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Restaurant Experts Offer Headline Predictions for 2015

As we put a cap on 2014, Eater surveyed a group of critics, writers, and all around experts for their take on the past year. We asked them eight questions: from Top Standbys to Top Newcomers, from Best Meals to Restaurants Broken Up With. All answers will be revealed—cut, pasted, unedited and unadulterated—by the time we pop the cork on 2015.

Will 15 openings be the magic number for Brendan Sodikoff in 2015?
Will 15 openings be the magic number for Brendan Sodikoff in 2015?
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Q: What are your headline predictions for 2015?

Michael Nagrant, RedEye: Homaro Cantu Announces Cannibal Cuisine Bistro in Wicker Park. Foodies Deem Next Tapas Unauthentic and a Middle Finger to Spain. Mike Sheerin and Scott Harris Unite to Open & Close Twelve Restaurants in Twelve Months. Tony Hu Opens Lao Viagra in the Gold Coast. Sodikoff Blamed for Singlehandedly Gentrifying Three West Side Neighborhoods by Signing New Restaurant Lease. Fried Chicken & Doughnuts Declared Officially Over. A Great Bagel Still Elusive in Chicago. J Lo and Billy Dec Collaborate on New Pan-Latin Restaurant Ay Papi! Foodie Couple Demand Their Chihuahua Be Served at Grace After Dogwalker Cancels at the Last Minute.

Melissa McEwen, ChicagoistMore Toast

Mike Gebert, Reader: River North Adopts Italian as Official Language

Penny Pollack, Chicago Magazine: Gridlock ends in Washington: Everyone reaches across the aisle to enforce noise control in restaurants

Sarah Freeman, Zagat: Donuts, Burgers and Fried Chicken Continue to Dominate Diets

Amy Cavanaugh, Time Out ChicagoEclairs! (A girl can hope.)​

Chandra Ram, Plate: I think 2015 is going to be all about Hyde Park, Bridgeport and Pilsen. Great stuff happening there.

Chris LaMorte, UrbanDaddy: Oh, gosh. Who knows. The only things in life one can really count on: death, taxes, and 15 more Brendan Sodikoff restaurants.