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The Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2009 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. 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.

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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

Zach Brooks, mayor of Midtown: Vendrification.

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

Foster Kamer, Blackbook and Gawker scribe: Equalizing.

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

Steele: Miserly

Kludt: Recalibrating

Pick a word, throw it in the comments.

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