Food Pics, Avocado Toast and Other ‘Foodie’ Trends

Are you a “foodie” and Instagram addict who chooses a restaurant based on how ready for a close-up its dishes are and then calls a halt to all eating at the table until you have dutifully snapped pics and posted them on social media for all to see? If so, you are so on-trend.

The folks at Zagat, those restaurant-rating gurus, have released the results of a recent dining-trend survey, reflecting the sentiments of 9,865 passionate eaters nationwide, and the findings are rather interesting.

Here are some key facts and figures:

We are slaves to social media:

  • 60 percent of social-media-active restaurant-goers surveyed by Zagat admit to persuading a dining companion to wait to eat their food until they’ve had a chance to snap photos.
  • 41 percent of diners nationwide who are active on social media say they post photos of their food online while they are sitting at the table.
  • 75 percent of those who enjoy looking at photos of food on social media say they have chosen a restaurant based on those photos. (In Honolulu, fully 91 percent said they had!)
  • Thankfully, only 1 percent of survey respondents say they have posted photos of their food online from a restaurant bathroom. (Because … ew.)

Some trends have staying power (and others not so much):

  • 33 percent of respondents nationwide “love” avocado toast, and 31 percent of them feel the same way about ramen, pork belly and Sriracha.
  • 38 percent of restaurant-goers said they were totally “over” food mash-ups (Cronut? Cro … not!) and 57 percent of them felt that way about “gimmicky” foods like rainbow bagels. (Over the rainbow!)

Just say no:

  • 38 percent of us will reject a restaurant if it has a cash-only policy. (Don’t make us go to the ATM!)
  • 33 percent of us will skip an eatery that requires us to eat at communal tables, and the same percent will do so if a restaurant has a “no-substitutions policy.”
  • 20 percent of us won’t go to a place that seats only those with reservations. (And 72 percent say they would never pay for a hard-to-get reservation.)
  • Location, though, is not a serious barrier; about one-fourth of those surveyed will happily take a weekend driving trip or a flight for a good meal.

What’s in a name?

  • 77 percent of those surveyed by Zagat consider themselves “foodies.” (Embrace it!)

Photo courtesy of iStock

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 Author: Amy Reiter

Originally published at on September 21, 2016.