Nobu, Michael Phelps Diet, Costco: Top Google Food Trends 2012 & Miami's Most Searched Restaurants

This time of year brings lots of 2012 summations: what we wore, what we watched and most importantly for Short Order readers -- what we ate. And who better to speak to the food trends of the masses than the almighty Google?

The search giant's Zeitgeist wrap up of the year's search trends includes a lot of interesting info about about food-related topics. Check out what American eaters searched for in 2012, and our thoughts on said results, after the jump.

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Here are the top five terms for a variety of food and drink categories (trending refers to search terms with the highest traffic over a sustained period year over year, and most searched is pretty self-explanatory.):

Trending: Food Delivery

Burger King Delivery

Pizza Delivery

Nola Food Delivery

Healthy Delivery Options

Tomato Soup Delivery

This bodes well for the South Florida based burger chain's new venture (which the Short Order team tried out). But tomato soup delivery? Seriously, people? Is a can of Campbells so difficult to prepare?

Most Searched: Cocktails


Bloody Mary


Pina Colada


Standard fare. Meet your average Ocean Drive drink menu.

Trending: Recipes

Progresso Recipe Starters

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

Slutty Brownies Recipe

More than a little sad. Apparently Progresso's canned cooking sauces are a big favorite for those who are into a 250,000% of daily value sodium intake. But slutty brownies? That, we can get into.

Trending: Diets

Michael Phelps diet

Beyond diet

Raspberry Ketone diet

Pink Method diet

Adriana Lima diet

Yeah, celebrity diets are popular as always. But newsflash for those who want the body of Michael Phelps or Adriana Lima: they get paid to work out. You don't. So yeah, replicating their diet probably isn't gonna do it. And besides, you can only eat so much Subway.

Most Searched: U.S. Restaurants in Zagat (Zagat is one of Google's newest acquisitions, so the restaurant listings are ranked through them.)



Chef's Table

Gramercy Tavern


Well, we do have a Nobu branch here in Miami, so that's something. Otherwise, we're zero for five. Unsurprisingly, NYC pretty much dominates this category.

Most Searched: Food Companies


Pizza Hut


Papa Johns

Food Network

We can't hate. We're pretty big fans of Costco's baked goods (as is the VP, apparently).

Most Searched: Calorie Searches

McDonalds Calories

Chipotle Calories

Calories in an Avocado

Vodka Calories

Calories Burned Walking

Sadly, Americans still love their Mickey Ds. But at least avocado and vodka come up a close third and fourth. That gives us a little faith in humanity.

And lastly, when you narrow it down to the city view, Zeitgeist offers a list of Miami's most searched restaurants in Zagat.

Miami, FL Restaurants

Zuma Restaurant

Barton G. The Restaurant

OLA Restaurant

Casa Tua Restaurant

Juvia Restaurant

Since these rankings are based mostly on out-of-towners utilizing Zagat's listings, this list doesn't come as any real surprise. But at least one is off the beach! That's a nice nod to the increasing significance of the downtown culinary scene. There's more to us than just South Beach, visiting foodies!

Till next year ...

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