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 Top Standbys, Top Newcomers and 2013 in One Word, Best Dining Neighborhood, Biggest Dining Surprise, and Single Best Meal of 2013, and Restaurant Breakups. Now it's time for Headline Predictions for 2014. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
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Q: What are your headline predictions for 2014?
Josh Lurie, founder of Food GPS: Culver City Finally Lives Up to Culinary Hype.
Jonathan Gold, LA Times Restaurant Critic: Kelp: The Other White Meat
Daniela Galarza, Deputy Digest Editor at LAmag: An increasing number of restaurants opt to take payment and reservations in advance, instituting a ticketing system similar to that of a concert or theater production.
Kat Odell, Editor of Eater LA: Asian invasion.
Caroline Pardilla, blogger behind Caroline on Crack: Ludo and Matthew Biancaniello Collaborate on a Pop-Up, Foodies' Heads Explode.
Eddie Lin, blogger behind Deep End Dining: A new country is discovered. L.A. chefs team-up to create its national cuisine.
Matthew Kang, Associate Editor of Eater LA: Custom-built comfort foods like 800 Degrees will pervade more genres. Custom schwarma wraps (they're already doing this in Chicago), built-to-order pasta bowls, built-to-order chicken & waffles. Also, the cocktail backlash. People will start drinking wine again (not likely, but something I can dream of). Craft beer, on the other hand, isn't going anywhere, despite how fat beer makes you. Less out-of-town chefs opening restaurants and more local chefs taking their pop-up/underground game to the brick-and-mortar level. Will Craig Thornton (Wolvesmouth) please open an actual restaurant?
Tony Chen, Eater LA Contributor: R Choi and Kris K invents MexKorThai cuisine, opens Sunny Night in La Puente.
Esther Tseng, blogger behind e*star LA: Tasting Menu Pop-Ups Overtake Gastropubs. Pho Burger Sighting in Westminster. Lines Wrap Around Block for the Doughssaint.
Brigham Yen, blogger behind DTLA RISING with Brigham Yen: The next hottest dining neighborhood will be Chinatown.
Bill Esparza, blogger behind Street Gourmet LA: Latin and Asian cuisines will continue to rise and overtake the platform that has been held by European cuisines in the past here in the U.S. and internationally--they are the new standards. The Michelin Guide will go the way of the Thomas Guide. Regional Brazilian cuisine will take its rightful place as the 2nd most important Latin-American cuisine after Mexican. Chef Alex Atala will take the no. 1 spot on the Pellegrino 50 Best.
Randy Clemens, freelance food writer and author of The Sriracha Cookbook: "Paula Deen & Guy Fieri suffer massive simultaneous heart attacks during televised Crisco wrestling match"
"Monsanto successfully bribes last Congressman that had morals; civilization doomed"
"Irwindale allows Huy Fong Foods to start production of Sriracha again after finding no sign of chile odor near factory; Mayor erects giant bronze statue of David Tran in city center to apologize"
"Greenspan's Grilled Cheese finally opens; 3 out of every 4 patrons become sexually aroused simply by walking inside, study finds"
Zach Brooks, founder of Midtown Lunch: Jon & Vinny do Something New, Everybody in L.A. Follows Suit
Jeff Miller, Editor at Thrillist LA: "Bill Chait: What Doesn't He Have A Hand In?"
Maggie Nemser, founder of Blackboard Eats: Restaurateurs look to Lincoln Blvd. Citarella opens in LA (why on earth are there no large super gourmet markets in LA?)
Jason Kessler, blogger behind Fly&Dine and Contributor at Bon Appétit: "Jeremy Fox Tells Us What He Says"
"Juice Bars Busted for Relabeling Tropicana"
"Paula Deen's Big Comeback As Howard Stern's Co-Host"
"Jet Tila Named as Judge for Entire Food Network Line-Up"
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