5 Food Trends Popping Up Across the U.S.

By Zagat Staff  |  August 26, 2014

Our Zagat writers and editors are out eating constantly, checking out restaurants new and old, hunting for great dishes and undiscovered spots in their hometowns. They also notice a whole lot of food trends — here, we wrap up five of the most interesting fads they've picked up on this month, from Mexican-style street corn to Francophone bars. 

  • Philly's Bagel Explosion

    Philadelphia is experiencing a bagel boom. There are bagels pop-ups that sell out within hours, a roving bagel truck that sees lines down the block, a surge of restaurants doing weekend-only bagels and two new bagel shops opening in Center City before the end of the year.

    We even heard whispers that Mile End Deli, the folks behind NYC darling Black Seed Bagels, might be considering something here. Or not. It seems our bagel scene will be plenty healthy without them. Read here to find out about five new places to get bagels in Philly.

  • French-Inspired Bars in San Francisco

    Absinthe, Cognac, Armagnac, Chartreuse and Calvados — these gorgeous French spirits have long proliferated on the back bar of the best bars and restaurants. But lately in San Francisco, we've noticed them taking center stage in cocktail menus around town. Read here about three new restaurant bars (with a fourth, Urchin Bistrot, just opened this week, focused on absinthe, Cognac, Chartreuse and  Suze cocktails) that confirm the trend and whisk us away to France in the process.

  • Aussie Coffee Shops Invade Gotham

    The past few years have seen an explosion in schmancy coffee shops, but lately NYC has welcomed a rapidly growing number from an unexpected place: Australia. Since the spring, Brunswick and its avocado toast have touched down in Bed-Stuy (with a Park Slope sequel about to open), Bluestone Lane has brought its flat whites to a second location in the West Village, Hole in the Wall Coffee has opened the first of many planned locales in the Garment District, and Two Hands from two mates has opened in Little Italy.  Read more about the trend here.

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    Chicago's Corn Crush

    Elote, or Mexican-style corn on the cob, is a common sighting at push carts and street fests around Chicago. The simple dish involves nothing more than dumping mayonnaise, crumbled cheeses and chile powder on charred corn. With corn season upon us, we found a dozen variations of the street-food classic at restaurants around Chicago. Read here about more sit-down versions of the street-food dish.

  • The Art of Drinking in Miami

    In Miami, cocktails and art often go hand-in-hand. Check out four galleries that double as lounges, offering plenty eat, drink and see — coloring books and tapas, anyone? Read here to learn more about the trend.