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Our Experts Predict The 2018 Restaurant Headlines

What does the future hold?

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Photo Credit: Giovanny Gutierrez/Chat Chow TV

As we put a cap on 2017, 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 2017. 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.

Amber Love Bond (Eater Miami contributor):

Food Halls Takeover Miami, Too Many Dining Options

XX Closed After Sexual Harassment Claims (let's hope not though!)

Nina Compton Comes Back To Miami (wishful thinking)

Miami Chef Wins James Beard Award

Evan Benn (Indulge Miami): [Not Another White Male Chef] to Open Miami's Most Anticipated New Restaurant

In Miami, there are women and people of color who are executive chefs and restaurant owners, but there ought to be more of them, and we in the media need to do a better job of bringing their voices into the conversation.

Giovanny Gutierrez (Chat Chow TV/Eater Miami photographer): Horse makes a comeback after the USDA removes the ban.

Becky Randel (The Daily Meal/People Magazine):

1. Food Hall Mania!

2. A bit unfortunately, there is a new handful of big-name, non-local chefs opening uber-fancy restaurants in the Design District, which will garner a lot of attention. Those are good for tourism, but we need balance, so I hope to be writing headlines about a group of smaller, more casual, yet high-quality/high-concept restaurants in other neighborhoods. Marcus Samuelson in Overtown may lead the charge.

Belkys Nerey (WSVN 7): Belkys Nerey gains 10 more pounds!

David Rosendorf (Food For Thought):

"50 Food Halls Open in Miami" - January 2018

"25 Food Halls Close in Miami" - August 2018

Matthew Meltzer (Thrillist Miami):

Sexual Harassment Claims at Hooters Rock the Restaurant World

Trump Tax Cuts Lead to Dozens of New Customers at South Beach Hotspots

Stacy Moya (Eater Miami Contributor): New cuts of meat and vegetable carb substitutes—thank goodness!

Virginia Gil (Time Out Miami): Blank food hall is now open! Award-winning chef x is coming to Miami! Miami is becoming a place for people to grow, experiment and even settle down, so we'll be seeing more trends find their place here (food halls, namely) and big names touch down in the Magic City (looking at you, Thomas Keller).

Carla Torres (Miami New Times):

Phuc Yea opens pho and banh mi concept (oh wait, that JUST happened)

Nina Compton Opens Restaurant in the 305 (a girl can dream, right?)

Jose Andres opens Spanish food hall.

Jeremy Ford nominated (and wins) Best Chef Southeast (fingers crossed).

Olee Fowler (Eater Miami): “People in Miami Become Sick of Food Halls Before 90% of Them Even Open” — I know I sure am sick of writing about them, and only like, one, has debuted so far.