As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers to get a read on the highlights and lowlights of the last year of eating in San Francisco. We've already covered Best Standbys, Top Newcomers, Best Dining Neighborhood, 2012 in One Word, Biggest Dining Suprises, Restaurant Breakups, and Single Best Meals. Now let's shift gears to Dining World Headline Predictions for the coming year. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q: What are your dining world headline predictions for 2013?
Marcia Gagliardi, The Tablehopper: 1) San Francisco Is the World's Most Double-Baked City: Highest (Heh) Per Capita Concentration of Pot Dispensaries and Bakeries. 2) Gordon Ramsey Sent to Prison, Just for Being a Dick 3) Danny Bowien: No Reservations 2
Jesse Hirsch, restaurant critic, San Francisco Examiner: "Public Wearies of Food, Embraces Puzzles"
Anna Roth, food critic, SF Weekly: 1) Pop-ups and Food Trucks Outnumber Brick-and-Mortars 2) Korean Food Finally Happens 3) Washington [or Maine, or Vermont] Becomes First State to Pass GMO Labeling Laws 4) Small-Batch Chocolate is the New Coffee 5) Mission Chinese Food Jumps the Shark [only because there's bound to be a backlash to the current lovefest]
Paolo Lucchesi, Inside Scoop Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle: I think 2013 will be the year of Cecilia Chiang, and rightly so. Some other predictions: Tyler Florence will cook a State Dinner at the White House, Blue Bottle goes international, Pizzeria Delfina Walnut Creek, and Shake Shack San Francisco. Hey, we can hope.
Virginia Miller, food and drink correspondent, SF Bay Guardian: More beloved West Coast restaurants export knock-off versions to New York City.
Jonathan Kauffman, editor, Tasting Table SF: Something involving antioxidants, I'm sure.
Brock Keeling, editor, SFist: I predict fewer food headlines for 2013 or items regarding food equality (or lack thereof)
Grant Marek, Senior Editor, Thrillist: "America facing Edison bulb, reclaimed wood shortage"
Jane Goldman, VP and EIC, Chow: I predict...the return of the expense-account restaurant, a place that gets top dollar because it feels opulent and luxurious even if the food is only so-so.
Amy Sherman, Cooking with Amy: Noodles, noodles, noodles! Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and all handmade, we can't get enough.
Josh Sens, restaurant critic, San Francisco magazine: Mayan Prophecy Fulfilled: World Ends, but Tyler Florence Opens Three New Restaurants Anyway