Fast Casual Insights


Who Are the Fast Casual Champions? Find Out in Our Top 100 Report

Discover consumers' favorite fast casual brands, the latest fast casual menu trends, other artisan concepts growing with the fast casual segment, and more in Foodable's Fast Casual Top 100 Social Brands 2016 Report. This ranking is not editorially selected, but instead, based on core data and consumer social metrics, reflecting the true, unfiltered opinion of people simply enjoying our industry's food

Sandwich Slowdown: Can These Concepts Compete With the Better-for-You Brands?

It looks like consumers are reaching less for the approachable and familiar sandwich. Brands with a focus on this beloved lunch item are having trouble competing with the health halo brands.According to recent Foodable Labs’ data, the top 10 sandwich restaurant chains experienced the most significant slowdown in the last five years. Specifically, these 10 chains saw a decrease of 4.9% in social occasions. 

Fast Casual Nation: Poké 305 Brings Hawaiian-Latin Fusion to Miami's Brickell

Poké 305 started as an idea by Founder Victoria Chediak. As a food blogger, Victoria was always in tune with food trends and was intrigued by the traditional Hawaiian dish, poké. Although poké has been gaining a lot of attention in the food world, Victoria noticed there weren’t really any poké options in Miami. That’s when she started thinking about what she could offer to the Brickell community.

Fast Casual Nation: Watermelon Used Year-Round Adds Zest to Spring Chicken

You'll find watermelon every season at Spring Chicken, the fast casual baby sister of successful South Beach and Vegas concept Yardbird. In this episode of "Fast Casual Nation," we sit down with the brains behind Spring Chicken and discover how the idea for this fast casual hatched up.

This Fast Casual Brings Sushi Burritos, Responsibly Sourced Fish to NYC

Uma Temakeria, a fast casual in New York, specializes in hand-rolled sushi and responsible sourcing, and is known for introducing the first sushi burrito to the Big Apple. We explore the brand in this "Fast Casual Nation" vignette. 

Leadership Series: Matthew Corrin Brings Freshness to Fresh Food Business

At just 23 years old, Matthew Corrin set out to bring something different to the fresh food business. And, he did. In 2005, he branded Freshii, a restaurant committed to helping people live healthier, longer lives.

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Expert Column

How to Better Understand the Mindset of a Guest

By Donald Burns

Marketers and behavioral psychologists spend their lives trying to get inside the mind of the consumer. There are companies that spend millions of dollars annually on research to predict trends in the market. Focus groups and surveys are being used at this very minute to understand what makes restaurant guests do what they do.

After more than three decades of working with restaurants and their guests, it’s actually not that complicated to understand. There are human behavior patterns that only years of observation can illuminate. At first it’s like a puzzle that you’ve never put together before; it takes time. However, the more you put the pieces of the puzzle back together, the easier it gets.

Top Gallery

Exploring the best fast casual foodie spots from coast to coast means nothing without high quality footage and food porn. Below, we share some of our favorite shots from our travels around the country. Enjoy!