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Synergy’s Best of 2019: Restaurant Discovery

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As we wave goodbye to the ‘10s, foodservice news is chock full of food and restaurant trend predictions for the coming decade. For our last newsletter of the year, we wanted to highlight some of the great dishes and concepts that inspired us during our Discovery tours across the country. Some of these locations just might surprise you: Orlando You might think of this Florida city as the home for Disney and Universal Studios, but “The City Beautiful” is also home to a number of distinctive dining and bar hot spots. At the top of our list is BarTaco, a…

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Taco Bell Chops into the Menu Calories

While it’s hard to dispute the statement that “fast food is bad food,” we all give in to the need for grabbing a quick bite to eat. Fortunately, many in the fast-food industry have responded to demands for healthier fare, and some restaurants are making it easier to alter existing menu choices. For example, Irvine,…

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Finding Profits In Restaurant Insurance

Many restaurant operators consider buying insurance a “necessary evil”. You don’t like it, but you know you need it; when a guest or employee files a claim you’re glad you bought that insurance policy. But, how do you know you’ve spent your money wisely? Our experience in working with restaurant operators has shown us that…

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National Restaurant Association vs Government on Salt

The restaurant industry, which has been lobbying for voluntary reduction in salt use by consumers, is getting assailed on all sides. The government simply wants to control how your restaurant can prepare its food and how consumers can enjoy it. “Michael Jacobson, executive director of the CSPI, which has lobbied against trans fats and for…

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Healthy Menu Options for Restaurants

America has been called a “fast food nation” and for good reason. Everyday, one out of every four Americans eats fast food. A fast food restaurant is often the cheapest option, but unfortunately, not usually the healthiest one. Eating just one fast food meal can pack enough calories, sodium and fat for an entire day,…

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My Top Restaurant Pet Peeves – What’s Yours?

As a restaurant consultant who goes on eating missions religiously, I am always asked, “What are you top pet peeves in a restaurant?” I have many, however, these are just a few that aggravate me the most: Hot food served on cold plates and cold food served on hot plates Greeters that are unwelcoming and…

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Pizza: The Next Big Thing in Casual Eats

How much more juice does the burger craze have left? Lots, but nothing lasts forever.  My crystal ball says watch out for pizza!  Based on numerous eating missions, Synergy Consultants has sighted a strong emergence of restaurants serving “old world” pizzas that are wood and coal fired.  The cooking style is very similar to what…

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