If there’s one thing that’s certain, Torontonians love to hop on the bandwagon and jump start food crazes. But which ones aren’t worth the hour-long wait? Here are 5 food trends we saw in 2016 that we think are way overrated.
2017 is around the corner! And what a year it has been. We’ve seen restaurateurs flourish, restaurants morph and totally new cuisines enter the city. Trends have emerged, some good, some weird and some just… totally overrated. But what is an overrated food trend? It could be something that looks scrumptious in pictures but does not hold up to the hype in person. A food type that is all the rage one minute, and then doesn’t really make sense outside of that time period. Here are 5 food trends we think are way overrated.
Milkshakes with Crazy Toppings
These things are INSANE and super impractical. Sure, they are Instagram-ready, but these humungous floats are not built for that much else. Many of these milkshake spots have cakes, full meals and other giant pastries balancing dangerously on the rims… surely an accident waiting to happen. And does it even make it taste better? We think not.
Ok, ok, we admit it, we DO love poke. But, there’s no way that every poke spots that opened in 2016 will be making it past 2017. The competition is fierce! It’s a delectable dish but so much can go wrong when you’re dealing with a raw and fresh fish-based food. Not everyone is going to want to eat that in the colder months of winter, so let’s hope these guys have a backup plan or alternative options ready to go.
Pour Over Coffee
There’s something about pour-over coffee that is just a bit too, “I could do this at home for a sixth of the price”. And sure, a crotchety person could apply this logic to anything – even tea! But 2016 has certainly brought the pour-over into the forefront of coffee trends. Goodbye French Press, there’s a new gal in town and she tastes pretty much the same.
Not just the Avocado Toast, but toast of all kinds! 2016 is the year where everyone said f*ck it, let’s open-face this b*tch. One less piece of bread makes a toast, a) less carb-loaded and b) more visually appealing because you can directly see all the ingredients. Tacos were the hottest piece back in 2012 for the very same reason. Nowadays, the toast is a thing because of the Instagram potential and because it’s the tiniest departure from a sandwich, yet somehow way more bougie.
Another trend pandering to the flash-happy crowd. But when you tried one, did you really feel like consuming that much sushi rice? Were the ingredients fresh, properly spaced out, and plentiful? That’s where things can run amok. The fusion of a sushi burrito may be a good idea in theory but in reality, it’s just a glorified hand roll.