have declined in availability from 46% of locations to 43% of locations, a relative decline of almost 7%.
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 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