For Cheese Lovers
You know who you are - lovers of grilled cheese, cheese fries, cheese fondu, pizza and more. There is no stopping this love affair.
idea_ss_great-cheese_006_596x334Cheese can be paired with just about anything. You know that saying, 'Everything's better with cheese'? Well, it's true! Check out KFC's 'Double Down' sandwich, consisting of bacon, cheese and a special sauce between 2 slabs of their original- recipe fried chicken. 960 1280
dining-trends_ss_001Breakfast All Day
At B.A.D. Burger in New York City, the B.A.D. stands for "burgers/breakfast all day" -- a perk that's on the radar of many foodies. Open 24/7, this comfort-food joint serves up classic breakfast options (steak and eggs, anyone?), as well as vegan alternatives (such as shroom burgers), for cravings from dusk till dawn -- and beyond. 960 1280
dining-trends_ss_002Bread Upon Request
There's nothing quite like warm bread right out of the oven, and many restaurants are catching on to the idea. At Fishtails Café in Newport, OR, the bread is baked fresh daily. So are the muffins, biscuits and pies. 960 1280
At Triangle Char and Bar in Mount Pleasant, SC, the ingredients are homegrown and sustainable. The head chef has developed relationships with area farmers and bakers to provide the freshest bar food around, such as burgers made from local grass-fed beef. 960 1280
Tapas, antojitos, small plates -- call them what you will, but this trend isn't leaving the culinary scene anytime soon. Restaurants such as Oyamel, a Mexican eatery in Washington, DC, are giving patrons the opportunity to taste many different plates at once. 960 1280
Part of the fun of dining out is getting the chance to taste cuisines from around the world -- especially spicy ones. If you’re looking for watery eyes and beads of sweat on your brow, head to new Thai restaurant Stang of Siam in Baltimore for its drunken noodles. 960 1280
Menus can showcase a chef's vision for the food he prepares. At Pican restaurant in Oakland, CA, the menu tells the story of Southern culinary traditions; it includes complimentary corn bread and a comprehensive bourbon guide. 960 1280
dining-trends_ss_007Veggies for Dessert
A few restaurants are surprising diners with vegetable-themed desserts. Del Posto in New York City proudly serves celery sorbet with a fig sweet-and sour-sauce, giving patrons a great excuse to eat dessert first. 960 1280
Restaurateurs are seeing the advantages of finding technology at their tables. Lark Creek Steak in California uses tablet computers to display its menu. Diners can see photos of the farm where their steak was sourced and what it will look like when it arrives tableside. 960 1280
dining-trends_ss_009Fine Dining Burgers
A burger can be so much more than fast food. With locations in Georgia and Alabama, Top Chef's Richard Blais's Flip Burger Boutique artfully crafts burgers with toppings such as pomegranate ketchup, seared foie gras and cucumber relish -- not all together, of course. 960 1280
dining-trends_ss_010Fine Dining… for Kids
Fine dining no longer has to exclude the kids. High-end French country restaurant Sel de la Terre in Boston offers a kids' menu, with choices such as chicken fingers or grilled cheese with pommes frites. Mom and dad no longer have to sacrifice fine dining for family-friendly fare. 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_bbq_003Did You Know? The delicious tradition of BBQ arose in the early 1500s when Spanish explorers introduced pigs to the native populations of Florida. In turn, native Americans taught Europeans a grilling technique they called "barabicu", meaning "sacred fire pit."
Dish 1: Dry-Rub Ribs
Where: Rendezvous, 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_bbq_006Did You Know? Pulled pork is a form of barbecue in which pork, usually shoulder cut (sometimes referred to as Boston butt) or mixed cuts, is cooked using a low-heat, long-cook method.
Dish 2: Big Ben BBQ Platter
Where: Pappy’s Smokehouse, 3106 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_bbq_004Did You Know? Most barbeque joints serve up two kinds of ribs: baby back and spare. Spare ribs, the larger and flatter of the two, come from the belly side of the pig. Baby back ribs, smaller, curvier and meatier, are what’s between the spare rib and the spine.
Dish 3: Baby Back Ribs
Where: Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 West St John St, San Jose, CA 95110 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_bbq_001Did You Know? In the pre-Civil War period, Southerners ate, on average, 5-lbs. of pork for every 1-lb. of beef.
Dish 5: BBQ Ribs
Where: Buz n Ned’s, 1119 North Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_bbq_005Did You Know? One of the challenges of grilling chicken is getting the breasts, thighs, legs and wings so they are all cooked perfectly.
Dish 6: BBQ Chicken Dinner
Where: The Brick Pit, 5456 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608 960 1280