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, 2009 in One Word , Biggest Dining Surprises , Best Meals of 2009 , and Headline Predictions dropped already, and we now present the final question in our year-end wrap up. On we go, in no particular order; all responses cut, pasted and unedited.
Sra. Martinez, in this year's indisputably hot dining 'hood
Q:What was the best dining neighborhood of 2009?
Chef Jeremiah, gastroPod: Design District
Seth High, da Campo Osteria: I’ve really been getting to know South Florida, so I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the Design District, Michael’s, Fratelli Lyon, Sra. Martinez, etc.
The Chowfather, blogger: Design District
Frodensor, blogger: Design District
Jonathan Wright, The Setai: Biscayne US1 from Michy's to Anise and Miami Beach during South Beach Food & Wine Festivfal
Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink: Design District
Jacquelynn D. Powers, writer/foodie: Certainly going to the Design District. Whether it was for Michy's, Michael's Genuine or Pacific Time, this was the go-to neighborhood for innovative, fun dining. I can't wait for Jonathan Eismann's two new restaurants to open in the DD.
Lee Klein, restaurant critic/Miami New Times: Tie: Design District/Sunset Harbor in South Beach