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, 2012 in One Word, Best Dining Neighborhood, Biggest Dining Surprises, Best Meals of 2012 and Restaurant Breakups. Now it's time for 2013 Headline Predictions. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
[Messhall by Elizabeth Daniels]
Q: Headline Predictions for 2013
Josh Lurie, Food GPS: Bill Chait Receives James Beard Award for Restaurant of the Year.
Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist: Jeremy Fox is cooking...somewhere. For real.
Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats: McDonalds Goes Organic and Loses Trans Fat to Stay Afloat.
Brigham Yen, DTLA RISING with Brigham Yen: The next hottest restaurant downtown in 2013 will be Spring at 3rd and Spring.
Esther Tseng, e*starLA: 1) Bone Luge Vending Machines To Pop Up at The Beverly Center 2) All the Rage: Amaro Beer Cocktails 3) The Specialists: Cafes, Food Trucks and Pop-Ups Go Micro.
Jason Kessler, Bon Appetit contributor: "Umami Burger Buys Entire City of Sacramento." "Seoul Becomes Center of the Culinary Universe." "Boy-Centric Easy-Bake Oven Explodes When Filled With Too Many GI Joes." "Anonymous Obnoxious Bleach-Blond Man Assaults NYT Food Critic Pete Wells."
Eddie Lin, Deep End Dining: Skin is in! Look for cracklin, chicharron, and rinds of all kinds from salmon to chicken and, obviously, pork on gastropub, gastrolounge and new American menus all across LA.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Cops Bust Up Massive Racketeering Operation run by Bloggers & Elite Yelpers.
Lesley Barger Suter, dine editor, LAmag: The Ten Best Restaurant-Slash-Meat Lockers. You say Salami, I Say Salumi. They're Baaaack: Big Plates! The Rise of the Almighty Vegetable.
Tony Chen, contributor, Eater LA: Roy Choi's new autobiography wins Pulitzer for fiction.
Matthew Kang, contributor, Eater LA: Foie gras becomes legal again in California! Worldwide interest in Filipino food spikes! World coffee demand and poor farming yields cause coffee prices to skyrocket!
Daniela Galarza, contributor, Eater LA: (Hopefully) The Los Angeles Times Brings the Star System Back to Restaurant Reviews.
Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: The Year of the Sandwich. Also, UmamiDog Launches Inaugural Location Inside SLS BH.