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Denver Dining Headline Predictions for 2019

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Market hall saturation, regional food trends, and fever dreams of In-N-Out Burger

Denver Milk Market is the city’s latest food hall, but a handful are planned to open in 2019
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Following an Eater tradition, we asked a group of Denver restaurant writers, journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Their answers to the annual “Year in Eater” survey are revealed in several posts this week. Last but not least, the experts share their headline predictions for 2019.

Allyson Reedy, contributor, The Denver Post: “Stop the food halls!” “Maybe we have enough French restaurants now” “Can In-N-Out get here already?”

Ruth Tobias, freelance food and wine writer, multiple outlets: More a wish list than a prediction of things to come: How about some more Portuguese, Turkish, Afghani, and regional Indian and Thai cuisine? Always rooting for greater breadth, more diversity.

Brittany Werges, Editor-in-Chief, 303 Magazine: Meow Wolf Launches an Immersive Restaurant — because they are doing everything in Denver nowadays (hello, Elitch Gardens). Denver is Now One Giant Food Hall — there are going to be so many more in 2019!

Linnea Covington, freelance writer, Westword: I predict dumplings will be the new ramen, or at the very least more quick-serve dumpling shops will pop up. I also feel like we can expect even more BBQ concepts.

Callie Sumlin, Associate Food Editor, 5280: I hope we’ll see continued efforts to reduce food waste and to improve the lives of folks in the food industry, from farmworkers to line cooks.

Gigi Sukin, Digital Editor, ColoradoBiz Mag: More out-of-state chefs are going to move operations into Denver.

Morgan Carter, Managing Editor, DiningOut Magazine: More marketplaces, apparently.

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