Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fried Chicken: Food Trend for 2010

While I've been scrambling to wrap up 2009, Epicurious has posted a list of the Top 10 Food Trends for 2010.

They are predicting that the dish of the year will be ... fried chicken! Although I don't think we've hit "meat saturation" or that burgers will ever really go out of style, fried chicken seems to be getting some notice among top chefs.

I would love to see more - and good - fried chicken! I haven't found a really good fried chicken in Cleveland since Phil the Fire closed (still mourning the loss of those fried chicken and waffle dinners). And to get Foodgoat to go to KFC and their delicious MSG-infused chickens requires some serious persuasion (or immersion in trashy TV).

I suppose I could make fried chicken at home, but I'm not enthusiastic about the prospect of deep frying. It's messy and you're left with a big vat of hot oil to dispose of. Fried chicken is one of those things I prefer to get outside.

What else is on the horizon of food trends for 2010?
  • Mini whoopie pies (I don't know what they are, but they apparently are filled with marshmallow cream, which is not a good sign)
  • Lamb (I have a hard believing lamb neck is going to be the new bacon)
  • Immunity-building diets (ehh ... building a diet around a single health concern is boring.)
  • Butchers (Much, much cooler profession than what was hip last year ... I'm not sure I could really respect someone who said their job was "mixologist")
  • Homemade brew (Foodgoat's on top of this one!  He's been making his own beer for a few months now!)


  1. The immunity-building diet concept seems starkly out of place with the other trends, most of which are hearty, meat-based ones.

    If you read a lot of baking blogs you'll find that whoopie pies are already all over the place, in countless varities. I guess they're a suitable replacement for cupcakes.

    Fried chicken seems reasonable because it's cheap, somewhat versatile, and, you know, fried.

  2. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Popeyes Chicken is WAAAY better than KFC (which my youngest calls "Yucky Fried Chicken") When I get it I get the spicy. mmmm.....
    Tho KFC's neon orange mac & cheese is kinda hard to beat. Popeyes does have decent red beans and rice.

  3. Thank you! I love Fried Chicken and now I have to Google whoopie pie! Sounds like a great meal before I make my New Years resolution to lose weight!

  4. Ironically, I'd never been a big fried chicken fan until 2009. Have you tried the fried chicken at Bar Symon yet? Some of the best I've ever had. They also offer chicken & waffles during their Sunday brunch.

    I also experienced "hot chicken" recently. I heard about it at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor but did not try it. I asked where their inspiration came from and they told me about a little fried chicken joint in Nashville called Prince's Hot Chicken. Line out the door at 8 pm on a Wednesday. Definitely a low key place but man was the chicken good, and HOT! If you ever go, don't order it extra hot because they don't mess around.