Best Industries 2012: Full-Service Restaurants | 6 Hot Trends in Eating Out

Courtesy Company
2 of 7

Locally Sourced and Grown

The top two slots of this survey go to locally sourced and produced foods: meats, seafood, and produce. "People are more interested in what's on their plate and where it comes from," says the National Restaurant Association's Annika Stensson. "So it's not just eating to satisfy hunger, it's also an interest in what you actually ingest." Manhattan's Bell Book & Candle takes this to an extreme: The restaurant uses a pulley to bring its produce from its rooftop garden to the kitchen.