Worst Food Trends of the Decade

From onion blossoms to overhyped chefs, these things need to go away
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2009 2:40 PM CDT
The too-sweaty, too-greasy onion blossom is "served like county fair food on porcelain."   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Asked to name the decade's worst dining trends, chefs and other food experts couldn't shut up. There were too many (including "mache, water sommeliers, organ-meat entrees, unisex bathrooms, bacon tattoos on chefs, over-flaunted kitchen burns, chefs tables") for Christopher Borrelli to list them all, but he hits the top 10 in the Chicago Tribune:

  • Fried onion blossoms: Too sweaty, too greasy, too little onion, and too much fried stuff.
  • The $40 entree: When your neighborhood bistro has hit these heights, it's time to say enough is enough.

  • Communal tables: Why do restaurants assume we want to sit with strangers?
  • Obnoxious fast food: Really, KFC: A bacon and cheese sandwich using fried chicken as the bun? Is this some sort of joke? Not to mention Carl's Jr. and Hardee's burgers that top out at 1,420 calories.
  • Online reviews: Done in moderation, fine. But to review a restaurant on opening night is "crazy and wrong," says the owner of a food-centric bookstore.
  • Foam: For goodness' sake—"it's suds."
  • Media-whore chefs: "They cook, of course. They also sell shoes and star in reality shows. Sometimes they cook."
For the complete list, click the link.