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Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2011 in One Word

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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~]


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