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

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Gluten Free and Food-Allergy Conscious

Those with food allergies may find it easier to eat out now, as 75% of chefs have indicated catering to these needs as the No. 7 trend this year. "It's not just a preference," Stensson says. "It can be a medical condition, so being in the hospitality business, we want to make sure our guests are happy, and that they have a safe and enjoyable meal." Chicago's Vinci even offers an entire gluten-free menu, from appetizers to desserts.