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Iconic Dishes of the Decade?

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After watching Top Chef this week, and while on a road trip, my hubby and I started trying to come up with the ironic dish of the last decade. The 60s had veal Oscar, the 90s had everything covered in sun dried tomatoes. We came up with sliders, authentic and derivative.

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  1. the Arugula, Beet, Chevre and walnut salad w/. Balsamic Vinegrette.

    And Smoked, Barbequed Pork

    and Citrus Zests

    1. Everything covered in mango salsa/ relish/ chutney. Either that or stupid cupcakes.

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      1. re: LorenM

        or lime cilantro, chiffionaded of course

      2. Burrata was a very rare dish to be found until the middle of the decade. Now you can get it at Costco (not vouching for the quality).

        Molecular food - still very trendy but seems too "Silent Running" for me.

        Coffee - better coffee - really great coffee - is that a dish?

        meatnveg - I personally have always enjoyed cupcakes. To me, the "cake" part is just a delivery system or edible utensil for the frosting. Without the frosting, it's just a muffin, which I can take or leave. But if it's a carrot cake muffin with cream cheese frosting, then I'm on board. Or is it a carrot cake cupcake?

        1. Pork belly. I don't recall ever seeing it for the first few decades of my life, now it seems to be on every menu.

          And bacon on and in everything.

          1. Agreed on the pork belly. In Germany, it was the decade of arugula - they'd just freakin' throw it on anything and everything, as well as ramps, which (at least to me) tastes like spoiled garlic.

            Ramps is still running strong in the fatherland. Modernist cuisine (or what bula calls "molecular") I think really became ubiquitous this decade, too. Foams, spheres, "caviar", etc. pp.

            1. Tuscan this, Tuscan that.

              And although not a dish, Food Trucks/carts. Take something that was simple and inexpensive and turn it into something else.

              1. Truffled mac & cheese

                1. Rare tuna with mango salsa.

                  Sliders used to be munchie food for teenagers, now they are in vogue? My parents still sneak over to White Castle and they are in their 70s. White Castle is the 'original' slider for anyone that wants to argue.

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                  1. re: CCSPRINGS

                    Absolutely agree on WC being the original slider! I still get annoyed when I see sliders on a menu anywhere else. Call them mini-burgers, burger bites, whatever, but reserve the term slider for a WC burger.

                  2. Oh, it's gotta be Roasted Beet Salad. And I like beets, but I'm really tired of seeing them on every menu.

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                    1. re: SugarFrosted

                      Beet salad for sure, with either goat cheese or a bleu.

                      Who invented that combination? Genius.

                      1. re: equinoise

                        Those of us who grew up liking beets in a salad and bleu cheese dressing have known about it forever (okay, say sixty years). In the Midwest, in summertime, green salads were popular, cold beets were a common ingredient, and roquefort dressing became a popular choice around the mid-Fifties. The fact that the combination tasted really good is not something that your average Midwesterner would fail to notice!

                      2. re: SugarFrosted

                        I'm with you folks - keep this one on the menu - just bring the prices in line with Will's nostaligic period!

                      3. Anything with Balsamic Vinegar - like the salad with pear, gingred pecans and blue cheese crumbles. Since early 2000s balsamic vinegar has been showing up everywhere. Now its more of a stocked pantry item.

                        1. Tuna Tartare
                          Individual Chocolate Volcano Cakes
                          Savory Ice Creams
                          Braised anything

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                          1. re: pitterpatter

                            I was gonna say tuna tartare! Totally an iconic dish for the 90s.

                          2. Japanese sushi.

                            1. "...the ironic dish of the last decade."
                              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                              Slip of the fingers, TampaAurora? :-)

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                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                That would have been a whole new thread :-D

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Darn Autocorrect

                                2. -Preparations of pork belly
                                  -versions of macaroni and cheese
                                  -"authentic" Japanese ramen...trend kind of started in 2004, then grew really fast (at least in the San Francisco Bay Area)

                                  1. Artisanal. What do you mean artisanal? That's not a dish. Apparently these days all kids are winners and all humans are artisans. If it's not made by a machine, it's automatically artisanal. Does it have to be good? No, just made by human hands apparently.