Chef Dominique Ansel invents the cronut, a combination of the croissant and doughnut tossed with sugar, filled with Tahitian vanilla ganache, and finished with a rose glaze and crystallized rose petals.
Folks line up for hours in New York and Los Angeles to sample Keizo Shimamoto's Ramen Burger, which consists of a beef patty sandwiched in ramen noodles and slathered in shoyu sauce, scallions, and arugula.
Maybe it's the comfort food aspect of a good old-fashioned BBQ that has delighted so many. Whatever the reason, brisket, corn biscuits, and homemade mac and cheese have recently enjoyed their place in the spotlight.
It seems every bakery in town had its own version of the traditional cupcake -- from strawberry basil to bacon chocolate to beet and kale chocolate cupcakes -- we've seen it all.
Fish tacos proved the perfect summer food trend -- refreshing, low calorie, and inexpensive.
Just a few years ago, famous chefs made a killing charging upwards of $50 for a simple dish of fried chicken. But considering how some of their recipes incorporated Korean spices, organic meats, cheddar waffles, and balsamic-maple-syrup reduction sauces, you really can't call fried chicken ordinary anymore, can you?