This may come as a surprise but our team at ezCater spends a lot of time talking about food trends. We’re often swooning over regional cuisines like Szechuan, discussing the pros and cons of the popular keto diet, and arguing about whether popsicles and other foods of nostalgia will make a comeback in America. At the end of the year, we take a hard look at what people are ordering for catering. From our data, we find noteworthy trends on the most popular foods in America. This year we’ve compiled a list of the most popular cuisines and types of foods that delighted American eaters in 2018. The results are surprising.
For instance, in Georgia people still worship at the altar of biscuits and chicken, but when it comes to delivery, handcrafted sushi is getting a lot of buzz. In Massachusetts, home of fried clams, people are becoming suckers for Eastern European and Russian food, one of the hottest cuisines right now. Our data can be a reminder that you can’t fence in eaters. There’s plenty to be excited about in the food world and every year people like to try out new dishes and cuisines.
Here are the most popular cuisines and types of foods that Americans loved in 2018, broken down by states. (The figures show their growth in popularity.)
For quintessential Italian, go for a nice, bright plate of pasta.
A perfect sandwich is all about the balance of flavors. Try the muffuletta, with so many kinds of meats and cheeses and topped with a delicious briny spread.
Stay energized with fresh wraps and hearty salads flavored with umami-packed dressings.
Soft bun, melty cheese, and a perfectly browned patty. Try one with a fried egg on top.
Rustic Spanish dishes like paella really hit the spot.
Order up a tray of sweet, rosy-colored fish on seasoned rice. Add bowls of rich ramen noodle soup to accompany you on chilly days.
Make sure you order enough sushi pieces for the whole gang. Pan-fried dumplings and crisp tempura-battered vegetables and prawns make great appetizers.
From dumplings to spicy Szechuan noodles, Asian is so flavorful.
Check out these trendy vegetarian dishes, from grain bowls to juicy plant-based burgers, charged with flavor.
You can get great sushi even if you’re on a budget. Order up a catering tray of assorted sashimi if you’re new to this.
Roasted pepper and goat cheese, veggie and hummus, Italian-style. There are tons of sandwiches to choose from, even vegetarian and gluten-free options.
People will flock for the umami-bomb that is Asian food.
For a meal on the lighter side, try a delicate white fish or shrimp.
From grilled lamb skewers to mint infused salads, Greek food is where it’s at.
Try the tres leches cake, hailing from Latin America and soaked in three kinds of milk.
For a fun afternoon treat, try chocolate-covered pretzels.
The Greek spinach pie, called spanakopita, consists of a rich filling of spinach and cheese tucked inside layers of flaky phyllo.
Braised chicken and fragrant saffron rice will please just about everyone, especially when the weather is terrible.
If you can’t fire up the grill at work, just order juicy burgers for the office.
We’ve got plenty of flavorful vegetable dishes to keep you feeling cozy this year.
Think juicy Georgian dumplings loaded with meat and tender herbs like tarragon. Need we say more?
For a filling salad, go for raw vegetables tossed with ingredients like hearty chickpeas, chicken, and chewy grains.
Did you know glazed chicken wings are a snack?
For a lunch that won’t make a mess, try the chivito sandwich, with bits of steak and rose-colored ham.
Who doesn’t enjoy delicious, crunchy toppings in a toasty wrap?
Stir-fries and dumplings crank up the joy in your life.
Deli cold cuts on a nice toasty roll is delicious and exciting.
Whether you dip sushi in soy sauce and wasabi, it’s delicious.
It’s all about the fresh tomatoes, olive oil, herbs, and cheeses. Order up some grilled lamb skewers, scented with mint, and sides of roasted vegetables and salads.
Get a toffee pudding or chocolate cake to show them you care.
For something new, try chicken with a Thai or Sri Lankan twist.
Every try Cajun-blacked shrimp? Spicy and juicy. You’ll love it.
Fresh wraps and hearty salads and soups will keep the department energized all day long. Go for a white bean soup if it’s cold outside. If you’re battling summer weather, try cold sesame noodles loaded with crunchy vegetables.
If you’re looking for a light but indulgent sandwich, the turkey avocado will do you good (you can even slip in some crisp bacon).
The combination of delicate seafood and pasta is irresistible.
A pastrami sandwich, with just a smidgen of mustard, just might be a cut above the rest.
We love fresh salads loaded with ingredients like roasted cauliflower and chickpeas.
Make sure you get a tray of mushrooms stuffed with cheese and herbs.
Try a fragrant coconut layer cake.
Stay energized with a chewy grain salad with roasted vegetables.
We could happily munch on toasted Mexican sandwiches, called tortas, all day.
Choose a beautiful, bright dressing like miso-ginger or Green Goddess.
If you’re new to the cuisine, try the flavorful, juicy piri-piri chicken.
You can’t go wrong with braised chicken with lemon and olives.
Make sure you order up some sides, like stuffed tomatoes and olives.
A dark chocolate cake looks stunning in the office.
We like our crisp beef patties topped with a single slice of yellow cheese on a soft bun. If you’re feeling adventurous, top it off with spicy, pickled kimchi and a fried egg.
Fresh cornbread and fried chicken can bring the whole team together.
Perfectly cooked pasta in meat sauce and plenty of bread to sop up the plate, uh, catering tray.
Go for a simple roast chicken or salmon topped with bright salsa verde sauce.
The aromatic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich features pickled vegetables, salty meats, and aromatics.
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