Okay, so my notions started getting a l'il fancy free while I was writing Fast Food Trends We're Predicting. Feel free to chime in with your own.
Trans-Fat Monitoring Ankle Bracelets
In light of New York City's controversial trans-fat restaurant food crackdown, we wouldn't be at all surprised to find grill jockeys forced to sport Lohan-style fat monitoring ankle bracelets on the job. "Alert! We're detecting high levels of palm oil at Location #5974. Initiate remote Fryolator shutdown procedure." Gotta protect the dining public by any means necessary.
Now that bottled water mania has flooded every sector of the market, and ultra-haute restaurants are hiring "water sommeliers" to optimize the non-alcoholic fluid intake of their diners, we're expecting some trickle-down. Seeing how Coke and Pepsi have both recently extended their brands, introducing vitamin-enhanced, black cherry & vanilla, coffee-enhanced and other variations to the mix, we're fully expecting a necktie-wearing gent to stroll up to our Chili's table saying, "Tonight, we're featuring an exotic, mid-caffeinated diet blend that pairs beautifully with the Awesome Blossom." any day now.
Even plain ol' table salt is getting a shake-up. High-end chefs are no longer content with Morton's or kosher crystals, but rather pairing their fare with hand-harvested Black Hawaiian and Bamboo Jade sea salts. As if drive-thru orders aren't muddled enough, we're semi-terrified of a future where diners are forced to specify "The #2, Emperor-sized with a Diet Coke and...honey, do you remember if your sister wanted the Fleur de Sel or the Papohaku White on her fries?"
Nothin' But Bacon
The introduction of Wendy's six-slice Baconator behemoth sandwich simply confirms the American people's longtime love affair with the crispy, salty, fat-drenched stuff. When are our nation's restauranteurs going to just go whole-hog and open a chain called Nothin' But Bacon? Franchise options will include an on-premises cold smoker, and a cardiac unit in a shed out back.
Pulled Pork as a Condiment
In keeping with the pig-powered trend, rumor has it that White Castle has been testing out pulled pork sandwiches in selected locations, and we've spotted it as a menu option on Wendy's thisismyburger.com fantasy sandwich generator. While we're thinking that the texture might still at this time be a regional preference (Sorry – no McShredder on the menu yet.) we wouldn't be at all surprised to see it popping up on toppings lists at burger joints around the country. You know – seeing as bacon is so busy and all.
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