Year in Review: Diners crave healthy options on their plate

Year in Review: Diners crave healthy options on their plate

Did your dinner plate feature healthier options this year?

New numbers from OpenTable show 2019s most popular dining trends.

The data shows diners are looking to have their cake and eat it too.

In 2019, diners looked for plant-based fare and great taste.

Specifically, ‘keto’ was mentioned a whopping 683 percent more in reviews and ‘plant-based’ mentions increasing by 136 percent, as compared to 2017.

Diners also vegged out on low-calorie alternatives with ‘cauliflower crust’ mentions skyrocketing in reviews by 487 percent and ‘jackfruit,’ another vegan and vegetarian alternative, increasing in reviews by 148 percent since 2017.

It also appears diners love to indulge when it comes to global cuisines.

Mexican-inspired dishes continued to grow in popularity, with ‘queso’ mentions increasing by nearly 31 percent and ‘nachos’ mentions by 19 percent over the past three years.

Review mentions of potstickers have increased by 61 percent.

Lastly, American cuisine was the most popular for breakfast and lunch, while Italian cuisine took the top spot for dinner.

Nichole Cartmell

Nichole Cartmell

Nichole Cartmell is the reporter and producer for Heartland Weekend.