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This is a spinoff of this thread discussing a media in/out food trends article.

As a tangent to that, what's in that you wish would go out, or vice versa is out that you wish were in again? What trends would like to see come back? What trends can go out and you won't miss them?

Edited for clarity.


Edited by Cusina (log)

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I can't think of anything to add but I can't wait to see what others have to say!

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Things I want in again:

Crepes

fried scallops

baked potatoes

french fries fried in beef tallow

Howard Stern

Things that can go out:

Janet Jackson

menu writers

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Not:

Monosyllabic restaurant names

Upmarket salts

Low- anything

Restaurant menus that boast 50-word descriptions (with multiple verbs)

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I'd be perfectly overjoyed if foams would go away.

Edit: Oh yeah, raw food, too.


Edited by bigwino (log)

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I want tableside service again (a la 1950's thankyouverymuch!). Caesar Salad or Steak Diane prepared while you watch... Carving stations on wheels!

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I'd be perfectly overjoyed if foams would go away.

They look like spittle...disgusting!

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I want tableside service again (a la 1950's thankyouverymuch!). Caesar Salad or Steak Diane prepared while you watch... Carving stations on wheels!

Oh yes! I love that.

Two or three years ago we ate at a tex/mex place (in Georgia, of all places) that made your Guacamole fresh tableside. Delicious.

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Ready for their return:

Baked potatoes with sour cream (not in foil)

Crinkle cut french fries

Hot dog buns with flat sides for grilling in butter

Classic sauces

Meat, salad and two sides for a reasonable price

Caraffes of drinkable wine for $10

Jacket and tie required (only at some places)

Ready for their demise:

Brining

Tableside suggestion selling, especially water and desserts

Martinis made with anything other than gin or vermouth

California wines

Marketing department "hip"

Salads

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Good riddance...

Tasting menus. It was a nice run, but their time has passed.

Chipotles and Anchos. Are these the only two smoked peppers in the world?

"Would you like some freshly cracked pepper?" You mean the chef didn't properly season the dish?

Flavored butters.

Odd meat and fruit combinations. The latest violation I experienced was mango slices atop braised short ribs.

Breadcrumb-crusted, warmed chevre on salad.

Insalata Caprese. Unless you have top notch cheese, basil, and especially tomatoes, don't bother.

Tiramisu. So very few of them are made well.

Sushi. At least in Minneapolis/St. Paul, they're all the same.

Balsamic Vinegar in everything.

Food as architecture. I want to eat it, not look at it.

Bring back...

Orders for two.

A la carte.

Classic pasta dishes.


Edited by Brad Ballinger (log)

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I've been waiting at least 15 years for the demise of undercooked veggies as a side. I can deal with crunchy vegetables in my salad, but if it's going to be plated with my entree please see to it that they are cooked. :angry:

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Edited by =Mark (log)

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I'm ready for these to go:

- roasted red pepper ANYTHING.

- vertical food

- huge portions of mediocre food (quantity over quality)

- Starbucks

- restaurants where the decor is more important that the food

- reality TV

I'm hoping these come back:

- neighborhood coffee houses that stay open past 8 pm

- flourless chocolate cake

- wine coolers made with real wine (so I still have some pedestrian tastes)

- Hunan/Szechuan cuisine

- M&M Mint Royals

Marcia.

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Are you guys just bitching to bitch or do you actually know what you're talking about? Ugh.

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Are you guys just bitching to bitch or do you actually know what you're talking about? Ugh.

For this thread, does it really matter? Isn't it all opinion anyway?

SML

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Please bring back:

lard and tallow

simple pies for dessert

ice-cream trucks

afternoon tea

cafeterias

lively Chinatowns

full-fat anything

Martha Stewart

R.S.V.P.s

Please take away:

flavored popcorns

chef's tables

trendy Thai restaurants

Asian fusion

low-carb diets, foods, and labeling

celebrity chefs

children being allowed to bring only packaged, sealed, commercially baked treats to school, no homemade treats

trick-or-treating in shopping malls

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Ready for their return:

Jacket and tie required

I think life would be better if we all dressed better all the time.

So put on a god damn tie!

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I've certainly seen enough truffle oil for one lifetime.

I love truffle oil, but I agree...some chefs do not seem to know WHAT is augmented or what is destroyed by the mellow-yet-intense flavor of truffle oil...I have seen many a good truffle oil ruined by what it was drizzled over and vice versa

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bring back:

lard

get rid of:

random and inappropriate sweetness in savory dishes.

oh yeah, and foam. what's the point?

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bring back:

lard

get rid of:

random and inappropriate sweetness in savory dishes.

oh yeah, and foam. what's the point?

alright...I've had enough of people down-playing foams...

sure, if we start seeing all-foam restaurants, then we can give them the boot, but as of now, they are great flavor, texture and temperature nuances.... As someone who loves dynamic, multi-layered food presentations, I see foams as a good way to add an ephemeral flavor to a dish...

THAT's the point

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