With so many things to do in Springfield, MO., and places to eat, it’s no wonder there seem to be other awesome restaurants popping up year after year. Not to mention the variety of eateries already present in Springfield, MO., including an array of street foods, Thai restaurants, a myriad of other Asian restaurants, Greek food, gourmet burgers and fries, Pizza joints, Mexican cuisine and more. The only thing really missing is a restaurant which specializes in roast duck and suckling pig for a reasonable price (Why is it so expensive out here)?
Aside from perusing through some of Springfield’s favs, such as Leong’s Cashew Chicken Rice, we decided to look at some of the top restaurant trends for 2018 in Springfield, MO. After all, I wouldn’t mind seeing a few grace their presence within our fair city.
Restaurant Trends of 2018
Keep in mind, some of these we have already seen spring up over the last couple years. This just goes to show the places which serve farm-to-table delights were at the forefront of the trend!
The National Restaurant Association came up with a list of trends after surveying nearly 700 professional chefs and members of the American Culinary Federation. And here, we present a few to you!
With veganism making its way out of holistic and natural food stores and into the restaurant scene, we will be sure to see more vegan desserts. Peanut butter chocolate cookie dough ice cream, chocolate pies, eggless banana bread, and no bake cookies and confections are sure to hit Springfield in full force.
Farm to table dinners
There is nothing so fresh and organic as farm-to-table dinners such as the ones Green Thicket Farms offer. Fresh quail can often be found on the menu here, as well as other items with fresh, raw ingredients found right on the farm!
Whether you are hitting up the Farmer’s Gastropub for some of their homemade French onion dip or visiting Jimm’s Steakhouse for their steak tips served with a side of their delectable horseradish sauce, homemade condiments are predicted to be seen more and more. If you want a restaurant in SW Missouri which makes ALL their sauces in-house, check out Botanas Mexican Restaurant in Branson…*Pro Tip* Whatever you order from Botanas, order from the MIDDLE of the menu… everything on there is uh-mazing!
Vegetable carb substitutes
Instead of pasta, expect to see zucchini strings…instead of pizza crust, watch out for cauliflower. This year we expect to see many a substitute for breads, pastas, and other gluten-ridden foods! Not that I have anything against gluten.. Personally, I find it delicious!
As our pallet grows more complex, so will food-pairings. This is something the Szechuan province in China is known and has been awarded for. They have found a balance between several key flavors in their cuisine including salty, spicy, nutty, tangy, sweet, bitter, sometimes smoky and savory.
Ancient grains and traditional breads
Kamut, millet, quinoa, and more will be debuting this year in more restaurants. These grains and seeds will be more forefront than previous years, but will, of course, not replace their gluten cousins.
Peruvian, African and Filipino cuisine will take center stage this year. If you haven’t checked out Café Cusco, I highly recommend it! Their Wahoo is uh-mazing!
Charcuterie with a Twist
I love me a good charcuterie board, and this year we will see a slight twist on this with more seafood charcuterie boards and even some house-made charcuterie specials. After frequenting St. James Winery in Branson with fellow WeDame Celine, we were pleasantly surprised at their locally sourced selection and the fact they used candied pecans instead of grapes to cut the salty taste of the cured meats.
Savory and smoked desserts
Smoked salmon macaroons and cheesecake has been seen in larger cities. In addition to this quirk, we can expect to see grilled lemon cheesecakes, smoked ice cream (Fume), smoked apple pies and more.
Adult Drink Trends 2018
Restaurant trends for 2018 are not limited to food only – in fact, here are some drink trends which we will also see in 2018!
Onsite barrel-aged drinks
One of the latest trends in mixology, barrel-aged cocktails are siding next to wine and distilled spirits. Pre-mixed drinks are placed in barrels for a few weeks which changes the drink’s flavor.
Regional signature cocktails
According to an article by Spoon University, Missouri’s regional drinks is Caribbou Lou which contains 151 Rum, pineapple juice and Malibu mix.
We’ve seen this in previous years and it is predicted to be more prominent this year in and around Springfield, MO. Some people are wine people, and some people are beer people…some are both, but let’s not mix our drinks, shall we? As it turns out, beer pairs marvelously with pizza, cheese, goat cheese salads and more!
Food cocktail pairings
A dry martini wth a seared sea bass, spicy Asian dishes with light and refreshing cocktails, a soft-flavored duck dish with a full and flavorful cocktail, or even a simple apple sour with thyme-smoked meats will be all the rage in cities around the United States.
A little jalapeno here, a dash of Habanero there, and why not add a little sriracha into that bloody mary to spice it up a bit more? Springfield, MO., make way for more spicy cocktails this year!
Wine on tap
Many restaurants, including Avenue C in Manhattan, have opted for serving wines from kegs instead of from bottles. I wonder if we will see this soon in Springfield, MO. restaurants. If not, don’t worry – you can buy wine kegs online!
Egg whites in cocktails
There’s nothing like a little foam in your adult drink, and egg whites are expected back on the scene this year. Red wine gin sours, summer strawberry flips, lemon lavender gin fizz and through in Rosemary white ladies for good measure!
Other Culinary Trends 2018
While we spoke of a few drink and food trends, here is a short list of a few more which follows this typical “getting back to natural” theme.
Simplicity (back to basics)
Nuts and seeds
Natural ingredients and clean menus
Street food inspired
Heirloom and hybrid fruits and vegetables
Small plate menus
There you have it Springfield, MO. Do let me know if you are debuting a new menu item in your esteemed eatery – one of my goals this year is to expand my palate!