On the rise: Asian chicken wings Perhaps they are inspired by BonChon, a Korean franchise that serves its fantastically addictive chicken in Allston and Cambridge. Or maybe by Portland, Ore., restaurant Pok Pok, whose Vietnamese fish sauce wings have gained national repute. Flavored with soy, ginger, chilies, and more, wings are taking on an Asian flavor profile. Where to eat: Park Restaurant & Bar, 59 JFK St., Cambridge. 617-491-9851. www.parkcambridge.com. Confit chicken wings with sambal and honey glaze, $9.
5 minutes ago: Fish tacos Once Bostonians had to go somewhere like San Diego to get a fish taco. Then the dish swam into local taquerias, and soon on to non-Mexican restaurants all over town. Where to eat: Porter Cafe, 1723 Centre St., West Roxbury. 617-942-2579. www.portercafe.com. Grilled fish tacos, $9.
Flavor of the month: Tacos that cost more than $15 As chefs with fine-dining backgrounds adapt classic cheap eats such as barbecue, Mexican, and burgers, the price tags get higher. If we want to eat tacos made with high-end ingredients in professionally designed spaces with liquor licenses, we’ll have to help subsidize the experience. Where to eat: The Painted Burro, 219 Elm St., Somerville. 617-776-0005. www.thepaintedburro.com. Chupacabra tacos, $21 or Chupacabra taco plate, $21.
On the rise: Tableside guacamole It used to be an unusual gimmick: A restaurant employee wheels a cart to your table and makes the dish in front of you, mashing ingredients together in a molcajete, a traditional mortar and pestle. Now, when an upscale Mexican restaurant opens, tableside guacamole is virtually guaranteed. Where to eat: Ole Mexican Grill, 11 Springfield St., Cambridge. 617-492-4495. www.olerestaurantgroup.com. Guacamole, $12.
PUT IT HERE
5 minutes ago: Put bacon on it Prevailing wisdom was “Everything’s better with bacon.” In everything from cocktails to chocolate desserts, there it was. Now bacon fever has cooled slightly, although it’s still true that many things are, indeed, better with it. Where to eat: backbar, 9 Sanborn Court, Somerville. 617-718-0249. www.backbarunion.com. Spicy caramel popcorn with bacon, $8.
Flavor of the month: Put an egg on it After bacon, then came the runny egg — poached, fried, cooked at low temperature in a water bath for a long period of time. Eggs can be found atop pizzas, salads, soups, burgers, and more. Where to eat: Russell House Tavern, 14 JFK St., Cambridge. 617-500-3055. www.russellhousecambridge.com. Crispy soft-poached Chip-In Farm egg, $7.
On the rise: Put it in a jar First it was drinks. Then it was desserts like butterscotch pudding. Now one can find just about anything served in a jar, from cured tuna belly to potato puree with mushrooms, crisp duck skin, and (yup) an egg to (wait for it) pickles. Where to eat: Olives, 10 City Square, Charlestown. 617-242-1999. www.toddenglish.com. Lobster toast with lobster-corn chowder in a jar, $15.
5 minutes ago: Creme brulee This French custard became the dessert equivalent of a snore. It rivaled molten chocolate cake for most over-served dessert in town. Where to eat: T.W. Food, 377 Walden St., Cambridge. 617-864-4745. www.twfoodrestaurant.com. Creme brulee foie gras “for my mentors,” $19.
Flavor of the month: Panna cotta This Italian dessert gets its jiggle from gelatin. Endlessly versatile, it appears flavored with honey, herbs, chocolate, citrus, red currants, even avocado. Where to eat: 80 Thoreau, 80 Thoreau St., Concord. 978-318-0008. www.80thoreau.com. Panna cotta with raspberry sorbet and pistachio macarons, $8.
On the rise: S’mores The ultimate campfire dessert, without the campfire. They come deconstructed, between house-made graham crackers, in milkshake and cupcake form, and more. Where to eat: West Bridge, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge. 617-945-0221. www.westbridgerestaurant.com. S’mores cup with chocolate panna cotta, marshmallow fluff, graham cracker crumbs, and miso syrup, $7.
THE NEW BLACK
5 minutes ago: Burgers Then.
Flavor of the month: Burgers Now.
On the rise: Burgers And forever. Burgers have always been beloved. Now burger joints are opening at an astonishing rate. And none of the restaurateurs seems concerned about flooding the market. Everyone will always want a burger. Where to eat: Flat Patties, 33 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-871-6871. www.flatpatties.com. Hamburger, $3.95.