As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from Meal of the Year to Top Standbys.Top Newcomers and Top Standbys dropped earlier, and all will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Thursday. On we go, in no particular order; all responses cut, pasted and unedited.
Q: 2009 in One Word:
Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News: Shitty.
Gabriella Gershenson, Food Editor TONY: Caloric
Steve Cuozzo, critic at the Post: Merciful
Ryan Patrick Sutton, restaurant critic Bloomberg: Colicchio
Kate Krader, restaurant editor Food & Wine: Meat (Aporkalypse).
Alexis Loinaz, Metromix: Jittery
Jeff Zalaznick, founder of Always Hungry: LaFreida
Steve Plotnicki, Opinionated About Dining: Tepid
Danyelle Freeman, Restaurant Girl: Burgers.
Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appetit: Survival
Josh Ozersky, future internet TV star: Torpid.
Jay Cheshes, restaurant critic for TONY: Italiano
Robert Sietsema, Village Voice critic: Scattered
Merri Lee Kinglsy, publisher of Saveur: Thrilling
Aaron Ginsberg, Always Eating: Comfort Food (technically 2 words)
Ben Leventhal: Casualvore
Pick a word, throw it in the comments.