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16 Overrated/Underrated Dining Trends in the U.S.-Zagat.

Phaedrus Nov 13, 2013 10:17 AM


I never get sick of ramen, just saying.

  1. monkeyrotica Nov 16, 2013 07:55 AM

    $9 jars of artisanally-curated, cruelty-free, free-range, locavore pickles.

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      ennuisans Nov 16, 2013 03:48 AM

      This last week I've seen umpty billion references to making one's own vanilla extract, so look for that on the next list.

      1. Uncle Bob Nov 15, 2013 02:22 PM

        Small plates are great for target practice!!

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          JonDough Nov 15, 2013 11:47 AM

          I wouldn't say that ramen is overrated but the ramen burger...

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            monkeyrotica Nov 15, 2013 01:53 PM

            Or the ramen slider. They just need to go ahead and make ramen slider cronut pops because at this point, I've pretty much lost the will to live.

          2. Tripeler Nov 14, 2013 07:15 PM

            Must have been a slow news day at the Zagat web site. Yawn.

            1. chefathome Nov 14, 2013 05:00 PM

              I agree with most of the list. So true that goat is underrated, at least where I live. Another butterscotch fan here, too. Always have been, always will be.

              1. fldhkybnva Nov 14, 2013 04:17 PM

                I like the list - I definitely think roast chicken is underrated and have never enjoyed small plates or food trucks.

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                  Phaedrus Nov 14, 2013 07:05 PM

                  I like small plates, it gives me a chance to graze and try all the different tastes, food trucks though are at the stage of saturation, when everyone and their uncle are doing food trucks. Kind of like MBA's and lawyers.

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                  ennuisans Nov 14, 2013 11:26 AM

                  Enough cooking with "love" I say.

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                    mike0989 Nov 14, 2013 10:20 AM

                    I can't speak for ramen as there are no decent ones where I am. So I have nothing to compare it to. BBQ will never go out of style with me, when it's done right. I otherwise think it's a pretty good list.

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                      Firegoat Nov 14, 2013 10:59 AM

                      I just don't think of BBQ as a trend. In my part of the country BBQ just is.

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                        Phaedrus Nov 14, 2013 11:04 AM

                        BBQ is life.

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                          cwdonald Nov 14, 2013 12:36 PM

                          It certainly is not the same across the country. It may be in KC, TX, Memphis, NC etc. It isnt in NY, Philadelphia etc. And what is interesting is that the nominations for the overrated underrated come from different parts of the country.

                          Ramen is overplayed in Philadelphia but is part of the fabric in Los Angeles. BBQ may be overplayed in NY but is central to Austin.

                          Trends are relative and regional. Actually a pretty good article if you think about how the author did try to solicit opinions from across the nation.

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                            Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2013 02:57 PM

                            < It may be in KC, TX, Memphis, NC etc. It isnt in NY, Philadelphia etc.>

                            This could mean that people in NY and Philly have no life?

                          2. re: Phaedrus
                            FoodPopulist Nov 14, 2013 06:43 PM

                            BBQ in its many wonderful regional varieties is a quintessential American food. If you hate American-style barbecue (when it is done right), then you hate America.

                      2. Silverjay Nov 14, 2013 08:04 AM

                        Fuck foodtrucks. For every decent family run foodtruck cooking tasty inexpensive food from their home country, we have to suffer through another nine overpriced fusion craptrucks.

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                          cowboyardee Nov 14, 2013 08:09 AM

                          Kind of like the rest of the restaurant scene?

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                            Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2013 08:10 AM

                            <we have to suffer through another nine overpriced fusion craptrucks.>

                            So sorry about your suffering.....

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                              Phaedrus Nov 14, 2013 10:24 AM

                              Shouldn't fusion be over rated?

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                                Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2013 10:52 AM

                                Fusion is not listed? Oh, this Zagat article is overrated then. :)

                            2. re: Silverjay
                              mike0989 Nov 14, 2013 11:47 AM

                              Got to agree to a large extent. Granted there are a few exceptions. But most of the food trucks I've tried have been over priced and underwhelming.

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                                tardigrade Nov 15, 2013 10:38 AM

                                Foodtrucks are tarted-up and tricked-out roach coaches - those vans that used to visit the industrial areas of Silicon Valley before the days of gourmet company cafeterias and deliver a variety of very basic lunches and snacks. Their virtues were that they were there, quick, cheap, and - that's about it. Nowadays they seem to be to hipster culture what food on a stick is to county fair goers.

                              2. Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2013 07:08 AM


                                I am not sick of Ramen and Barbecue. Otherwise, I agree with the list.

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                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                  FoodPopulist Nov 14, 2013 06:41 PM

                                  Someone should combine the two.

                                2. Firegoat Nov 14, 2013 06:42 AM

                                  BBQ can never be overrated.

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                                    Chemicalkinetics Nov 14, 2013 07:09 AM

                                    Everything can be overrated, but BBQ is not -- not at this time. It is underrated in my opinion.

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                                      tcamp Nov 15, 2013 11:50 AM

                                      Agree but BBQ sauce can be overrated.

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                                      Kontxesi Nov 14, 2013 04:09 AM

                                      I wouldn't really say that barbecue is overrated. Some people take it way too seriously (same with chili), but that doesn't make it not awesome.

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                                        youareabunny Nov 14, 2013 12:31 AM

                                        Mostly agree but big disagree about brunch!

                                        Is there a reason why cupcakes wasn't on there? Or am I behind on what's behind?

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                                        1. re: youareabunny
                                          Phaedrus Nov 14, 2013 06:14 AM

                                          Cupcakes should definitely be on the overrated list.

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                                            monkeyrotica Nov 15, 2013 10:45 AM

                                            Also cupcake "shots." Also cronuts. Also fauxnuts for the cronut intolerant.

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                                              tcamp Nov 15, 2013 11:50 AM

                                              I'm definitely cronut intolerant!

                                        2. linguafood Nov 13, 2013 10:31 AM

                                          I like that list overall, but agree with ramen. I'd be more than happy if the ramen trend continues.

                                          And bring on the butterscotch desserts!! Fuck quinoa.

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                                          1. re: linguafood
                                            Kontxesi Nov 14, 2013 04:08 AM

                                            Mmm, butterscotch. <3 I'm making a butterscotch pie instead of pumpkin for the impending holiday. LOVE that stuff.

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