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


I never get sick of ramen, just saying.

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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

        Cupcakes should definitely be on the overrated list.

        1. re: Phaedrus

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

      2. 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.

          1. re: Firegoat

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

            1. re: Firegoat

              Agree but BBQ sauce can be overrated.

            2. :(

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

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              1. 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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                1. re: Silverjay

                  Kind of like the rest of the restaurant scene?

                  1. re: Silverjay

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

                    So sorry about your suffering.....

                      1. re: Phaedrus

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

                    1. re: Silverjay

                      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.

                      1. re: Silverjay

                        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. 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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                        1. re: mike0989

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

                            1. re: Phaedrus

                              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.

                              1. re: cwdonald

                                < 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

                                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.

                          1. Enough cooking with "love" I say.

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

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                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                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.

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

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

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                                    1. re: JonDough

                                      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. Small plates are great for target practice!!

                                      1. 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. $9 jars of artisanally-curated, cruelty-free, free-range, locavore pickles.