As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Best Standbys, Top Newcomers, Best Restohood, 2011 in One Word, Biggest Dining Surprises of the year, Single Best Meals, and Restaurant Breakups. Now, finally, Headline Predictions for 2012. Readers, feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.
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Q: Any headline predictions for the year 2012?
Allison Jones, Portland Monthly contributing food editor and Eat Beat blogger:
"Portland's Salt & Straw Expands to New York, Debuts Pok Pok Wing Ice Cream." / "Move Over Vegan and Gluten-Free, Here's Portland's First Breatharian Restaurant." And, if all goes as planned, "IN-N-OUT Coming to PDX!" Hey, a girl can dream.
Ben Waterhouse, editor, Willamette Week:
"The Oregonian Names Outback Steakhouse Restaurant of the Year"
Danielle Centoni, editor, MIX:
It's still a profoundly unstable world out there, plus it's an election year. I think we're still going to be craving comfort food, but hopefully we'll see chefs pulling from different cultures to keep things interesting.
Tony Perez, food editor, Portland Mercury:
"Nation Tires of Celebrity Chefs. Food Network sets its sights on expediters and food runners."
Michael Russell, restaurant reporter and critic, The Oregonian:
"Exploding Churros Strike Again"
Byron Beck, gossip columnist, radio and TV host, Eater contributor:
Comfort food is over. Mayan-ish flavors will start popping up on menus. Nate Tilden will rule the food world by finally opening a "service-centered" (read: very exclusive) restaurant.
Peter Szymczak, editor, NW Palate:
Gluten-dependent. / The sex lives of artisan gourmands. / There's no service like good service.
Brett Burmeister, chief food cart enthusiast, FoodCartsPortland:
Mike Thelin, Feast co-founder and Cooking Channel talking head:
Shameless self-promotion plug: Feast Portland will be awesome.
"Kurt Huffman Opens 25 New Restaurants, 12 Bars And One Haute Couture Men's Shop"