What's the Most Overrated Food of 2012 So Far?

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This year, it seems like we've seen more Angus beef, truffles, mesclun greens, and bacon on restaurant menus than ever before. And despite some food trends never seeming to die out (cupcake, anyone?), are there any eats in 2012 Valley chefs and restaurateurs would dub the most overrated thus far? I asked a few, and here's what they had to say.

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Aaron May
Chef and Restaurateur

Bacon has definitely jumped the shark. It's great and all, but really I prefer a small boutique ham, a whole roasted pig, tender, slow-cooked pork butt, or any number of other cuts. Bacon just has that pedestrian appeal that people have sort of claimed as "cool."



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Deborah Schneider
Chef and Partner, SOL Mexican Cocina

Still pork belly. I am dead sick of pork belly. That's followed closely by beef cheeks and the more obscure forms of offal.





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Chef Rory Hewitt
Phoenix City Grille

The most overrated food of 2012, or ever, is foie gras. I know I just made the chefs reading this cringe. I have a friend who is upset because they banned the use of foie gras in California because it is not humane to raise [the animals for foie gras]. I personally have no problems with this.



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Chef Eric O'Neill
SmartKitchen.com

Food trucks. Sure, most of it might be "gourmet fast food," and there are some really fantastic dishes that trucks come up with, but it's becoming saturated and the ideas of names and what to serve is crashing a once creative business concept. With that, the integrity of food and flavors get diminished.


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Chef Ehren Litzenberger
BLD Chandler

Sushi. It's not what it used to be, and it's very hard to get the best quality. Thank you, Walmart!



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ptcgaz
ptcgaz

LoL Bacon goes with everything. Bacon with a side of bacon please!

 

BTW the most overrated food in 2012 was Babau's dick.

KennyPowers
KennyPowers

Slow down with the food truck hatred, Sport. Sorry if you don't get it, or if the idea of affordable, kick ass food scares you to your core, but it works for us huddled masses. I would take Short Leash Dogs 7 days a week over anything you have to offer.

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

It isn't possible to overrate pure, unadulterated bacon.  Mmmmmmmmm......bacon.  Food of the carnivorous gods. Throwing it in weird recipes, though....that needs to stop.

aeg66
aeg66

But in some areas of the country ( since the article isn't AZ centric) there tons of crappy food trucks. Hell Taco Bell & Burger King have no started them. I thinka better way of explaining it would be the term bastardizing of food trucks. Hit LA: there amazing ones but there are more gross & not the old lunch truck kind.

Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

Since the damn cupcakes won't go away or be demoted to their rightful position I'm going with cupcakes but yes CF bacon is a close second.

joe.distort
joe.distort

bacon, while delicious, has turned into just another stupid meme. keep it with your 'steampunk reimaginings', kickstarters for bullshit, and unfunny chuck norris jokes

Skypork
Skypork

Chef Eric O'Neill is out of touch with the food truck scene. But that purple button down shirt he's sporting under his chef jacket sure is trendy. /sarc

Jay
Jay

Laura I can't believe you allowed this bashing of food trucks to occur right under your nose!  Doesn't O'Neill know how near and dear they are to your heart?  Food trucks are the bread and butter, the heart and soul, the very foundation of Chow Bella.  I'm not even sure what you wrote about until food trucks showed up on the scene. Food truuuuuuuuuuuuuucks.

Christian Parrinello
Christian Parrinello

Bacon has everything beat by a landslide. I'm so sick of hearing about it in ads. We were not suffering from lack of bacon intake before this fad, now we're just saturated.

Bruce Griffin III
Bruce Griffin III

Flatbread pizzas or flatbread anything. Ever wonder why you see this dish on more and more menus everyday? Economics. Its a food cost hero to chefs. Seeing as how it only cost about 2 dallars total to produce one. And most joints charge 10~12 dollars for it.

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