How about a year end wrap-up? Name your city and your candidate for the most important chowhoundish discovery there in 2008 (or 07, since we didn't have a list for last year AFAIK). Don't forget an explanation. I'll start:
City: Columbia, SC
Chowfind: Heather's Artisan Bakery. I believe that her business got up and running in 2007, but it really did not take off until this year, so I am counting it for this year, alright? In my view, her breads are the most important culinary achievement for Columbia, SC in recent years. This says something about Columbia (there were no truly good local bread bakeries), but don't let that detract from the quality of her breads. They are great. As I've said before, her ciabatta is one of the best breads I've ever tasted. That said, I will say that more bakery competition would be welcome in Columbia, so bakers if you are out there do not be daunted by Heather's success: you, too, could help satisfy the bread-hungry masses.