As per tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they look into the crystal ball for 2017.
Tom Sietsema, food critic, The Washington Post: Donald Trump Takes a Bite out of DC
Nevin Martell, freelance food critic and cookbook author: Completing What Feels Like an 18-Year Journey, Matt Baker Finally Opens Gravitas in Ivy City
Food Poisoning at the Trump Hotel Provides Fitting Punishment for Guests Choosing to Eat There
Svetlana Legetic, founder, Brightest Young Things: Bon Appetit Snubs DC On The 10 Best New Restaurants List (jk). Also, maybe a jumbo slice tour of Trump's inauguration weekend. And just general longing for the Obama dining habits driving DC's restaurant culture.
Ann Limpert, food critic and editor, Washingtonian: President installs KFC in former White House garden
Vegan root-to-leaf butcher opens on H Street
The Columbia Room Will Create a Bespoke Cocktail out of Your Pet's Fur
Cori Sue Morris, co-founder, Bitches Who Brunch: “People finally care about the DC food scene” or “It’s all about Shaw”
Jessica Strelitz, freelance food writer: DMV restaurants yearn for the Obama years
Laura Hayes, food editor, Washington City Paper: Restaurateur Mike Isabella Announces He's Taking Over All Food and Beverage at Disney World
18th Century English Painter William Hogarth Comes Back to Life to Sue Spike Gjerde Over Restaurant Name, A Rake's Progress
Alessandro Borgognone Forced to Eat at Sushi Taro Until He Respects It
D.C. Lands Its First Noodle Shop Dedicated to Udon (PLEASE!)
Fill in the Blank Pulls Out of The Wharf.
Dan Silverman, PoPville (i.e. the Prince of Petworth): Well that's easy — Bad Saint will be robbed of a Michelin Star.
Jessica Sidman, food editor, Washingtonian: Still No Three Star Michelin Restaurants in DC
Waterfront Is The New Shaw
Defying All Reason, Sushi-Burritos Are Everywhere
DC's First Udon Shop Opens (this is my wishful thinking)
Stefanie Gans, food editor and critic, Northern Virginia Magazine: Tuna extinction expected sooner than predicted due to poke craze.
Jody Fellows, Burger Days/Falls Church News-Press: GrubHub Inks The Shaw Bijou to Multi-Year Delivery Deal
Tim Carman, The $20 Diner Columnist, The Washington Post: President Trump builds a wall, restaurant industry crashes
Maura Judkis, The Washington Post: "A New Yorker said something condescending about D.C. restaurants again" (Prediction applicable for any year.)
Eun Yang, NBC: With Chefs Erik Bruner-Yang and Spike Gjerde opening restaurants in The Line Hotel, I think Adam’s Morgan will see a shift in its dining scene. Mintwood Place was a God-send. Now people are clamoring to get into Tail Up Goat. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Rebecca Cooper, reporter and columnist, The Washington Business Journal: Probably more steak.
Becky Krystal, reporter, The Washington Post: I think the Wharf is going to be a big draw for diners – so much in one place. I’m also awaiting the breathless speculation of whether and when President-elect Trump starts hitting up local restaurants. And how much more restaurant growth can the city sustain?
Anna Spiegel, food editor, Washingtonian: Rabbit & Crane Opens in Shaw with Small Plates, Poke Bowls
Trump Sues DC [Fill in the Blank]