Where do you want to fly?
Tiny, expensive cocktails at a new “concept”
One thing we’re over: Tiny cocktails with big price tags. Photograph by Jeff Elkins
Dainty Nick-and-Nora coupes are cute, but we’ll pass on the $16 mini-Manhattan.
No one likes an eggplant coffee cake.
Only our grandparents are allowed to say this.
We’ll take back the Cosmo but the other ’90s drinks are staying in the ex-files.
Whole roasted cauliflower
These vegetarian entrees are as exciting as homework.
Whole cauliflower at St. Anselm. Photo by Jeff Elkins.
Also, warm avocado.
Bigger isn’t always better.
Can’t a restaurant just be a restaurant?
Tasting menus that last more than three hours
No meal should run longer than Lord of the Rings.
More chain steakhouses
We’re DC. We get it already.
Poke bowls. Yay. Photo courtesy of Pokeworks.
The trend died with poke nachos.
Slopping 15 ingredients together so there’s no distinct flavor or texture < sandwiches.
At least gold leaf is easy to pick off.
Nobody actually wants a cupcake on top of a doughnut on top of a milkshake.
It’s time they go the way of the Edison bulb.
Instagram-bait neon signs
Wall decor that screams “Look at meeee!!!! Why aren’t you looking at meeee?!?!”
Overly chatty servers
You don’t have to pretend to be our BFF to give great service.
Servers telling you to over-order
“Our chef recommends three-to-four [$16] small plates [that aren’t actually small] per person.”
Tapas. Photography by Spiro Pappadopoulos.
A version of this article appears in the 2019 100 Very Best Restaurants issue.