Five 2013 Food Trends We'd Like to See Alive and Well in 2014

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We'd definitely like to see more of this in 2014.
Not all food trends are annoying, and though we know "to each his/her own" is a good rule by which to live, there are a few gems out there in the food world that we cannot wait to see more of.

Here are Five 2013 Food Trends That We Hope Stick Around in 2014:

5. Bread & Butter Service

Bread and butter programs have been #trending in the past couple of years...and we love it. If the breads and spreads are as exceptional as we've seen at restaurants like Provisions, Roost, or Underbelly, we certainly don't mind shelling out the extra cash.

Take, for example, Provisions' bread and cheese pairings -- a black-olive loaf with violet-date mostarda and a wedge of Red Rock cow's milk cheese is well worth the $9 price tag.

Keep the crusty baguettes coming. We look forward to more restaurants creating mindful pairings of their own.

4. The Revival of Downtown

Like a phoenix ascending from the ashes, it's clear that Downtown is back and better than ever.

This year we saw the rise of a downtown ├╝berblock with the introduction of hotspots like The Pastry War, Fusion Taco, Goro & Gun, El Big Bad, and OKRA Charity Saloon, which technically opened last December. We love walking around Market Square Park and reacquainting ourselves with old favorites like Warren's, La Carafe and Hearsay Gastro Lounge in between exploring the newbies -- like the upcoming live music bar and lounge, The Nightingale Club.

With the expanding train line, more bike lanes, and the bike-sharing program B-cycle, we hope for the area's continued development and success so we can put the days of the downtown ghost town behind us.


Location Info

Provisions

807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Roost

1972 Fairview St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Underbelly

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Pastry War

310 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fusion Taco

801 Congress St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goro & Gun

306 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Big Bad

419 Travis St, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Charity Saloon

924 Congress St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warren's Inn

307 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

La Carafe

813 Congress, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

218 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Tiger Den

9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ramen Jin

11181 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

CorkScrew BBQ

24930 Budde Road, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gatlin's BBQ

1221 W. 19th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe and Deli - CLOSED

301 W. Gulf Bank, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Underbelly

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

James Coney Island

5745 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Binh By Night

12148 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Blacksmith Coffee Bar

1022 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Feast - CLOSED

219 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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2 comments
Carla Soriano
Carla Soriano

I am all for the Downtown boom and think that the opening of many bars has led to its "revival," but I don't get how that fits into a list of "food trends" that should be continued.

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