Food Trends

Menu trends shaping the restaurant industry

appetizer sampler platter

While bigger operations were touting seasonal tie-ins, several smaller restaurant concepts were drawing attention with novel menu additions. Here's a sampler plate.

shake shack surf n shack square

A look at the chain’s recent local offerings.

plain check complete burger

Plan Check specializes in modern takes on old favorites, from all-natural fried chicken and smoked milk gravy to sweet-potato waffle fries served with peach ketchup. And then there's the Ketchup Leather.

German cuisine has seen a resurgence on menus of late. Pretzel bread, housemade sausages, mustard-based sauces and spaetzle have all been noted as trends in chain or independent restaurants over the...

chinese porridge

A recent review of out-of-the-ordinary product introductions shows conflicting motivations are lending a bipolarity to recent promotions.

falafel pita

The chickpea fritters are suddenly the rage among fast casuals and smaller QSRS.

pork fries

Logan's Roadhouse's new LTO, Pork Fries, is meant to appeal to consumers as a sharable item that worked for happy hour, late night and as an appetizer.

Ordering straight from the menu is becoming as antiquated as talking on a flip phone. In a 2015 Technomic survey, 72 percent of consumers said they now expect restaurants to allow them to customize...

Plant-forward menus are a top trend, but creating veggiecentric dishes in a fast casual can pose operational challenges, as Jose Andres ’ ThinkFoodGroup discovered when it launched Beefsteak last...

woman reading menu

Here are some of the more unusual products chains are touting this winter to set themselves apart.