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