Eater concludes the year by surveying local food experts (editors, writers, reporters, and a select few) about the likes, dislikes, and surprises of their meals over the past 365 days. It’s a tradition. Today, our panel looks at our biggest expectations for restaurants in 2024. Have any thoughts you’d like to share? Feel free to add them in the comments.
Stephanie March, Food & Dining Editor Mpls. St. Paul Magazine
We will continue to support initiatives from small to big, leveling the hype and enabling the next generation of cooks to take ownership so our food world can grow organically. That’s it. It means that everyone should stop doing things that are no longer useful.
People will stop thinking of restaurants as ego projects whose sole purpose is to increase their own personal profile. Restaurants can be an opportunity for change. Let’s take a deeper look at what we all do as food professionals and why.
Em Cassel, Racket Editor and Co-Owner
More sandwiches! Better sandwiches!
James Norton, Editor and Co-Founder of the Heavy Table Newsletter
I believe that more and more restaurants are being opened by second- and third-generation Asian, East African, and Mexican people, making the atmosphere and menu inclusive and welcoming, while keeping their culinary roots strong. I want to see it go. Paul, who knows Minneapolis-St. Paul well, talks about dining at University, his Avenue Southeast Asian spots and his East Lake street taquerias, Somali and Ethiopian food throughout the metro. The more we all embrace, celebrate and recognize this regional superpower, the better our food culture will be. It will be.
Golnaz Yamoutpour, Founder @eat Drinkdish
My biggest wish for local restaurants in 2024 is to be free from all this inflation. As a consumer I understand that eating out is becoming increasingly expensive and that it prevents people from supporting their local communities. I started Eat Drink Dish to support local businesses, and it’s been interesting to see how the dining scene has evolved over the past decade.
Natalia Mendez, freelance writer and Eater Twin Cities contributor
Thoughtful, elegant mocktails and expanded options beyond hopped water. I’m curious and excited to see how cannabis legalization will impact the local dining scene.
Stacey Brooks, freelance writer and Eater Twin Cities contributor
It will make things a little easier for those who are committed. The pandemic, staffing issues, inflation. It’s been a really tough few years. We hope to see further stability in 2024.