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The big hits of the last couple of years are now ubiquitous. We’ll pay you 17 dollars for a bowl of ramen, and we won’t complain (as long as it’s good).

This year brought with it a whole new crop of trends, ones that can’t be encompassed in a single theme. What does it mean that we’re as equally obsessed with kimchi, that piquant staple of Korean cuisine, and bone marrow, the Italian luxury? 

Here are the 10 food trends we saw absolutely everywhere this year—for better and for worse. 

1. Cronuts

10 Biggest Food Trends of 2013

Photo credit: Chun’s Pictures, Flickr

Thank goodness the cronut is actually reported to be tasty. Otherwise this mashup of two perfectly fantastic foods would be infuriating.

2. Blistered Peppers

Photo credit: jlastras, Flickr 

Padrón peppers, you are totally delicious when blistered on an open flame, sprinkled with fat flakes of Maldon sea salt, and drizzled with lemon juice. Fantastic. But we’re tired of paying $8 for a spartan handful of you. 

3. Artisanal Ice


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We totally get the appeal of these suckers; they melt more slowly, so they don’t throw off the balance of a well-made cocktail by diluting its (precious) booze too fast. But man, are they everywhere. 

4. Southern Food


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There’s been a veritable explosion of red-and-white checked tablecloths, cocktails in jam jars, shrimp ‘n grits, and fried chicken all across the country. We are so not complaining. 

5. Bone Marrow


Photo credit: Herry Lawford, Flickr

The unctuous delicacy is being served all over the country, in deafeningly decadent incarnations—picture it whipped into butter and slathered on to steak, or spooned on top of uni—and has been declared by one food writer to be “next year’s bacon.”

6. Octopus 


Photo credit: T. Tseng, Flickr

It’s incredible how many sub-par, gummy renditions of octopus there are around, but when you get a knockout dish of it, lightly charred, it’s a dream.

7. Kimchi


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Sassy kimchi has expanded beyond the realm of the Korean restaurant, and now makes cameos all the heck over the place—from New American spots to wine bars. 

8. Wine on Tap


Photo credit: Kendrick Hang, Flickr

Speaking of which, wine on tap, we wished we liked you better, but we have not yet met a version of you we like—never mind for which we’d shell out 30 bucks.

9. Whole Roast Chicken


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We now live in a nation where diners will pay $80 for a roast chicken—and not mind in the least, as long as it’s fancy enough. Expect to see this right through next year. 

10. "The New Kale"


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OK, yes, we’ve been guilty of thinking/ writing/ opining about this. But now we’re done. Is “the new kale” carrots? Squash? Pumpkin? Garlic? We don’t know, we don’t care, and now we’re done using the phrase.

At least until 2014.