12 National Food Trends We'll See in Phoenix in 2013

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7. Technology Food-related instagram-ing was huge in 2012, and it's not going away anytime soon. Ditto for instagram menus, iPad cooking apps or simply using the iPad for bar and restaurant tabs. While we're on the techno subject, liquid nitrogen will still be used in food and even cocktails. Bartenders are jumping off the technology cliff in droves. But nobody will be calling it "molecular gastronomy" anymore. That's over.

8. Smoking and pickling
We smoked us some bacon last year, but in 2013, there'll be no end to what we smoke. Bryan Dooley of Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ already smokes sea salt for his fantastic tomato sandwich come summer. Guessing we'll see more of that. Smoked meats of every description (that goes without saying), but how about smoked olive oil and of course, smoked cocktails? Old hat. Binkley's did that last year. As for pickling, we've got that covered too. Sacha Levine not only makes her own under the Green Thumb brand, but also pickles things for Chrysa Robertson at Rancho Pinot and for Charleen Badman at FnB. Bernie Kantak of Citizen will pickle anything that doesn't pickle him first. Meanwhile, "Chops" Smith at Searsucker is so good at it that Kantak calls him "the pickle-whisperer."

9. Juices
Consumers are forsaking colas for healthier alternatives: namely, fresh juices, made with vegetables and fruits -- the more exotic, the better. Flavors such as hibiscus, lemon grass and basil will go mainstream. Scottsdale's own Juice Core, which makes green drinks, cleanses and elixirs from raw, organic fruits, herbs and veggies has already garnered an impressive share of loyal, come-back-every-week customers. This one seems like a no-brainer. Surely, other new start-ups will cash in on the trend. And why can't we have a small, indie juice bar or two?

Location Info

Chick Rotisserie & Wine Bar - CLOSED

3943 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


6938 E 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

So We Meat Again

2201 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pig & Pickle

2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rancho Pinot

6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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