Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development




By Elyse Glickman
May 10, 2022

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David Cox

Proving birria’s powerhouse potential for menu development wins, Norms, the Southern California institution known for its all-day, comfort-centric menus, centered a recent runaway hit around the craveable concept. Norms launched a Quesabirria LTO that is featured in its Beef Quesabirria Burger, Quesabirria Fries, Shredded Beef Omelette and the No. 1 seller in this category, Braised Beef Chilaquiles.

“We took two popular, trend-forward Mexican dishes and created a hybrid of both flavor profiles,” says David Cox, Corporate Executive Chef, about the Braised Beef Chilaquiles. “We realized we could reduce the birria broth to a sauce consistency and use that to toss into the chips, which gives them a really unique flavor profile.” After being coated with the birria broth, the tortilla chips are topped with quesabirria shredded beef, Jack cheese, fresh pico de gallo and two eggs, any style. The dish is served with a side of broth and warm black beans. “It’s definitely an unusual interpretation of quesabirria, but we discovered that the chilaquiles were a great flavor carrier,” he says. Using birria across four featured menu items pays off for back-of-house, too. “We were able to leverage SKUs and labor, making it more cost effective and easy to execute.”


About The Author

Elyse Glickman

Elyse Glickman has an extensive food and beverage journalism resume encompassing reviews, chef profiles, trends, recipes and other topics for publications and websites in the U.S. and abroad. For more than a decade, she covered the Los Angeles dining scene as a senior food editor for “Boulevard Magazine” and “C-Suite Quarterly,” while digging deeper into wine, beverage and cocktail topics for trades such as “The Tasting Panel,” “Bar Business,” “El Restaurante.” She also has explored international restaurant and food trends for travel stories published in Roseann Tully’s “Intermezzo” and “SIP” magazines, “Taste & Travel” and “Global Traveler.” [email protected]