The Phantom Gourmet is always up on what’s tasty and trendy. Here’s where you can try the eight latest and greatest food trends for yourself.
Saltie Girl Seafood Bar
281 Dartmouth St., Boston
Toast is one of the hottest food trends right now. Saltie Girl’s signature snow crab toast features avocado, stracciatella cheese, pistachio nuts and fresh crabmeat on top of crunchy whole-wheat bread.
Popovers on the Square
Portsmouth and Epping, N.H.
Don’t call it a comeback, popovers have been here for years. Popovers on the Square serves them hot and steamy, available on their own, as part of a sandwich or even with an ice cream sundae.
Cake Pops Boston
2267 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Mass.
Cake pops are basically bite-size balls of cake and frosting served on a stick. This bake shop has 15 rotating flavors, including salted caramel, red velvet and chocolate.
Boston, Cambridge, Lynnfield and Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Here you’ll find trendy bowls and salads you can customize as you like. If you can’t decide, you can choose from one of the specialty salads like the kale Caesar topped with chicken and addictive Parmesan crisps.
1271 Boylston St., Boston
Small plates have been the rage for quite some time, but Japanese small plates really came into favor recently with izakayas like Hojoko in the Fenway. It serves everything from buttermilk-brined chicken wings and shrimp potstickers to juicy chicken thighs fired up on a Japanese robata grill.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Allston, Lynnfield and Cambridge, Mass.
Roxy’s open kitchen offers up a craveable menu of suddenly trendy grilled cheese sandwiches. And no matter what you put on your grilled cheese, there’s a whole lot of attention that goes into making it.
Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza
1657 Hancock St., Quincy, Mass.
Coal fired pizza has been lighting up the scene lately – and at Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza they do it right. Cooked at high temperatures very quickly, these pies are perfection.
Crave Mad for Chicken
75 Kneeland St., Boston
Korean fried chicken is the tastiest food trend right now. At Crave Mad for Chicken in Boston’s Chinatown, the wings are hand brushed with sauces like Buffalo, barbecue, spicy and soy garlic.