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What's the "it" cuisine of 2011?

Hey everyone,

A post to muse about what the new "it" cuisine of 2011 will be. Will New American continue to dominate, or will we get some more exotic offerings? Fusion, or not? Will bacon remain as the ingredient of the moment, or will there be a shakeup there, too?

I predict we'll start seeing a lot of gourmet Middle Eastern restaurants. It's a wonderful food cuisine that is generally underrepresented on these shores.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Gourmet Barbecue, or strip mall fast food Indian / Pakistani

      1. re: shaebones

        Interesting predictions. When I lived in Vancouver, there were tons of izakaya places and they were enormously popular. I've seen a lot of them open up in SF .... was wondering when they'd start spreading!

        1. re: shaebones

          Her take seemed more focus on flavors/techniques. I "get it" with the Japanese and Mexican, but come on, Devra, raw bars? Haven't we been here before?

        2. I live in Westchester NY and the Asian Fusion thing is all over, but most real foodies I know don't like those places. That being said, the fast food generation loves it. I also think Thai is becoming more popular in the Northeast. I hope Middle Eastern cuisines start jumping near me.

          Bacon will always be the IT thing! Although I'm seeing a trend towards spicy food, even in non-traditional spicy cuisines. A lot more cherry peppers and jalapenos popping up in dishes.

          Below Gordeaux mentioned Gourmet BBQ. While I think it is an oxymoron, when DB Bistro put short ribs on their burger, the stage was set.

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          1. re: jhopp217

            I don't know ... I don't remember bacon covered EVERYTHING a few years ago. Maybe I had bacon-blinders on, though.

            1. re: SouthToTheLeft

              Well a few years ago I agree you didn't see people making bacon and hot dog turtles, but I'd argue bacon was being used in tons of dishes other than just breakfast. For years at BBQ's we'd have bacon cheese burgers, bacon in salad, bacon wrapped dates, shrimp, scallops. I've always ordered bacon on chicken cutlet sandwiches. and of course, BLT's have always been a mainstay. Crumbled bacon on baked potatoes have also always been popular. I think more than ever, Pork in general has come to the forefront. it's not just sill commercials stating it's "the other white meat."

          2. I sure hope for Middle Eastern to become the new 'it' cuisine. I am really tired of Asian of any kind (the only restos opening up here).

            1. Middle Eastern always had a toe-hold here, but is now becoming big and even upscale. Thai and Vietnamese are already ubiquitous.

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              1. re: gaffk

                Thai is ubiquitous here as well. There's a running joke of sorts about Yet Another Thai Restaurant in an area where they already outnumber Chinese, Filipino, and Korean restaurants combined.

                I really wish Peruvian chicken joints would make it up to my neck of Florida.