As we put a cap on 2019, Eater surveyed a group of friends, writers, and all around experts for their take on the past year. We asked them nine 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 2019. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Responses do not necessarily reflect the views of Eater and Eater Miami.
Amber Love Bond (Eater Miami contributor): Nonstop
Jenny Starr Perez (Indulge Miami): Omakase
Giovanny Gutierrez (Chat Chow TV/Eater Miami photographer): Pavlova
Curt “Big Daddy” Hollingsworth (Thrillist Miami): Bubbled
Becky Randel (Freelance restaurant writer): Underwhelming
David Rosendorf (Food For Thought): “Small-scale!” (Is it one word if it’s hyphenated?) OK, maybe it’s my own personal bias, and not all of the places that stood out in 2019 necessarily fit the description - but I’m rooting for a trend toward modest restaurants that don’t make a huge capital investment and instead focus on the food, drinks, service and vibe. One of the reasons Boia De is able to do its own thing and thrive is because it’s a modest, 28-seat space. Balloo is a world apart from the big box spots Timon has opened the past decade, and is a deeply personal project. I was happy to see this happening in 2019 and hope it continues.
Stacy Moya (Eater Miami Contributor): Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Virginia Gil (Time Out Miami): Omakase
Alona Martinez (Eater Miami Contributor): Instagrammable
Sara Liss (Miami.com): Foodstagrammers
Jennifer Agress (Freelance restaurant writer): ...surprising. (In a good way.)
Kelly Blanco (NBC 6): Progress
Olee Fowler (Eater Miami): Improving