Santa Fe Steakburger at Steak n Shake
Steak 'n Shake's Santa Fe Steakburger features crispy tortilla strips.

Chefs play up texture

Menu trends analyst Nancy Kruse looks at the increase in crunchable items on menus. This article ran in the Dec. 17, 2012, issue of NRN. Subscribe today. 

A few years back, British modernist chef Heston Blumenthal, creator of such edgy fare as snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream, caused a bit of a culinary kerfuffle with his proposal to outfit diners with headphones so that they could hear themselves chew. Blumenthal believes that eating is a multisensory experience, with sound an overlooked contributor to dining pleasure. He’d certainly be heartened, then, by all the munching and crunching emanating from American restaurant

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