As we put a cap on 2016, Eater surveyed a group of friends, writers, and all around experts for their take on the past year. We asked them eight questions: from top standbys to top newcomers, from best meals to restaurants they’ve broken up with. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the 2016. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Jackie Gutierrez-Jones (UrbanDaddy Miami): Ferran Adria Opens New Concept in Downtown Dadeland (If I put enough energy out in the universe, then maybe...)
Carla Torres (Ocean Drive):Donald Trump to Open Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Chain from Breaking Bad)...on Calle Ocho. Weirder things (like him becoming president) have happened this year, amiright?
Fasting is the New Eating (by yours truly)
Laine Doss (Miami New Times): Trump Administration Ends FDA Food Regulations, Causing Rampant Food Poisoning. (Literally Trump Will Make American Sick)
Giovanny Gutierrez (Chat Chow TV/Eater Miami Contributor): More neon.
Matthew Meltzer (Thrillist Miami): "Farm-to-table officially added to Webster's Dictionary of BS Terms"
"Obama now a 'fixture' at LIV, says Grutman"
"Trump's FDA Chief Announces Ingredient of the Year: Pesticides."
"Beach chefs tout new street-caught mahi after King Tide.'
Steven Scharf (The Chowfather): Robuchon Robuchon Robuchon!!!
Sara Liss (Miami.com): More vegan and vegetarian spots. More bowl-oriented places and better fast-casual healthy options. (Or at least, those are my hopes and dreams for Miami's dining scene in 2017!)