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San Diego's need for burritos skyrockets in the winter, study says

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 17:20:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Whether its the search for something warm or just a turn to the comforts of home, this past winter gave San Diegans more pause for certain cuisines.

Food ordering platform Grubhub looked at food delivery trends from Dec. 22, 2018, to March 13, 2019, to analyze San Diego's winter food trends by users compared to the rest of the year.

Leading the pack were bean burritos saw a 362 percent increase in popularity during that time span, more than 100 percent more than the next most popular dish, according to Grubhub.

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Gyro wraps experienced a 258 percent increase in orders, while vegetable ramen orders shot up 222 percent. Chicken wraps (165 percent increase) and chow mein (157 percent increase) rounded out the top five menu items.

The "science" could correspond with winter's below average temperatures — and perhaps the heavy rains. Many of the most popular items ordered were soups.

Heading into spring, the app went further and looked at orders over the spring 2017 and 2018 to predict what San Diegans would likely order. Pad thai, cheese pizza, garlic naan, yellow curry, and California burritos led the way.

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But we all know California burritos are in bloom year-round here.

Check out Grubhub's full winter foods trends below:

1. Bean burrito: 362 percent increase in popularity
2. Gyro wrap: 258 percent increase in popularity
3. Vegetable ramen: 222 percent increase in popularity
4. Chicken wrap: 165 percent increase in popularity
5. Chow mein: 157 percent increase in popularity
6. Chow fun: 182 percent increase in popularity
7. Chicken katsu curry: 109 percent increase in popularity
8. Shoyu ramen: 104 percent increase in popularity
9. Wonton noodle soup: 102 percent increase in popularity
10. New England clam chowder: 96 percent increase in popularity