The 16 Biggest Moments in Restaurant Culture Since 2000

February 10, 2016

Our March issue explores how food has become such a thing. Like, the thing. Much of that has to do with the fact that millennials are spending more money eating out than any generation before. So how did we get to this Instagram-fueled, fried chicken-crazed, I-wear-hoodies-to-dinner culture? These 16 moments define the new restaurant culture that’s popped up since 2000.

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