What have you ever been consuming in 2017? Zagat is having a look again on the prime meals traits of the previous 12 months, based mostly on information from Zagat opinions and insights from Zagat editors.

“Breakfast” is excessive on the record of most steadily used phrases in Zagat opinions this 12 months, which aligns with the pattern our editors noticed within the recognition of all-day cafes. Restaurants like Atla (from Mexico City’s Enrique Olvera) and De Maria (from Top Chef’s Camille Becerra) in NYC, and City Mouse on the new Ace Hotel Chicago, deal with early morning and noon delicacies with brightly coloured, (largely) healthful dishes and interiors to match—excellent for Instagramming.

The increase of connoisseur fast-casual continued this 12 months. Chefs like Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm and Del Posto alum/pasta grasp Mark Ladner each opened ideas in NYC serving up reasonably priced connoisseur plates like salmon rosti or customizable pasta with do-it-yourself sauces. In Boston, chef Ming Tsai closed his beloved Blue Ginger to open a fast-casual spot known as ChowStirs (coming quickly). “Counter service” is the fourth most used time period in Zagat opinions this 12 months, which describes the model of service you’ll discover at these spots (suppose Shake Shack or Chipotle).

Smoked salmon rosti at Made Nice NYC. Photo by Evan Sung

With an increasing number of eating places clamoring to create dishes to thrill photo-happy social media addicts, rainbow-colored meals had a watershed second in 2017. This pattern isn’t restricted to Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino: NY-based spots like The Good Sort supplied their tackle the pattern with a rainbow iced latte, and in LA, multi-colored pastries may very well be discovered at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

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The Good Sort’s rainbow iced latte. Photo by Wendy George

We featured a handful of a few of Los Angeles’ trending dishes on this 12 months’s Zagat Instagram Table, which brings collectively 12 buzzworthy objects on one desk for the right shot. Each day this week, we unveiled a brand new section of our desk to create a whole overhead shot on the Zagat Instagram feed.

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Photo by Wendy George

In no specific order, the featured dishes are:

  1. Octopus taco from Holbox

  2. Assorted donuts from Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts (together with the nacho donut)

  3. The French Nest from Smorgasburg’s Lobsterdamus

  4. Mozzarella sticks from Casa Buona

  5. Assorted flavors from The Loop Churros

  6. Rainbow-colored ice cream sandwiches from MILK

  7. Corbarina pizza pie (cherry tomatoes, squash blossom, burrata, gremolata) from Pizzana

  8. Blue smoothie bowl from Great White

  9. Matcha croissant from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

  10. Classic fried rooster sandwich from Fritzi Coop

  11. Bacon banh mi canine and Loco Moco canine from Sumo Dog

  12. Tokyo-style dan dan noodles from Killer Noodle

Speaking of the City of Angels, LA is our Most Exciting Food City of 2017, due to all of the thrilling openings worthy of nationwide consideration (like Vespertine and Felix), and cooks from cities like NY and Chicago (like David Chang and April Bloomfield) opening their very own distinctive ideas. Plus, LA’s lengthy historical past of numerous delicacies makes it inspiring for each cooks and diners—and it’s getting extra diverse day by day!

Check out Zagat.com for extra on the most popular eating places and meals traits.

Title picture by Wendy George

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