Trending Tables


Trending Tables looks at popular restaurants across the nation to shed light on the foods, drinks, service styles and ambience that resonate with modern consumers. Trends that start in independent restaurants often find their way to chains, making this feature a barometer for factors likely to influence the businesses of all of Nation’s Restaurant News’ readers.

Click through the map below to see which restaurants are trending in 10 large cities with culinary influence. Also find out which restaurants are gaining national attention in smaller cities. >>

About Trending Tables

The main purpose of Trending Tables is to provide market intelligence into what resonates with today’s restaurant customer.

Rather than creating a comprehensive rundown of all the popular restaurants in the country, Nation’s Restaurant News selected four restaurants in each of 10 cities with large and diverse populations and national culinary influence for an easily digestible taste of the types of concepts that are working. And because innovative restaurateurs operate outside of those cities, too, NRN selected 10 additional restaurants from across the country that have gained strong local followings and national attention.

Click on the names below for further information about the trendsetting restaurants in each market:

Los Angeles
New York
San Francisco
More cities

Restaurants featured in Trending Tables are updated quarterly. For more information about the selection process, email NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn at

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