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Montreal Food Writers Predict the Headlines for 2015

Time to dust off the crystal ball.

"I see less grilled cheese sandwiches."
"I see less grilled cheese sandwiches."

As is tradition at Eater, we close the year with a survey of food critics, writers, and bloggers. This year we posed eight questions, from meal of the year, to top restaurant newcomers. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of 2014. Responses have been cut, pasted, and unedited, for the most part. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.

Q: What are your headline predictions for 2015?

Lesley Chesterman, The Gazette fine dining critic:
More restaurant closings, more struggles for restaurant owners, more restaurants challenged by construction.

Ève Dumas, La Presse food writer:
Less eating out. Restaurant closings. More casual dining.

Andrée Harvey, ex-Voir food critic:
Un plus grand intérêt pour les produits locaux et éthiques.

Marie-Claude Lortie, La Presse restaurant critic:
I think austerity will force restaurants to lower their prices. They might do it by using more plant ingredients, like vegetables and grains. Maybe they'll try to waste less food, be creative with elements that are otherwise discarded. I hope they will !

Gildas Meneu, Voir food critic, creator of le gourmet galopin blog:
Plus de restaurants dans le Mile­-Ex et dans Villeray, ce serait bien. Ahuntsic se révèle peu à peu comme un quartier très agréable. Côté tendances en restauration: le micro­local se confirme, les touches asiatiques dans les plats, la multiplication des condiments maison, des saveurs... et la présentation des plats se raffine toujours plus, car les chefs pensent à ceux qui prennent des photos ! (Même si ça ne leur plaît pas toujours...).

Sarah Musgrave, The Gazette casual dining critic, enRoute magazine editor:
This just in: Unthoughtfully curated, sea-urchin free meals served without house pickles in non-salvaged wood surroundings.