2017: Southern California’s Year in Food

December 21, 2017 | Los Angeles

Just when you think you had it all figured out, the foodie world moved from kale to kimchi… Say what?! This year has been filled with happenings in the food universe, and when we took a look back at the year we found some very interesting ways that Southern California residents ate their way through 2017. Some didn’t surprise us at all (The Godmother in LA is the reigning king of all sammies), but some shook us to our core (guess how many McDonald's® Chicken McNuggets® were ordered this year??).

So with a touch of nostalgia, a sprinkle of contempt, and a fresh bout of optimism, we bid goodbye to 2017 and look forward to 2018. But before we ring in the new year, we invite you to enjoy our farewell gift:

2017, a year review in food.

2017, a year review in food

The Most-Ordered Sandwich in SoCal:

Proving there’s so much more to sliced bread than the humble PB&J, Los Angeles’s Bay Cities iconic God Mother sandwich takes the gold for most-ordered sandwich in SoCal. Ordered close to 3 times as much as the runner up, it was an easy win. Packed with fillings that spill over the brim, the Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, coppacola, ham and provolone cheese will have you salivating. Insider tip: Be sure to give it ‘the works’!

Try it for yourself: Next time you need to curb those lunchtime cravings, tap into Santa Monica deli Bay Cities and taste why The Godmother is the most-ordered sammie in SoCal.

Hottest Mexican Restaurant in SoCal:

The days of quinoa garden salads have come and gone, and the time for pulled pork tacos and cheesy quesadillas was 2017. The hottest place to munch on your Mexican favorites? Roberto’s Taco Shop in Ocean Beach - the most ordered Mexican restaurant this year on Uber Eats SoCal. This popular fast-casual chain is closely followed by Sombrero Mexican Food in Mission Gorge. It appears San Diego takes the churro for Mexican food in 2017 (although are we really surprised?)

Best this-will-save-your-day Coffee in SoCal:

Ain’t nobody got time to adult without at least one coffee first thing in the morning. But where oh where should you go to get this liquid gold, you ask? Well, the search is officially over, because SoCal Uber Eats customers have crowned a clear favorite: the medium cold brew iced coffee from Dogtown. A total of 145 gallons of this tired-busting elixir was ordered in 2017 - stack those gallons, and that’s almost as tall as the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

Most-Ordered Dessert:

Entrees are nice, but dessert is essential! What were SoCal’s sweet tooths craving the most in 2017? Dk’s Donuts Famous Glazed Donut. These freshly baked favorites are the perfect answer for when you’re settled nicely into your pajamas on the couch and a late-night craving hits. After all, what’s even better than enjoying dessert? When the dessert come to you.

Biggest Order on Uber Eats:

Angeleno’s in particular know that getting what their craving is priceless. And whether it’s tacos or sushi, two orders this year certainly made it rain delicious. One champion eater ordered 150 items from LA favorite Tacos El Compita. That’s 50 ft of tacos (which is as tall as the Hollywood Sign letters!) Another hungry eater spent close to $700 at Sushi Roku in Santa Monica. Can we be friends with you?

Total McDonald's® Chicken McNuggets®

It's no secret SoCal loves foodie trends, but there's also something to be said for loving our tried-and-true go-tos. When McNuggets® cravings hit, now SoCal residents know they can have their favorites in a flash with McDelivery on Uber Eats. And boy, did SoCal enjoy their McNuggets! A little over 7 million were ordered this year! That's a whole lot of lovin' it.

It’s been one big, delicious year. We know we say it every year, but it’s true. We ate our way through the poke revolution, discovered tumeric lattes, saw some of SoCal’s favorite restaurants join Uber Eats, and celebrated as foodie favorites expanded their line-ups on the app. We hope you’ve tasted some of the best restaurants in SoCal that have you coming back for seconds (until you try the new ones next year).

Posted by Sonja Bistranin
Category: Brain Food