DoorDash, the country’s number one food delivery service (it accounts for more than a third of U.S. sales in the category), has just released its 2019-2020 Trend Report. In it, the company reveal its most popular orders for the year, as well as the food items whose popularity has risen the most since 2018.
The San Francisco-based app based its lists on a comparison of orders received between January and November of this year and those from a comparable period in 2018, and also polled more than 1,200 of its customers about their preferences.
According to the report, orders for desserts and side dishes are on the rise, with two of the former and two of the latter — three if you count mac & cheese as a side — appearing on the list of the top 15 rising foods. Old-fashioned classics like apple pie and that mac & cheese are on the rise, as well, and are among the dishes Americans will most likely continue to order more of as we move into the new year.
Some foods experience brief spikes in popularity, tied to various events. Surprisingly, for Super Bowl this year, chicken fingers with French fries, burrito bowls, and bacon cheeseburgers all outperformed chicken wings, which are often considered the most popular Super Bowl food. Orders for iced tea increased by 500% on April 18, coinciding, for some unknown reason, with the release of the Mueller Report. It’s obvious, on the other hand, why fish and chips orders were up (by 457%) on May 6, the day that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their baby boy Archie.
Some interesting findings from the customer survey were that 59% of those polled “define pleasure as the meaning of food,” while 30% say that they typically eat examples of five to 10 different cuisines every month. Of course, some of what they eat might just sound like it comes from different cuisines — burrito bowls, for instance, which are Mexican only in the very distant sense. (And it’s not the only example — these are 20 “foreign” foods that are really American.)
If there’s any doubt that food delivery is the wave of the future, the DoorDash survey found that 66% of the customers polled named delivery as their favorite method of getting dinner on the table. Cooking their own meal came in second, and picking up takeout was third. And what about going out to a restaurant to eat? Fourth place.
That ranking might explain why food delivery apps have grown from fad into a trend that is here to stay. Here are 35 of the biggest food fads and trends in since 2010.