As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Top Newcomers, Top Standbys, Best Dining Neighborhood, 2011 described in one word, Biggest Dining Surprises, Best Meals, and Restaurant Breakups. Now, Dining Headline Predictions for 2012. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q: What are your dining world headline predictions for 2012?
Josh Lurie, Food GPS: Foie Gras Speakeasies Spring Up in California as Scofflaws Flout Liver Prohibition. East Coast Bias Bites the Dust as Food Lovers Figure Out The West Coast is the Best Coast.
Lonny Pugh, LA editor, Urban Daddy: Food Truck Goes Brick-and-Mortar On Wheels. Michael Voltaggio's ink. Tattoo Gets a Tattoo. Spacecraft Designs New Kale Bar in Echo Park.
Lindsay William-Ross, LAist: In my dream world: "Ban on Foie Gras Repealed in California!" "Eating Local, Real, Non-Processed Food is Not Elitist!" "Red Bull and Vodka is Not a Cocktail!" In all sincerity, though, I think we can expect to see a continued rise in popularity of more "homespun" approached to food, like pickling and preserving. Restaurants having gardens on site. People caring about where their food comes from.
Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly: Truck Bites Man.
Hadley Tomicki, LA editor, Grub Street: Roy Choi and Animal Unite on Reseda's First Medical Marijuana Pop-Up Restaurant.
Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist: Third-World Country Re-Names Itself "Umami-Land" in Search Of High-End Food Tourist Dollars.
Lesley Barger Suter, dine editor, LAmag: What Meat WON’T They Eat? (Time to lock up Fido.)
George Abou-Daoud, restaurateur, Bowery Street Enterprises: Burger trend continues. Doesn't matter what city, what street or who's opening it ..burgers are forever popular. Burger places are always praised for their genius and nouvelle takes on burgers, but they're burgers. It's simple - burgers sell. From In 'N' Out to Five Guys, Fathers Office to Short Order, McDonald's to Burger King, The Counter to Umami, Juicy Burger to Stout, It doesn't matter. You open a burger place - you'll do well . no magic formula.
Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: The Hump Stages Comeback With Underground Pop-Up Serving Foie Gras and Shark Fin.
Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats: The Meatball Shop Hits LA, Goin-To-Go Opens, Gjelina Has Reservations at 8, The Spotted Adria Truck Opens, Serving Molecular Gastro-grub. Jamie Oliver Occupies Animal, Wurstkuche Changes Name to Sausage b/c Employees Can't Pronounce, Posh Punches Intelligentsia Barista For Not Serving Skim.
Daniela Galarza, associate editor, Eater LA: Marketplace-Cafes On Every Corner.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Get $72 worth of Groupon Stock for Just $12. Click here to buy.
·Year in Eater 2011 [~ELA~]