As 2012 comes to an end, we're surveying friends, readers, critics, and bloggers about the year in dining. Now, we ask people to predict what will make headlines in 2013. Readers, feel free to weigh in via the comments.
Ippudo in NYC: Will 2013 be the year ramen makes it big in Dallas? [Photo credit: Janice C./Yelp]
Q: Any dining world headline predictions for 2013?
Leslie Brenner, restaurant critic, Dallas Morning News: "Downtown will emerge as the hottest neighborhood for dining. Someone will open a sushi bar where the rice is seasoned properly and make a fortune. A clever chef will open a restaurant that elevates Tex-Mex classics (à la Josef Centeno's Bar Amá in L.A.) and it will be brilliant."
Kevin Gray, editor, UrbanDaddy Dallas: "God willing, Dallas finally sees a surge in ramen restaurants."
José Ralat-Maldonado, blogger, The Taco Trail: "In general, offal and by-catch will continue to gain greater acceptance. As for tacos and Mexican food, critics and diners will be on the hunt for establishments that make their own tortillas and offer regional treasures that challenge notions of authenticity (Gasp! A flour tortilla. What are they doing with that hot dog?). If only someone would get on the chapulines train."
Rich Vana, editor, Entrée Dallas: "Chili's Invents World's First Cheeseburger. No misnomer: New sandwich to replace bun with patty of fried, then grilled, cheese, and topped with a three-cheese blend in either Italian (mozzarella, provolone, asiago) or Mexican ('Mexican' blend cheese from Kraft). Lack of red meat makes new cheeseburger a heart-healthy option! $12.99."
Gavin Cleaver, barbecue blogger, City of Ate: "In Unexpected Sponsorship Deal, US Congress Becomes Pizza Hut Decision Place"; "Rick Perry Creates New Food Group - Brisket"; "New Hardline Immigration Laws Result In Mexican Food Shortage, Riots".
Whitney Filloon, editor, Eater Dallas: "Ed Bailey Gets Out of the Restaurant Business Altogether, Invests in Dubai Amusement Park"; "The Gastropub Bubble Bursts"; "Tanoshi Ramen Opens, is Fucking Awesome"; "People Sob with Joy at Cane Rosso White Rock Opening"; "Guy Fieri's Times Square Restaurant Closes, No One Cries"; "John Tesar Wins Top Chef, Everyone is Pissed".