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 , and Best Meals of 2009 dropped already, 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.
Q: Headline predictions for 2010?
Lee Klein, restaurant critic/Miami New Times: As fad ends, gastro trucks refitted to sell soft ice cream. Eismann opens fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth restaurants in Design District. Short Order food blog made into major motion picture.
Jacquelynn D. Powers, writer: Gastro trucks are going to be the next big thing in 2010. These portable dining vehicles will provide Miamians with gourmet, on-the-go tacos, burgers, paninis and cupcakes in style.
Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink: Back to basics.
Jonathan Wright, The Setai: More share plates and communal dining. More authentic, fresh, local dishes. Value and genuine. "I really want to please" service. Upscale comfort food.
Frodensor, blogger: "Cheap New Burger Joint Opens!", "Expensive Steak House Closes!"
The Chowfather, blogger: Chef Schwartz battles Chef Michy in the finals of Top Chef Masters.
Seth High, da Campo Osteria: Hot Dogs Go Wild!! After the burger craze goes national and jumps the shark, the humble dog is the next logical step.
Chef Jeremiah, gastroPod: gastroPod