Comfort foods clearly dominated restaurant delivery and pick-up orders during 2020. Now that customers are back to in-house dining, they are seeking the meals they crave and/or cannot make at home, especially seafood and global cuisines.
- Although it’s important to keep serving comforting favorites, you should start reseeding the menu with exciting ingredients and flavors.
- Seafood, especially crudos like ceviche and poke, are rarely made in consumers’ kitchens. Diners want these dishes, particularly when paired with citrus, cilantro, and crunchy, shaved vegetables.
- Portable sandwiches, crispy fried chicken, and tangy pickles are all big sellers on their own—why not combine them into the Japanese classic chicken katsu? This hand-held option combines nostalgic features with balanced textures and inspiring flavors.
- Fresh herbs and edible petals are budget-friendly ways to add sophistication.