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2010 menu predictions released: future looks tasty.

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Healthful Choices: While nine in 10 Americans think eating healthy is important, 63% say it’s difficult because restaurants do not provide enough healthy items. Restaurants are taking note-- 2010 will see a sharp increase in good-for-you food and drink. These menus will feature super nutritious items with fiber, omega-3, vitamins and antioxidants deliver on flavor as well. San Diego Spots to Try: Tender Greens, The Naked Café
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While 2009 brought us inexpensive grub, 2010 is offering up a new approach to dining out. Hungry to know what’s coming up? Check out this menu forecast for 2010 from menu trend trackers Mintel Menu Insights.
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Classically Simple: Many restaurants decided to tone things down during the recession and took on a more simple way of cooking food. In 2010, it’s predicted that chefs will harness the power of classic combinations and simple, pure ingredients. Case in point: in 2009, the top new menu item for chain restaurants was an all-American classic: the burger. Keep an eye out for more nostalgic, decadent pleasures like bacon, lobster, cocktails, milk-and-cookies and donut holes to keep your taste buds satisfied.

San Diego Spots to Try: George’s California Modern, Burger Lounge

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Restaurant-Grown: While folks these days are constantly eating out, it doesn’t mean that they don’t crave homemade meals. Next year, chefs will add some homey touches to their meals, including artisan breads and cheeses, house-infused spirits, locally sourced produce and meats. The big word next year is “rustic,” which describes imperfectly-shaped pizza crusts and mashed potatoes.

San Diego Spots to Try: Basic, Napa Pizza, Blind Lady Ale House

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Dining out at home: Half of Americans are spending less at restaurants because of the economy, so restaurants are thinking up ways to bring their food into the home. Burger King is one of the latest restaurants to sell its food (french fries) in retail outlets. Expect more retail-restaurant connections in 2010. Not only that, but expect access to restaurants to be easier as well with customers using iPhone apps for menu changes and online ordering.
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Healthful Choices: While nine in 10 Americans think eating healthy is important, 63% say it’s difficult because restaurants do not provide enough healthy items. Restaurants are taking note-- 2010 will see a sharp increase in good-for-you food and drink. These menus will feature super nutritious items with fiber, omega-3, vitamins and antioxidants deliver on flavor as well.

San Diego Spots to Try: Tender Greens, The Naked Café

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Regional Ethnic: One of the best things about Downtown is the bounty of ethnic eateries. In July, four in five adults told Mintel that they’d eaten ethnic food at a restaurant in the past month. While cuisines like Mexican, Chinese and Italian have become mainstream, restaurants are digging deeper to pinpoint specific regions, including Tuscany, Brazil and Morocco to develop tomorrow’s ethnic food.

San Diego Spots to Try: Kous Kous, Latin Chef

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