Some specific food trends that have gained popularity in recent years may have peaked. An online forum recently sparked a discussion about the ever-evolving world of food and culinary preferences. Several users reflected on the trends they found overrated or are ready to see pass into history.
Food trucks serving small portions on disposable plates at premium prices typically require diners to stand without seating or shade. Charging for water, requesting tips, and making one collect their order after charging $17 for a sandwich? No, thank you.
Low-Quality Restaurant Websites
When visiting a restaurant’s website, the primary purpose is to read the menu, not initiate an order before having a chance to review eateries’ offerings. One forum member pleaded, “No, I don’t want to give you my zip code. Just give me your menu and some food pictures.”
The Upscale Restaurant Deception
Another user complained about upscale restaurants that claim to offer “street tacos” and then proceed to charge a hefty amount. This comment was liked almost 20,000 times.
Recipe Tweaks vs. Hacks
Labeling a minor adjustment to a recipe as a “hack.” For instance, incorporating parmesan cheese into your grilled cheese sandwich doesn’t qualify as a “hack”; it’s merely a minor recipe variation.
The Homogenization of Fast-Food Building Design
Many users felt that designing all fast-food establishments to resemble uniform beige or grey structures has eradicated their once-unique and distinctive personalities. One user explained: “I read somewhere that the idea there is it’s much easier to unload a piece of real estate with a building on it if another chain can move into that building with relatively minor modifications. No business wants to be a “This Used To Be A Pizza Hut.”
Placing Food in Wine Glasses
The trend of “cutting” a cake by inserting a wine glass into it or serving things like spaghetti in a glass was ridiculed in the forum.
Social Media Food Challenges
TikTok and Instagram trends that challenge fast-food workers by promoting overly complex orders, requesting items not on the menu, or engaging in a “one-upping” competition are old news.
Sugar Rush Galore
Desserts piled atop more desserts—a milkshake adorned with a donut, lollipop, and cupcake. The sugar rush won’t do diners any favors.
Unconventional Food Presentation
Restaurants that serve meals on surfaces such as cutting boards, shovels, paper, shells, or anything other than traditional plates.
Food for the ‘Gram
Creating visually appealing, Instagrammable dishes where aesthetics precede flavor, making it about 80% appearance and 20% taste.
QR Code Scanning to Access the Menu
Everything is reduced to QR codes, even in restaurants. The forum members complained about restaurants requiring you to scan a QR code to access the menu. Sometimes, all you want is a physical menu to read. No one wants to be on a romantic date and be staring at their phones to select their meal of choice.
Users were equally irritated by restaurant’s overuse of the term “Yuzu” when, in reality, they’re simply using lemon.
Tipping for Pickup Orders
Tipping for food when picking it up yourself at a counter. One user asks, “What am I tipping for? And if that tip is necessary for the employees to make a living, the restaurant just needs to pay their employees a higher wage and charge whatever they need to charge for the food in order to do so. But I’m tired of being asked to tip for every single thing.”
Chefs deconstruct food by breaking a dish into its key components and presenting it unconventionally. The taste may still be good, but the concept feels overused and slightly outdated. One commenter noted, “I did not pay you lots of money, so I get to essentially cook/make my own food.”
Mukbang refers to a video, particularly a live stream, in which a person consumes a substantial amount of food while interacting with the audience. Where is the joy in watching someone eat to the point of making themselves unwell?
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Susan is the founder of Susan's Socials, a social media agency focused on Flipboard. She is also a content curator, encouraging a healthy lifestyle through topics such as pets, food, travel, home decor, gardening, and fashion.
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