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The Biggest Dining Surprises of 2009

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from Meal of the Year to Top Standbys. Top Newcomers, Top Standbys, and 2009 in One Word dropped earlier, and all will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Thursday. On we go, in no particular order; all responses cut, pasted and unedited.
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One of the most ubiqutious, and most surprising signs in an abysmal economy
Q: What was the biggest dining surprise of 2009?
Frodnesor, Blogger: Several new openings despite a down economy.
Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink: The amount of new restaurant openings in a poor economy.
Chef Jeremiah, gastroPod: The street food scene.
Lee Klein, restaurant critic/Miami New Times: Steak houses and pork bellies still going strong.
The Chowfather, blogger: Burgers and pizza reign supreme.
Jacquelynn D. Powers, foodie: Despite the recession, people were still dining out in droves in Miami. The dining rooms of South Beach's hotspots were indeed jammed packed with beautiful chowhounds. In fact, I heard some restaurants were actually up in business this year.


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