When you dine out you may have noticed that certain trends have been popping up lately. We're seeing noisier dining rooms, smaller portions, and desserts almost as expensive as the entrees. And whatever happened to salad bars, anyway?
Friday on Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and the restaurant critics discuss modern restaurant trends – from creative cocktails to coconut milk lattes – and the way that those innovations are changing the way that we eat in all kinds of venues, from fast-food to high end bistros. If you’ve seen changes in the hospitality industry that you like – or don’t like – you can join our conversation by sharing your observations on everything from unisex bathrooms to ordering on a table-top computer in the comments below.
New & Noteworthy:
- Novel - 815 West 17th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
- 715 - 715 Massachusetts Ave. Lawrence, Kan.
- El Patron - 2905 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo.
- Webster House - 1644 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, Mo.
- Sis' Sweets - 307 Cherokee Street, Leavenworth, Kan.
- Corner Pharmacy - 429 Delaware Street, Leavenworth, Kan.
- The Tavern at Mission Farms - 10681 Mission Road, Leawood, Kan.
- Frida's - 7200 121st Street, Overland Park, Kan.
- Rye - 10551 Mission Road, Leawood, Kan.
- RJ's Bob-be-que Shack - 5835 Lamar Ave. Mission, Kan.
- Greek Food Festival - September 6-8, 2013, Kansas City, Mo.
- ABC Cafe - 10001 West 87th Street, Overland Park, Kan.
- Metuka Pastry House - 1614 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
Trends in restaurants and food:
- Fried egg
- Pork belly
- Seafood awareness
- Chinese Menus, like the one at Oriental Bistro - 1511 West 23rd Street, Lawrence, Kan. OR New Peking - 540 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.
- Bad coffee at restaurants
- Small plates/tapas as a meal
- Pretzel derivatives, no actual pretzels
- Baby kale
- Misuse and overuse of word "artisanal"
- House-made condiments
- Sensitivity to special diets
- Celebrity chefs