Food for Thought

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Will ramen rule? Which root is taking root? And where’s the beef? Here’s the culinary forecast for 2015.

The Rise of Ramen: This trend has been bubbling along for a while—and with good reason, given the standout offerings at spots like Nori Thai in Boca (217 E. Palmetto Park Road), which serves a serious Tonkotsu ramen.

Doughnuts are Toast: For years, Americans ate white toast for breakfast. Then came croissants, bad bagels, bran muffins and wacky doughnuts. Now there is toast again, and it’s better than ever. (For more breakfast treats, check out our feature on page 116.)

The Whole Hog Continues: But expect to see more whole roasting—Greek-style lamb on a spit and Mexican cabrito. At Taverna Opa in Delray (270 E. Atlantic Ave.), lamb is roasted with thyme, rosemary, oregano and garlic—or slowly braised in tomato sauce.

Drumstick Roll, Please: Americans are losing their squeamishness about animal anatomy, and chefs are serving identifiable cuts. That means the bones are back in chicken breasts, and we’re rediscovering a taste for dark meat—reason enough to check out the legendary arroz con pollo at Cuban Café in Boca (3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite B-30).

For more on this story, pick up the January issue of Boca Raton magazine.