With 2018 almost behind us, it’s time to take a look back at the year’s worst dining trends. These were some of the biggest food fads that we hope don’t make it to 2019.
- Elitist eats - People are over those crowded “must-try” restaurants with reservation systems the average diner can’t get past that serve long, multi-course meals starting at $200 per person.
- Off-color wine - Orange wine was once obscure, but now it’s made way to many brasseries and bars. It’s not actually made from oranges, instead it gets its name from being made with white grapes with the skins left on. But we’re happy to skip this trend and stick with a trusty sauvignon blanc instead.
- Dim lights - Diners are tired of not being able to read the menu because the lighting in the restaurant is so dark. And to make it worse, people blind each other with their iPhone flashlights as they’re trying to read.
- “Authentic” pizza - Everybody loves pizza, right? It’s baked dough with cheese and tomatoes, or at least it used to be. Now chefs are getting fancy, creating shapes and styles from Naples, Tuscany, Sicily - and even Canada - but do you really want a pie with maple syrup and bacon?
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