As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of industry types, writers, and readers. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from Best Newcomers to Top Standbys. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Thursday. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein:
Does Austin have a big easy future ahead of it? [Photo: vxla]
Dining world headline prediction for 2011?
Rachel and Logan, Boots in the Oven: Austin takes a page from New Orleans, extending bar hours and legalizing brief strolls with an open container!
Ryan Adams, Nose to Tail at Home: Food carts take over the world!
Kay Marley, food writer: Pork belly falls from popularity (but doesn't disappear), while Gluten-Free dishes dominate the fine dining scene.
Austinist's food writer Tom Thornton: Sustainable and local where possible, but affordable.
Kristi Willis, Austin Farm to Table: Austin restaurants feature more locally sourced dishes
Erin McReynolds, food writer: Loads of People Show Up to Fill-In-The-Blank-Celebrity-Chef’s New Restaurant, Decide It Was a Huge Waste of Money
Natanya Anderson, Fete & Feast: Influx of new chef-driven restaurants takes Austin dinning to the next level.
Do feel free to add your own answers to the comments.