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The Hottest Dishes of 2020…So Far

Here’s what you’ve helped rise to stardom in the first half of the year.

Although 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges, Grubhub customers have remained steadfast in their commitment to exploring new dishes and connecting over food. 


While in quarantine, you’ve hosted virtual game nights, sent meals to loved ones, and noshed on comfort foods to lift spirits. You’ve celebrated birthdays over burritos, anniversaries with lattes, and graduations with cinnamon rolls. You made acai bowls your breakfast of choice (359% more popular), had lunch meetings over Thai chicken salads (399% more popular) and dinner dates with rigatoni bolognese (292% more popular). Over the months, you’ve brought the bar home and ordered alcoholic beverages; you’ve even turned mealtimes into family activities with D.I.Y. orders. You also didn’t forget your morning coffee routine: orders of cold brew rose by 232%.


You’ve also embraced vegan and vegetarian ordering like never before. In New York, the mushroom burger saw a 150% rise in popularity, and sag paneer was a hit in the Bay Area, where it was 389% more popular. This year, Houston got in the veggie game by making fried mushrooms 238% more popular. So far in 2020, vegan orders have risen by 23% with plant-based burgers specifically increasing by 90% and general plant-based orders by a whopping 135%!


With more than half a million orders placed a day, you’ve traveled through taste, even when quarantined at home. Here’s what you’ve helped rise to stardom in the first half of the year and what we’re predicting will be on the rise in the next six months. 

Spicy chicken sandwich: 299% more popular

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Name a more perfect food...we’ll wait.

Plant-based burger: 291% more popular

Sweet potato, black bean, quinoa, tofu, name it. Plant-based burgers can take on a variety of forms and they’re all delicious.

Vanilla shake: 273% more popular

Because who says you can’t get dessert delivered?

Iced latte: 261% more popular

You realized that there’s no need to interrupt your morning routine while in quarantine. Iced lattes are just as good on the couch as they are on the go.

Chili: 228% more popular

Chili is like a warm, savory hug-in-a-bowl. Whether you go for meat or veggie chili, it’s a major crowd-pleaser.

Cinnamon roll: 205% more popular

Make breakfast fun! Cinnamon rolls are the perfect midweek pick me up or Sunday brunch treat.

Chimichanga: 195% more popular

What isn’t better fried? You’ll fall in love with chimichangas at first crunch.

Beef burrito: 181% more popular

What could be better than meat, cheese and rice all tucked into a perfect little blanket?

Potato taco: 169% more popular

Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. Potato tacos are a simple but delicious Mexican classic.

Taro milk tea: 168% more popular

Try it with boba, grass jelly, or simply on its own. This creamy purple tea is a delicious sweet treat.
Methodology: Grubhub took a look at order trends on its platform from January 1 – June 20, 2020, as compared to the same timeframe in 2019 to find the top items rising in popularity so far.

Wondering what to order next? Here are our predictions for top Summer and Fall foods in ranking order. 


  1. vegetable biryani
  2. spinach and artichoke wonton
  3. Mexican shrimp cocktail
  4. black bean and quinoa bowl
  5. balsamic chicken salad


  1. miso tofu bowl
  2. quinoa taco salad
  3. mushroom burger
  4. cajun wing
  5. buffalo chicken empanada
Methodology: “Top Trends” look at the most popular food orders during winter (Dec 21, 2019 – March 19, 2020) and spring (March 20, 2020 — June 20, 2020) compared to those same periods in 2018 and 2019. “Forecasted” items looked at the top foods on the Grubhub platform over the past two years, recently trending items, and other seasonal favorites to forecast what America will indulge in this summer & fall.

There’s still time to try them all!