veggiesFrom spicy food to sour flavors, popcorn popularity and locally sourced food, experts are weighing in on the top food trends for 2013.

There are a lot of predictions out there, so we went straight to the source: our restaurant partners!  Here are some of their thoughts on what 2013 holds for your taste buds:

It’s Hip to be Healthy: Sixty four percent of restaurants surveyed noted a customer demand for healthy menu options and they’re responding accordingly: 80% of restaurants say they will add more healthy menu items in 2013.  Fifty two percent of restaurants surveyed selected healthy options as the most influential factor in planning their 2013 menus, followed by vegetarian options (39 percent) and gluten free options (38 percent).

Veggies Get A Starring Role: Given the demand for healthy options, it’s not surprising to hear that veggies will take a more prominent role in menu items.  Vegetable dishes ranked second on the list of most popular food trends for 2013 as voted by our restaurants, with 43 percent picking them to be a 2013 trend.  Restaurants say they’ll even go a step further with this dish, with 62 percent reporting their restaurant will feature locally sourced produce in 2013.

Comfort Food Remains A Favorite: In spite of the healthy movement seen elsewhere in the survey, our restaurants selected comfort food as the most popular trend for 2013, with 50 percent of respondents selecting it over much-hyped new trends like spicy foods (37 percent), mini foods (34 percent) and small plates (39 percent).

Delicious Drinks and Dessert: Desserts are not the hot item for 2013, with 50 percent of restaurants noting no change in popularity of after-dinner treats and 29 percent reporting that dessert orders have actually decreased.  However, specialty cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are thought to be growing in popularity, with 35 percent selecting them as a 2013 trend.

Out with the Old, in with the New: 85 percent of restaurants we surveyed plan to add new items to their menus in 2013, though it may come at a price: 70 percent of restaurants expect to raise prices in 2013.

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