As we peak at 2021, Eater polled a group of friends, writers and experts from all walks of life to get their take on the past year. We asked them ten questions: from the best players on hold to the best newcomers, from the best meals to the restaurants they broke up with. Everything will be answered when we turn off the lights at the end of 2021. The answers are linked in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and (for the most part) unedited here. Answers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Eater and Eater Miami.
Alona martinez (Eater Miami Contributor): Outdoor dining spaces are a popular commodity these days, with more and more places promoting and valuing them. I can’t wait to take advantage of more patio spaces, especially at this time of year when the weather is nicer.
Gretchen Schmidt (Edible South Florida): Restaurants that create a welcoming atmosphere through great food and drink and the like. The Paradis B&B Collection of Borrow & Buy Books (Books & Bread) is designed to encourage conversation and critical reading. Los Felix in Coconut Grove uses the sounds of vinyl to create a nostalgic and modern vibe. And while farm-to-table shouldn’t be innovative, we’re happy to see more restaurants partnering with small farmers for fresh, local produce.
Amber love link (Eater Miami Contributor): I’m a big fan of the new outdoor spaces that have emerged.
Giovanny gutierrez (Cat Chow TV/ Photographer Eater Miami): NFT Recipes?!?…
Matthew Meltzer (Thrilling Miami): QR code menus must die in a horrific trash fire and spend the rest of eternity buried in a grave that can never be unlocked… oh, that was supposed to be something we were hoping for continued? Okay… uh… the increased alfresco dining options have been really nice, especially when paired with a nice paper menu.
Stacy Moya (Eater Miami Contributor): Continue socially distant tables, URL menus, antibacterial lotion on tables and straw although I really don’t like sipping my martini through a straw.
Juliana Accioly (Eater Miami Contributor): I enjoy how take out food from local restaurants has turned into something reliable and enjoyable.
Sara liss (Author of Miami cooks): Can we all agree that Jaguar Sun’s Sunny’s Someday Steakhouse “pop-up” has to be permanent?
Kelly blanco (CNB 6): I really like to eat out now! It has been fun watching restaurants get creative with their outdoor dining setups.