These 8 Food Orders Have Exploded In Popularity, According to New Data

During quarantine, diners replaced going out to restaurants with getting delivery and takeout from their favorite neighborhood spots and fast food joints.

So the delivery service GrubHub used data from more than half a million food orders placed through their app in the first six months of the year to find out which foods have grown in popularity during the pandemic. In other words, which foods have Americans turned to in a time of crisis? What have we been ordering to celebrate occasions and provide us with some much needed comfort? Read on to find out! (Related: This Is the Only One Way to Contract COVID-19 at the Grocery Store.)


Chicken sandwich

crispy chicken sandwich

Last year was the year of the chicken sandwich (and chicken sandwich wars!), but the popularity of this craveable sandwich has grown an additional 300{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} this year. Find out how Popeyes, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s have fared in producing America’s favorite version.


Vanilla shake

vanilla milkshake
vanilla milkshake

Vanilla shakes have grown in popularity by 273{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} this year. Who wouldn’t want to tack this creamy dessert-like treat onto their order during a time when we all need a little more childhood throwbacks in our lives? Here’s our list of Best Milkshakes in Every State in case you want in on the fun. And if you think ordering a shake for delivery seems like a messy ordeal, try making one at home using our Best Old-Fashioned Milkshake recipe.


Iced latte

iced latte
iced latte

During the pandemic, even coffee couldn’t get us out of the house. GrubHub recorded a 261{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} increase in orders of iced lattes, because they’re just as good at home as they are on the go. And if you’d rather make them yourself, use our guide to How to Make the Perfect Iced Coffee.



chili shredded cheese
chili shredded cheese

Aaaahhh chili, the classic food we can’t get enough of. Especially this year, when orders of chili have increased by 228{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed}. Make your own with our 23+ Best Healthy Chili Recipes for Weight Loss or try one of our favorite Supermarket Chilis.


Cinnamon roll

Cinnamon rolls
Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon roll orders increased by 205{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} this year, which further proves that people aren’t willing to give up their dessert just because they aren’t leaving the house (but really hate to bake).




A survey from June revealed that Mexican food was the number one type of cuisine Americans were craving during quarantine. It’s no surprise then that chimichangas were a much more popular order this year than last. GrubHub recorded a 195{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} increase in chimichanga orders. Here’s How to Lose Weight Eating Mexican Food.


Beef burrito

beef burrito
beef burrito

Ditto for the beef burrito—their popularity increased by 181{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed} this year. If you prefer making your own, try our Copycat Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito Recipe and fold it like an expert with these tips.


Potato taco

potato taco
potato taco

This may not seem like a go-to order at a Mexican restaurant, but potato tacos were up in popularity by 169{c33c21346ff5e26ab8e0ae3d29ae4367143f0d27c235e34c392ea37decdb8bed}. Here are The Unhealthiest Restaurant Tacos—Ranked, in case you’re wandering how to keep it light with tacos.

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