Dec 9, 2022 - Things to Do

“Halal white sauce” was Charlotte’s top recipe on Google in 2022. We see you, Halal Cart lovers

Halal street food. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

The Charlotte area was the only place in the U.S. that had “halal white sauce” as its top trending recipe in 2022.

That’s according to Google’s just-released Local Year in Search data.

Why it matters: This Google data provides a glimpse into what we care most about, what we’re most curious about and what makes us tick the most.

  • Looking at Charlotte’s search results, it’s clear we care about gas prices, remote work, working out, live music, and, interestingly, Easter egg hunts, among other topics.

Zoom out: Maybe the fact that we searched for “halal white sauce” so much underscores our love for Halal Street Food. Their wildly popular food cart has been a mainstay on North Tryon for years. The family behind the cart opened a restaurant last year off Monroe, as Axios’ Laura Barrero reported.

chicken gyro halal street food
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Other notable local searches from 2022:

  • The Charlotte area searched for “driving range near me” more than anywhere else in the U.S.
  • The American robin was our area’s top trending animal.
  • Of the four places that had “work-from-home jobs” as a top trending “near me” search, the Charlotte area searched for it the most. The other areas were Detroit, Roanoke and Eau Claire (Wisconsin).
  • Rap was our most-searched music genre.

Top 10 trending “near me” searches in the Charlotte area were, in this order:

  1. Easter egg hunt near me
  2. Power outage near me
  3. Gas prices near me
  4. Pilates near me
  5. Cheap gas near me
  6. Driving range near me
  7. Prom dresses near me
  8. Estate sales near me
  9. Concerts near me
  10. Work from home jobs near me

Elsewhere in North Carolina:

  • The “Raleigh-Durham” area was the only place in the U.S. with “comedy shows” as its top trending “near me” search.
  • Of note: Raleigh and Durham are two separate metros, Google. Raleigh-Durham is the airport.
  • Aperol spritz was the top trending recipe in Asheville.
  • The Greensboro area was the only place in the U.S. that had “blue jays bird” as its top trending animal.
  • Wilmington’s most-searched recipe was “applesauce raisin oatmeal cookies.” Locals searched for it more than anywhere else in the U.S.
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