In keeping with Eater tradition, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types and bloggers. In Minneapolis and St. Paul, Eater asked the group eight questions, ranging from the restaurants they frequent most to the biggest surprises of the year. We've come to the end and we are looking forward to 2016. Responses are in no particular order. Disagree? Agree? Who got it right? Take to the comments and let us know your pick!
Jess Fleming (Dining critic for the Pioneer Press):
God willing, The Lexington finally reopens so people can stop emailing and calling and basically just all-around stalking me about it.
Nancy Ngo (Food reporter for the Pioneer Press):
Fermented foods -- looking at you kimchi. Crudos. Kalettes. Gin drinks. No tipping.
Mecca Bos (Food Blogger and Dining Critic for City Pages):
“The great ramen invasion descends on the Twin Cities.”
“Korean fusion (and kimchee): what you want in your mouth right now.”
“Italian: everybody still loves it. Crudo? Meh.”
“Lots of places open, but lots of places close, too, and that’s sad.”
Jason DeRusha (Co-Anchor WCCO This Morning, MidMorning, resident food reporter with DeRusha Eats and newly named critic for Minnesota Monthly):
The Lexington Opening delayed after excavators Discover Jimmy Hoffa
Andrew Zimmern to Open New Restaurant in La Belle Vie Space
Kaskaid's Burger Burger Opens 12 new Locations
Better Food Than Target Field: The Vikings Score A Touchdown
Stephanie March (Senior Food Editor at Mpls./St. Paul Magazine)
The Lexington to open in 2017! … Tipping: Remember when we did that?
Joy Summers (Eater Minneapolis Editor):
More Historic Bars Get Much Deserved Restoration
Shake Shack Opens Minneapolis Skyway Outpost - [(sub hed) Eater Editor Finally Stops Trying to Spell That Shack Shake.]
That Restaurant You Always Meant to Get to, But Never Got Around To Will Close