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Food isn’t like music or movies. The hospitality business doesn’t obsess over every restaurant or bistro or pub that opens during any particular year; it doesn’t base its overall health on the success or failure of the newbies coming into the market. Restaurants, young and old, must complete against each other. In some ways, the older restaurants have it easier: They may already have a loyal clientele that doesn’t require expensive marketing to lure them back to the place.

I say all this as prologue. You don’t see as many Year in Food lists as you do lists for movies and music. And when you do see them, they tend to be trend oriented, like the one Chow posted earlier this month. Now come two more:

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