Helen Yung, Sweet Republic co-owner
I think it'll be the year of gourmet food trucks. It started this year but will make a huge jump in 2011, with well-regarded restaurants joining the game.
Craig DeMarco, Postino owner
My short list: Multi-purpose spaces, sausage shops, pies, wine on tap, manuka honey and humble service staff.
Bernie Kantak, Citizen Public House chef-owner
It seems people here are broadening the spectrum of ingredients they are willing to give a try. I know many of my colleagues are already seeing this happen. There are some really great breeds of pork, like meishan and mangalitsa that are making appearances on menus around town already -- I personally would love to see more of it!
But I think the big thing will be late night dining. There are some places that are doing some really wonderful things around town like FnB, Posh and Petite Maison with their late night offerings. I can only see that trend growing. (Especially with Citizen opening up! HA!) I think more people are looking at dining as more of an experience and entertainment than they
have in the past, and honestly that really makes our jobs that much more fun!
Payton Curry, Caffe Boa chef
There will be a few more chef-owned gastropubs popping up. Let's say in the Arcadia area for example.
The uber-cheap happy hours around town will fade away. There will still be great deals, but prices will be higher. Gourmet "style" tacos, BBQ, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and mac 'n cheese will continue to be popular on menus. The bar is already set pretty high, but late night meals will be copied, especially since there was an article in the Republic. The cream has already rose to the top. I would hate to see it get watered down and all mixed up. That's why I don't do it. However, late night with guest chefs is a great idea to keep things fresh.
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