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Philly Food Writers Predict the Restaurant Headlines for 2020

Prognosticating next year’s food trends

greek salad with pepper shaker and container of spices
New trend alert: plant-based salads

For our end-of-year tradition, Eater Philly asked a group of food writers to weigh in on the local restaurant scene over the past year. They looked back on their favorite new restaurants, the tried-and-true standbys they return to again and again, the best dining neighborhoods, the biggest complaints, and more.

Now it’s time to look forward. The question: What are your headline predictions for 2020?

Alex Tewfik, food editor at Philadelphia magazine: Urban Outfitters Realizes Mistake, Sells Pizzeria Vetri Back to Marc Vetri

Regan Stephens, food and travel writer for Food & Wine, Fortune, and Lonely Planet: Philly’s Newest Fast-Casual Spot Specializes in Plant-Based Salads. Or, Independence Hall Will Soon Be Home to the World’s Biggest Wawa.

Kae Lani Palmisano, Host of WHYY-TV’s Check, Please! Philly (airs January 9) and contributing food & travel editor for USA Today 10Best: Breakfast for Dinner Is the New Brunch!

Sarah Maiellano, food and travel writer for Eater, the Philadelphia Inquirer, James Beard Foundation, Edible Philly, and USA Today: South Street West Heats Up With New Bottle Shops and Restaurants. Also, more bottle shops in general. Down with antiquated liquor laws and crappy state store selections! I think we’ll see more bars with playgrounds too, à la Craft Hall.