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 Top Newcomers to Meal of the Year . 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 restaurant(s) did you break up with in 2011?
The Chowfather, blogger: Lola's on
Harrison- moved back to the 305.
Frodnesor, blogger: I don't break up with them, they break up with me (close). This year it was American Noodle Bar.
Ryan Roman, blogger: I was never really in a committed relationship with Sugarcane, so I'm not sure we broke up. We flirted a little but let's be honest, I'm just not that into you. That being said, after a few drinks, you start to look good again. Call me.
Aaron Brooks, chef, Edge, Steak & Bar: All my favorite Boston haunts.... moving towns has left a lonely spot in my heart for Fried Clams.... :(
Shareef Malnik, owner/The Forge: A few--generally the restaurants in which the ambiance outweighs the food.
Dewey LoSasso, executive chef, The Forge: I never break up , just slowly fade away.
Ivo Mazzon, executive chef of Joey’s Italian Café: Big, fancy chain restaurants.
Richard Hales, chef/owner Sakaya Kitchen et al.: Michy's--they put a hit out on me.
Michael Bloise, executive chef SUSHISAMBAdromo: I quit going to this cool little noodle bar in the upper east side. Goofballs were making the meatballs.
Chef Jeremiah, gastroPod: Food truck roundups, no mas.
Jonathan Lazar, co-owner Sustain Restaurant + Bar: Red Light
Gabriel Fenton, executive chef Bourbon Steak: Steak 954 in Ft. Lauderdale. Had a terrible meal and bad service at 954. the restaurant was empty and it took 30 minutes to find someone for my check.
Louis Aguirre, anchor, Deco Drive: Sadly Joe Allen's, we'll miss you. Also broke up with Mr Chow.
Josh Marcus, chef/owner Chow Down Grill(s): Stopped going to Doraku. That place has gone downhill bigtime.