As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Top Newcomers, Top Standbys, and Best Dining Neighborhood. Now it's time to sum up 2011 in one word. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q: Describe 2011 in One Word.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Voltastic?
Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats: Ethnicpubfood
Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist: Fattening
Yassmin Sarmadi, restaurant owner, Church & State: Fun
Lesley Barger Suter, dine editor, LAmag: Overhyped. I don’t mean to be negative but really: Ink. Sotto, Picca, Son of A Gun—they could barely live up to the pre-opening frenzy. Each week, it seemed, was another “biggest food festival ever.” Forty-five minute lines for sandwiches. It was all a bit much. Delicious! But a bit much.
Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: Casual
Lonny Pugh, LA editor, Urban Daddy: Roving
Wolfgang Puck: Exciting
George Abou-Daoud, restaurateur, Bowery Street Enterprises: Flavfort (Flavor with Comfort)
Daniela Galarza, associate editor, Eater LA: Sustainable
Hadley Tomicki, LA editor, Grub Street: Charcute-beer
Lindsay William-Ross, LAist: Beer
Josh Lurie, Food GPS: Mid-Range
Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly: Shareplate
Stephane Bombet, restaurant partner, Picca and Mo-Chica: Awakeness
·Year in Eater 2011 [~ELA~]