Welcome to the Best of Flavor 2019

This collection of 125 “best flavor builds” is brimming with flavor-forward wins that showcase not only culinary skill and passion, but also the heightened expectations of the marketplace. Consider this a playbook of menu trends and ideas, as a whole, summarizing the continued momentum of flavor-driven innovation. When asked to put their best flavors forward, our readers delivered, sharing not only their own passions, but as a whole, shining a light on the bold flavor innovations leading menu development today.


10 dynamic, menu-ready builds and how to leverage them, brought to you by Minor's

886, New York

Acadia, Chicago

Acme Feed & Seed, Nashville, Tenn.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute with 229 Parks, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Alcove, Boston

Alex&nder, Louisville, Ky.

Another Broken Egg, based in Los Angeles

Antihero, Ferndale, Mich.

Baar Baar, New York

Bacari W. 3rd, Los Angeles

Barton G. The Restaurant, Los Angeles

Bellagreen, based in Houston

Birds & Bees, Los Angeles

Blackbird, Chicago

Bourbon Steak, based in San Francisco

Brennan’s of Houston, Houston

Buccan, Palm Beach, Fla.

California Milk Advisory Board with Melody / Los Angeles

California Pizza Kitchen, based in Los Angeles

California Tortilla, based in Potomac, Md.

California Walnut Board with The Lucky Well, Ambler, Penn.

Caribou Café, Philadelphia

Carnival Cruise Line, based in Miami

Chaatable, Nashville, Tenn.

Cheesecake Factory, based in Calabasas Hills, Calif.

Clinton Hall, New York

Coalition Food and Beverage, Alpharetta, Ga.

Colada Cuban Coffee House & Eatery, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants, based in Woodridge, Ill.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, Fla.

Craigie on Main, Cambridge, Mass.

Crave Fishbar, two locations in New York

Cuba Libre, Philadelphia

Cultivation Kitchen, Anaheim, Calif.

DBGB DC, Washington, D.C.

Daphne’s Mediterranean, based in Los Angeles

Del Frisco’s Grille, based in Southlake, Texas

Dos Coyotes, based in Davis, Calif.

Dove’s Luncheonette, Chicago

Echo & Rig, Las Vegas & Sacramento, Calif

Ed’s Lobster Bar, New York

Effervescence, New Orleans

Espita Mezcaleria, Washington, D.C.

Eureka!, based in Hawthorne, Calif.

Fazoli’s, based in Lexington, Ky.

Firehouse Subs, based in Jacksonville, Fla.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, based in Tampa, Fla.

Flower Child, based in Phoenix

Flyrite Chicken, based in Austin, Texas

Gaijin Culinary Services, Las Vegas

Henley, Nashville

Horsefeather, San Francisco

Idaho Potato Commission with Mastiff Sausage Company, San Diego

Inn Ann at Japan House, Los Angeles

Jack in the Box, based in San Diego

Jinya Ramen Bar, based in Burbank, Calif.

Juice it Up, based in Irvine, Calif.

Juniper & Ivy, San Diego

La Cafette, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Little Tong Noodle Shop, New York

Locale, Boca Raton, Fla.

Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles

Lolita, Boston

Lucky Rooster, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Luna Grill, based in San Diego

Macchialina, Miami Beach, Fla.

Main Event, based in Plano, Texas

Make Room for Truman, Park Ridge, Ill.

Meso Maya, based in Dallas

Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.

Modern Market, based in Denver

Moxie’s Grill & Bar, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association with Dickie Brennan & Co., New Orleans

Nerano, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Nordstrom, based in Seattle

O-Ku, Washington D.C.

Oggi's, based in San Diego

Osteria Mattone, Roswell, Ga.

Panera, based in St. Louis

Parcel 32, Charleston, S.C.

Pearl at the Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, N.J.

Pei Wei, based in Irving, Texas

Pennsylvania 6 DC, Washington, D.C.

Peppervine, Charlotte, NC

Pizza Lupo, Louisville, Ky.

Playalinda Brewing Company, Brix Project, Titusville, Fla.

Potatoes USA

Prawn, Los Angeles & Pasadena, Calif.

Publican Quality Meats, Chicago

Punch Bowl Social, based in Denver

Quiote, Chicago

Rasika West End, Washington DC

Red Lobster, based in Orlando, Fla.

Restaurant Associates with California Table Grape

Romano’s Macaroni Grill, based in Denver

Sable Kitchen & Bar, Chicago

Santo Cielo, Naperville, Ill.

Seoul Taco, based in St. Louis

SkinnyFATS, based in Las Vegas

Starbird, based in San Francisco

Stay Golden, Nashville, Tenn.

Table & Main, Roswell, Ga.

Tacos 4 Life, based in Conway, Ark.

The Cafe at The Howard, Oshkosh, Wis.

The Counter, based in Culver City, Calif.

The Crack Shack, based in San Diego

The Delegate, Washington, D.C.

The Green Room, Burbank, Calif.

The Grilled Cheeserie, Nashville, Tenn.

The Henry, Los Angeles

The National Peanut Board with El Naranjo, Austin, Texas

The Promontory, Chicago

The Scapegoat, Miami Beach, Fla.

The Shannon Rose, Clifton and Ramsey, N.J.

The Violet Hour, Chicago

The Water Tower at The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Three, Miami

Toby’s Estate, based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

TooJay’s Deli, based in West Palm Beach, Fla.

True Aussie Beef & Lamb with Velvet Taco, based in Dallas

Twin Peaks, based in Dallas

Walden, Nashville, Tenn.

Ways & Means Oyster House, Huntington Beach, Calif.

YuYo, Austin, Texas