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 Newcomers. 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.
Describe Miami's 2011 Dining Scene in One Word
The Chowfather, blogger: 86'd
Frodnesor, blogger: Expansion. Michael's Genuine, Pubbelly, Sakaya Kitchen all making big additions. Also, my waist.
Ryan Roman, blogger:Pubbellied.
Angelo Elia, owner/chef Casa D'Angelo: Transformations
Aaron Brooks, chef, Edge, Steak & Bar: Sustainability!
Geoffrey Zakarian, chef/owner Tudor House: Miami-wise, remarkable.
Mario Tolentino, chef de cuisine of BLT Steak at The Betsy-South Beach: Inspired
Shareef Malnik, owner/The Forge: Almost one word--Small plates
Miguel Aguilar, chef, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar: Traditions.
Dewey LoSasso, executive chef, The Forge: Tasty
Ivo Mazzon, executive chef of Joey’s Italian Café:Climbing.
Richard Hales, chef/owner Sakaya Kitchen et al.: Are you kidding? Foodtruck"...I have three I'm looking to sell.
Michael Bloise, executive chef, SUSHISAMBA dromo: Soy
Chef Jeremiah, gastroPod:Motherfucker
Jonathan Lazar, co-owner Sustain Restaurant + Bar: Progressive.
Gabriel Fenton, executive chef Bourbon Steak: Breakout
Louis Aguirre, anchor, Deco Drive: Gastropub.
Josh Marcus, chef/owner Chow Down Grill(s):Boring.
John Kunkel, owner Lime, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar: Exciting.