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, and it's time to wrap things up. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein:
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Q: And finally, dining world headline prediction for 2011?
Ben Waterhouse - Editor, Willamette Week: "Mirakutei Debut Turns Tragic as 17 Trampled in Ramen Rampage; Hero Hiro Saves Day with Sushi-knife Surgery"
Nick Zukin - Resident Fat-Ass Food Blogger & Restaurateur: Food cart bubble bursts.
Peter Szymczak - Editor, Northwest Palate: Dessert first.
Tony Perez - Restaurant Critic, Portland Mercury: How about: "You totally have to try Voodoo Donuts when you're in Portland! They're, like, Donuts!"
Mike Thelin - Writer, Brand Developer, Food-smart man about town: Food cart apocolypse.
Don Bourassa - Senior Community Manager, Yelp Portland: "Portland’s Food Cart Scene Reaches Critical Mass – Natural Selection Thins Ranks – Cream Rises To Top"
Karen Brooks - Dining Editor, Portland Monthly: Meat is not going away.
Byron Beck, Team Eater: Food trucks replace food carts, Via Tribunali will open, cupcakes replace doughnuts, bone marrow finally disappears from the menu.
Allison Jones, Team Eater: Vegetable takeover. We're going to see more and more vegetables, everywhere. People known for being the bloodiest of meat lovers will give the green stuff its due, with new high-end veg restaurants and more herbaceous offerings on the best menus. Also, regrettably, 2011 will be the year of the kitsch-tastic chocolate dirt dessert. Gird your loins.
Have your 2011 predictions ready? To the comments!
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