Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In 2014, we have an answer to that question. According to Restaurant.com President and CMO Christopher Krohn’s 2014 Food Trend Predictions, eggs will play a leading role on restaurant menus in the year ahead.

Eggs are all natural and packed with a number of nutrients.

One egg has lots of vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants, all for 70 calories. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. At less than 15 cents apiece, eggs are an affordable and delicious meal option.

The protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food. The high-quality protein in eggs provides the mental and physical energy families need for important days. 

Eggs are exceedingly versatile, and we’re not just talking about scrambled, fried, poached or sunny-side up. Eggs have been basic kitchen staples for years, but got a bad rap after years on the “unhealthy” list due to high levels of cholesterol. Fortunately for yolk-loving diners, that theory has flown the coop: recent researched has revealed that cholesterol may not be as bad as previously thought, opening restaurants up to experiment.

Long relegated to the breakfast menu, take a moment to look and you’ll notice eggs are everywhere, from lunch and dinner to drinks. Here are some of our favorite dishes for diners looking to get a taste of this trend:

Add a Dash of Protein – Eggs pack plenty of protein, and can be sprinkled into dishes like stir fry and salad to give a meal some extra substance. Some entrees, like Korean Bibimbap, Chilaquiles and even some pasta creations count eggs as their key ingredient rather than meat.

Eggs in Drinks – It might not sound appetizing, but raw egg whites are back at the bar. Prohibition-style bars are trending of late, and egg whites are used to add texture, volume and froth when shaken into beverages.

Eggs are healthy, convenient, and very versatile!  So we say ‘YAY!’ to this 2014 trend!