My go-to on Seamless is the green curry with tofu. My switcheroo to tofu (from chicken) happened about six months ago. I find it yummier, and I’m not even a vegetarian!
But it does sound like I’m right in line with GrubHub’s newly released “State of the Plate” Report which analyzed data over the last six months from the half a million daily orders they receive.
The report highlights top nationwide delivery trends, along with forecasts for what we’ll be craving this Fall and Winter.
Based on the first half of 2019, plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian foods are all skyrocketing.
Read on below for key takeaways. It’s worth checking out – even if just to ponder how much we’re fooling ourselves into believing something is healtheir just because it’s plant-based – even though it’s highly-processed and deep-fried.
VEGAN OPTIONS ARE BOOMING: Up 25%
Plant-based options continue to rise across America, and the trend is strong in delivery as well.
Impossible Burger orders are up 82%.
Cities ordering the most vegan foods:
- Los Angeles, CA
- Brooklyn, NY
- Portland, OR
- Las Vegas, NV
- Rochester, NY
- Philadelphia, PA
- Detroit, MI
- San Diego, CA
SEASONAL FAVORITES & FORECASTS:
Top Trends: Winter
- chicken shish kabob: 240% more popular
- chicken tinga: 131% more popular
- spicy potato taco: 111% more popular
- mushroom stroganoff: 90% more popular
- Cuban picadillo empanadas: 85% more popular
Top Trends: Spring
- cauliflower bites: 536% more popular
- Ahi tuna salad: 467% more popular
- mixed berry acai bowls: 411% more popular
- chicken poblano: 336% more popular
- quinoa taco: 285% more popular
Forecasts: Summer (in ranking order)
- barbecue pork buns
- truffle parm fries
- quinoa & arugula salad
Forecasts: Fall (in ranking order)
- pesto pasta
- fried okra
- lemongrass soup
BREAKING IT DOWN BY REGIONS:
Everywhere in the U.S. has their own taste, so Grubhub took a look at its most popular foods so far in 2019 across the four regions.
To break it down: the Midwest kept it vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, the Northeast mixed it up with a classic making an appearance, the South stayed with seafood, and the West had a mix of “meat” options.
- Impossible Burger: 326% more popular
- cheese quesadilla: 144% more popular
- waffle fries: 135% more popular
- harvest bowl: 340% more popular
- guay tiew pad see eiw: 319% more popular
- bagel and egg sandwich: 204% more popular
- shrimp linguini alfredo: 273% more popular
- baked potato soup: 236% more popular
- new england clam chowder: 185% more popular
- glazed baby back rib: 412% more popular
- pork burrito: 208% more popular
- Impossible Burger: 194% more popular
CHECKING IN ON FAVORITE MEALS
Changes from 2019: Breakfast is a bit more indulgent, dessert is a little chillier, and late-night favorites lead with a vegan option!
Breakfast: it’s all about the salty & sweet combo.
- chicken & waffles: 219% more popular
- sausage, egg & cheese biscuit: 179% more popular
- pancakes & bacon: 145% more popular
Dessert: who says ice cream won’t deliver well?
- brownie sundae: 273% more popular
- cake batter frozen yogurt: 232% more popular
- donut ice cream sandwich: 217% more popular
Late-night: it’s 2019 when a vegan burger leads the late-night trend!
- Impossible Burger: 529% more popular
- steak quesadilla: 447% more popular
- mashed potatoes & gravy: 325% more popular
Call me a cynic, but just because it’s plant-based, vegan or vegetarian doesn’t automatically make it healthy. People are ordering some major fried up, fattening, cheesy caloric stuff!! My prediction? Impossible Burger is a fad, we’ll continue to love our vegetables but in a less processed form, and we’re finally, at peak “bowl.”