2020 has finally come to a close, which means it’s time to start the new year right and write up our list of resolutions for 2021. On that list, why not include some new trends in eating predicted for the year? Here are some of the predictions according to various sources and where you can go in Savannah to be “on trend”.
Before the pandemic hit, hard seltzer was almost exclusively an off-premise beverage, bought mainly at supermarkets and liquor stores and enjoyed at home or outdoors. Gone are the days where people just drank the same canned beer all the time. People want to be able to make a choice and seek out new things to try. Hard Seltzer fits right into that category and as such breweries have either released or are in the process of developing their own hard seltzers. If you want to jump on the seltzer wagon then here are a few local spots that can make that happen. Hop Atomica has Hae Bae and Bye Bae each with a fresh berry flavor option of raspberry, citrus and blackberry. If you find yourself in the Starland area Two Tides is serving TideWater Hard Seltzer on draft or in 4 packs to go.
Birria (Beer-ya roll the R)
Birria is a warming, juicy meat stew native to Jalisco, Mexico. This specialty can be made with goat, beef or lamb, the meat is cooked until tender and flavored with chilies and Mexican spices. Expect to see traditional Birria tacos and even quesadillas complete with flavorful dipping juices popping up in the new year. If you want to try this Mexican trend out for yourself, Flacos Tacos currently has a Birria plate on the menu for $10.00
Alternative Cooking Oils
Olive oil is always going to be a classic for good reason, but it will have some competition in 2021. Walnut and pumpkin seed oils give a delicious nutty flavor, while sunflower seed oil is hitting the shelves in a bunch of new products and is versatile enough to use at high temps or in salad dressing. Also avocado oil will be becoming even more popular due to its unusually high smoke point. You can find avocado oil in stock at LaTerra Natural Oils and seed oils at Brighter Day Natural Foods.
Spicy Sauces, Seasonings & Condiments
People have a new appreciation for the spicy. It’s addictive since it brings a dynamic flavor to foods, not to mention that there is an adventurous factor people appreciate. If you want to see what your tolerance for the new trend is then look no further than Savannah’s own Greg’s Famous Hot Sauce. All of Greg’s sauces are single batches, so they change all the time. However, coming down the pipeline is spicy BBQ sauce with Perc coffee, blue oyster (mushroom) sauce and of course some extra extra hot red sauces for people who can really take the heat. Follow Greg’s Famous Hot Sauce and DM him to purchase as the batches become available.
Bubble tea originated in Taiwan and is made with sweetened tea, milk, and tapioca balls often called pearls. There are many flavors of Boba tea aside from the traditional or jasmine tea, such as taro, lavender, and mango. Expect to see the trend of new fun flavors plus new innovations like desserts made using Boba. If you haven’s already, you can try Boba at Bowls & Bubbles or Shuga Girl.
Burnt Basque Cheesecake
Bon Appetit describes this cheesecake as the alter ego to the classic New York–style cheesecake with a press-in cookie crust. Inspired by a Basque version, this is the cheesecake that wants to get burnt, cracked and cooked at high heat. Which also means this is the cheesecake that’s impossible to mess up. I don’t think any Savannah establishments have hopped on this trend yet. However, it might be good if Fork & Dagger got a couple of requests (hint, hint).