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Restaurant Gurus on Local Headline Predictions for 2016

As is tradition at Eater, we close out the year by surveying local food writers on various restaurant-related topics, and we'll be publishing their responses throughout the week. Readers, please feel free to share your thoughts below. Our final question for the panel: What are your headline predictions for 2016?

Lyudmila Zotova

Frank Sabatini, Jr., San Diego Community News Network: Everything will be served on cookie tins. Hifalutin tacos will continue adding rank to our culinary identity while San Diego becomes the nation’s top breeding ground of television food personalities. And…the growing bumper crop of vegetarian/vegan restaurants are here for the long run.

Michael Gardiner, San Diego CityBeat: "Neighborhood restaurant opens and succeeds without big-name chef and big-budget build-out."

Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune: "Liberty Station, and especially Liberty Market, become the new center of San Diego’s culinary universe." "Baja star Drew Deckman gives Javier Plascencia a run for his wood-fired money." "10,000 more excellent, authentic and supremely crowded Asian restaurants open on Convoy."

Amy T. Granite, Discover SDI predict that fried chicken, ramen, gourmet tacos and barbeque will all frequently pop up in 2016’s food journalism headlines.

Barbarella Fokos, San Diego Reader: "Starting in February, Amazon Prime Now will deliver actual chefs within two hours to cook in your home."

Darlene Horn, Zagat: "Restaurants reinvent the Big Mac"