Food Trends

Menu trends shaping the restaurant industry


New types of tacos are appearing on menus as operators apply plant-forward and global flavor trends to the Mexican staple. Try these six recipes for a little variety.

shrimp salad sandwich

Swapping one sauce or condiment for another or subbing grilled veggies for meat can create a sandwich with a different flavor profile and a unique selling point.

hawaiian teriyaki burger

Several actionable food and drink insights bubbled up at a recent conference on restaurant trends.

ketchup spoon

The ubiquitous red condiment is taking on new forms, flavors and colors.

bbq summer millennials picnic

Summer days call for minimal time at the stove. Create a menu of cold soups, quick-grilled meats and veggies and make-ahead dishes featuring peak-season ingredients.

man donut wave

Operators are featuring a slew of offerings designed to make diners do a double take. ‘Tis the season of deep-fried Twinkies and Naked Chicken Chips.

Operators can catch some of that patriotic spirit by planning menus focused on favorite summertime recipes.

Operators have much to learn from the innovative concepts coming to market. These new restaurants may be young, but they’re staying on top of today’s trends that are driving growth. These concepts...

shrimp boil

With visions of beach vacations on customers’ minds, the timing is right to add more fish and shellfish dishes to the menu. These six recipes fit the bill, featuring seafood paired with seasonal ingredients that highlight the best of summer eating.

fried chicken plate

New iterations of the comfort food favorite are flying onto menus.