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LA Food Writers Offer Top Restaurant Headline Predictions for 2020

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Welcome to Year in Eater, an annual review of some of the best and notable openings and restaurant news that took place in Los Angeles over the past year. Eater LA asks writers, editors, and food luminaries to pitch in to help summarize the incredible year in dining that was 2019. Here now, LA food writers and editors try to predict the big stories for next year in headline format.

Gary Baum, features writer and restaurant critic for The Hollywood Reporter

Pizza will remain strong. People always love pizza.

Kristie Hang, Eater LA contributor

The addition of healthier Asian dining options and more international Chinese brands bringing their franchises to Los Angeles.

Andy Wang, writer, Food & Wine

Three-Michelin-Starred Swedish Chef Opens L.A. Restaurant

Vegan Hot Chicken Does Not Need to Be a Thing That Exists

Travis Lett Tells All (just kidding, this won’t ever happen)

Hadley Tomicki, LA Times contributor

Mukbang Is Murder.

Oren Peleg, LA food writer

The rise of the anti-Instagram restaurant.

Joshua Lurie, FoodGPS founder

Big Tech Boom Finally Unlocks Culver City Culinary Potential

Bill Esparza, Eater LA contributor

The same as last year. Chef Enrique Olvera Helps Los Angeles Mexican Cuisine Dominate the Culinary Landscape.

Esther Tseng, LA food writer

Wellness and Food Industries Continue to Diverge

Consuming Impossible Meat Worse For Your Heath and Environment Than Simply Eating Less Meat

Diners Continue to Lie About Food Allergies

Minimum Wage Raises Put Restaurants Out of Business

Los Angeles’ Bagel Game Catches Up To Its Pizza Game

Stephanie Breijo, Time Out LA editor

“Every pop-up you love is getting a restaurant this year” (maybe just wishful thinking).

Mona Holmes, Eater LA reporter

It’s possible that I got one right from 2018, “Long Beach Now Has More Breweries Per Capita Than Any U.S. City.” And while that’s not entirely true, LBC is teeming with breweries in 2019.

I’ll recycle the following for 2020:

Governor Newsom Signs Late Night Bar Bill, Making Last Call at 4 a.m.

Cathy Chaplin, Eater LA associate editor

Rising Cost of Dining Out Dismays Price-Conscious Consumers

Farley Elliott, Eater LA Senior Editor

Diversify or Die: How LA’s Restaurants are Switching Things Up to Survive

Matthew Kang, Eater LA Editor

Kanye Opens Church-Themed Brunch Restaurant

Turns Out Most Restaurant Lose Money. Why Do More of Them Keep Opening?

Restaurants Segment Into Day-Only or Dinner-Only Because of $15 Minimum Wage