16 Food Trends Southern Chefs are Looking Forward to in 2022

Avocado toast. Aperol spritz. The Cronut, deep-fried butter, monster milkshakes, and brunch. Over the years, food trends have swung the pendulum from (seemingly) healthy to decadent hedonism, and we have loved them all. If 2021 was the year of fusion cuisine, pantry shopping, and plant-based options, the 2022 food trends will extrapolate—with a few additions of their own. Main dishes rooted in tradition and sides of nostalgia are on the menu for 2022, along with growing global flavors, healthier (and plant-based) options, a taste for teas, and alcohol-free beverages. (We love a great mocktail.) Plus, there will also be a movement towards food with a purpose. Many of the trends we'll see next year are also stemming from restaurants getting creative to rise above challenges in staffing, increasing food costs and supply-chain issues. Here's what to expect and look forward to when going out to eat next year, according to Southern chefs.