As 2012 comes to a close, it's time for blogs to reflect on what the last dozen or so months meant for people who read blogs. And despite all the countless top ten features and banal breakdowns, Eater's tastemaker's survey on what the best dining neighborhood of the year often stands out.
Suffice it to say, the list has historically been less about what neighborhood was best and more about piling the well-deserved accolades on the Mission. But 2012? Well, 2012's list is most definitely about the Mission, but it isn't the usual shower of compliments to which we're accustomed:
Josh Sens, San Francisco Magazine: Obvious to say, but the Mission
Brock Keeling, SFist: Anywhere but the Mission.
Jonathan Kauffman, Tasting Table: Clearly, this is the year when Valencia Street jumped the shark. No, really, people: OPEN YOUR DAMN RESTAURANT SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Yikes! Proposed restaurant moratoriums, now this? Some even went so far as to say, "fffffffff can't we just start eating in Bayview or something?" (I'm paraphrasing).
Does this mean 2013 is the year all the foodies declare the Mission "over" and move to Oakland or whatever?