A Sneak Peek into the Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report

A Sneak Peek into the Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report

The Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report identifies the emerging sandwich concepts that are dominating the segment and reveals some interesting trends in menus and consumer interest.

Although we’ve seen a downward trend of 6.8 percent, year over year, in overall restaurant traffic based on social media mentions, the 300 sandwich innovator brands have seen a traffic increase of 3.4 percent, according to Foodable Labs.

The report, which is slated to release sometime in July, will provide an analysis exploring the sandwich segment and trends. The segment has seen an upward trend as far as traffic in social media mentions is concerned, which is a great statement for the newcomers that are dominating the market.

It may have something to do with the move towards brand transparency and the use of higher-quality ingredients. In fact, Food Quality is one of the highest ranked sentiment scores at 78.9 points for the Top 50 Sandwich Innovator concepts since the younger demographics are gravitating more towards higher quality and convenient food options. This research also points to the increased popularity of higher-quality ingredient sides, like chips. Snack brands, like Miss Vickie’s, are leading the way in this segment, further advancing the high-quality ingredients trend.

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Amazon Mobile App Takes on Food Delivery

Amazon Restaurants homepage

Amazon is officially taking on food delivery under the name: Amazon Restaurants. It is available now to over 20 cities in the United States.

The service is still exclusively available online to Prime members, but now also through the Amazon mobile app, Prime Now. 

Navigating the Amazon Mobile App

  • Tap the menu icon 
  • Tap on: "See all programs"
  • Scroll down to: "Amazon Restaurants"
  • Browse restaurant selection after typing in your ZIP code

As Foodable previously reported, Amazon started testing the food delivery services in Seattle back in 2014. Just this year, the logistics company began to deliver food in Las Vegas and District of Columbia.

Below you can find a complete list of cities where Amazon’s delivery services are available:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Manhattan
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • Northern Virginia
  • Orlando
  • Oakland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle and the Eastside
  • Tampa
  • Las Vegas

Tillman’s Offers Standout Dishes of Diner’s Favorites

The Steakhouse, Tillman’s Roadhouse consistently makes the Foodable Top 25 Dallas Restaurants list and was the No. 11 ranked restaurant this December. With an approachable menu of popular dishes that are presented in a sophisticated, yet fun way– it is no wonder that the guests can’t help to share their dining experiences at this restaurant on social.

Besides appearing on the Dallas Foodable Top 25, the restaurant has be recognized by D Magazine for the Best Chicken-Fried Steak and Best Brunch in Dallas and in 2012, the restaurant was named a Diner’s Choice Winner by OpenTable.com.

The Beginning of Tillman’s

Dallas has a saturated dining scene of steakhouses and even though the local thriving culinary scene continues to get more crowded– Tillman’s Roadhouse remains a Dallas dining favorite. Tillman’s consistently evolves without losing its originality. Tillman’s started as Tillman’s Corner in 1992 when owners, Sara and Ricky Tillman opened the restaurant long before the Bishops Arts district was the lively section of Dallas as it is now. Eventually, Sara Tillman teamed up with the designer Rob Dailey, who remodeled the space and Chef Dan Landsberg, who developed a new menu. And evidently, the loyal following approved of the changes and the rest, as they say is history. Now there are two Tillman’s locations; the original in Dallas and Fort Worth.

A Unique Take on Popular Dishes

At the core of every successful restaurant is a solid menu. As you can see from the dishes prepared from Executive Chef Cody Brandt in the video above, these are not dishes seen everyday. Tillman’s offers a unique take on dishes people know and love. The intriguing dessert, Tableside S’mores are served with an open flame and a marshmallow trio, cinnamon graham crackers, and dark chocolate– so diners can make their own right at the table. The dish that is showcased above, Cracklin’ Pork Osso Bucco features a bruised pork shank which is garnished with their “Crispy Listeners,” stewed pork ears that are cooked for four to five hours.

Some other notable favorites are the Mac and Cheese, Duck Nachos, Pork Ribs, Chicken Fried Steak, Goat Cheese Tater Tots, and the Truffle Popcorn. A yelp reviewer left this comment raving about the popcorn brought to the table before their meal, “not going to lie, I had dreams about truffle popcorn after our first visit.”

The Friendly Atmosphere

Sure, there are restaurants out there with menus that do most of the leg work. But guests are seeking so much more than tasty food for their evening out. When the atmosphere of a restaurant  is also compelling, this completes the dining experience for the guest.

Tillman’s Roadhouse offers a unique Western-chic ambience with repurposed barn-wood and hand-crafted steel tables. The tables are homey and one-of-a-kind chairs are scattered throughout the restaurant, while above hangs crystal chandeliers. Diners have plenty to look at with the walls decorated extensively with art. The visuals are even brought to life, with vintage stills and movie images that are projected on the walls. Tillman’s has found that perfect balance of providing a relaxed and comfortable environment, with the right amount of classic and sophisticated decor.

The food and atmosphere of a restaurant are important, but service is also a major focus by the steakhouse. Tillman’s has always offered a sense of community. Diners have grown up going to the restaurant and their customers are so much more than patrons. “We become friends with everybody. It is like a family,” said Sara Tillman. Tillman’s delivers a friendly  authentic Texan dining experience that diners are not likely to forget.

Café Momentum - Reformed Youth turned Chefs

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In this episode of On Foodable Side Dish, brought to you by Foodable Network, Foodable Dallas video correspondent Rebecca Combs takes us to a pop-up dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant to explore Café Momentum, an organization that teaches young juvenile men — who have recently been detained or released — about the restaurant industry by working pop-up dinners. Tune in to see how Café Momentum has the Dallas community talking! To learn more about this inspirational organization, please visit http://cafemomentum.org.

Introducing Our Newest Foodable City: Dallas

In typical Texas form, Dallas is doing it up big on the dining scene. And we’re not just talking steakhouses. Though a bit under-the-radar compared to other food cities, Dallas should not be one to go unnoticed; it’s more progressive than you think. And beginning today, we’re bringing it on as our new city-level blog (joining Chicago, L.A., Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Portland, and Washington, D.C.). Scattered throughout the many boroughs of Dallas are notable chefs worth talking about. We’ll be cooking up heaps of food news, highlighting food trends, mixology trends, restaurant news, openings & closings, and the chefs who helm the kitchens in the Dallas area. Dallas will be our newest Foodable Top 25 city, as well, so be sure to look out for that within the next month.

As always, we pride ourselves on having an ear to the ground in each of our major food cities covered, and are continually looking for Foodable Stars. So, if you’re a Dallas-based food blogger, chef, mixologist, baker, or just the person all your friends go to for new, hot restaurants as well as hidden gems in your city, make sure to submit here.

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