5. Hash browns
> Percentage increase over 2018: 1,200%
As DoorDash points out, side dishes like this one have outpaced main dishes in growth this year. While a mid-year survey from the company showed French fries as being the most popular potato variety ordered, hash browns were in second place.
4. Brussels sprouts
> Percentage increase over 2018: 1,280%
Brussels sprouts? Really? Apparently so. The popularity of these flavorful little mini-cabbages has been growing for at least six or seven years. According to an article in Vegetable Growers News in early 2018, people realizing that you can flavor Brussels sprouts with bacon has been a contributing factor to the rise, and while the year-end holidays used to be the big season for them, now there are promotions for them year round. In addition, while 80% of the crop used to go to frozen-food processors, now 85% is sold fresh. A lot of that obviously for delivery.
3. Molten chocolate cake
> Percentage increase over 2018: 1,350%
Ubiquitous New York-based chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten might not have been the first to ever produce a dense chocolate cake with a warm molten center, but his version, which dates back at least 30 years, is the one that has been most widely copied around the U.S. Here’s a question, though: How does the center stay molten on the dash from the restaurant to your door?
2. Cream cheese Rangoons
> Percentage increase over 2018: 1,360%
Crab, either real or imitation, mixed with cream cheese, wrapped up in a wonton skin, and deep-fried was almost certainly invented by Victor Bergeron for his seminal tiki-bar restaurant chain, Trader Vic’s, sometime in the 1940s. It has proven remarkably persevering over the years, appearing on both tiki-style and Chinese menus (among other places) all over the country and beyond. And its popularity is obviously still growing, though DoorDash cites these appetizers as an unexpected food trend, along with the aforementioned pesto cavatappi (see above).
1. Apple pie
> Percentage increase over 2018: 1,550%
DoorDash sees the impressive rise in popularity of this old-school comfort food dessert as an indication that a nostalgia trend is continuing “by bringing back classics with dessert first!” Maybe in light of the political divisiveness currently sundering our nation, people just want something we can all agree defines American values.