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 the unusually succinct description of the city's dining scene in one word. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein.
What was the best dining neighborhood in Miami in 2010?
Ryan Roman, Digester-in-Chief, Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings: MiMo/Upper Eastside/Biscayne Corridor. I'm not convinced that the Design District is still the epicenter of the food universe (even though there was near universal agreement in last year's survey). The Biscayne Corridor has great variety (Michy's, Red Light, American Noodle Bar) and I like that I can walk into a cheap motel and demand quality food. Sometimes I get it and other times I'm in for a big surprise.
Belkys Nerey, news anchor, WSVN-7: Wynwood/Design District area. It seems there is always something new popping up.
Jose Duran, Web Editor/MiamiNew Times: Midtown/Wynwood.
ErGagit, blogger: Midtown.
The Chowfather, blogger: Midtown.
LAX2MIA, ex-blogger and self professed Guy That Despises Sucky Food and the People That Like It: Midtown/Design District.
Paul Castronovo, host of the Paul and Young Ron show/owner of Castronovo Vineyards: Would have to be Miami Beach. Within blocks, I can get the best steak in South Florida, the best Stone Crabs and Key Lime pie anywhere, the finest Asian cuisine, and a Giant meatball!
Frodnesor, Food For Thought blogger: Midtown.
Maria Argüello, Senior Community Manager, Yelp Miami: Midtown/Design District/Buena Vista East.
Eleanor Hoh, Wok Star cooking teacher: Surfside because of Chow Down Grill.