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Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2011 in One Word

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 Best Standbys, Top Newcomers, and Best Dining Neighborhoods. Now it's time to describe 2011 in one word. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.

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Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch. [Krieger, 4/23/11]

Q: Describe 2011 in One Word.

Jay Cheshes, restaurant critic, TONY: Safe

Kate Krader, restaurant editor, Food & Wine: Resilient

Kim Davis, The Pink Pig: Fatty-Chain.

Josh Ozersky, columnist, TIME: Emasculated

Danyelle Freeman, Restaurant Girl: Curious

Chris Stang, Andrew Steinthal, Immaculate Infatuation: Clubby

Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News: haimische-chic

Robert Sietsema, restaurant critic, Village Voice: Chinatowns

Marc Shepherd, NY Journal: Improving. For the first year since about 2007, restaurateurs started taking risks. The jury is still out on a few of these places (e.g., Romera, Jungsik), but the fact they were willing to try is encouraging.

Josh Stein, senior editor, Departures: Sturm und Drang

Josh Beckerman, foodie magician: Magical

Greg Morabito, features editor, Eater NY: Smooth

Jordana Rothman, dining editor, TONY: Paunchy

Gabe Ulla, features editor, Eater National: Overrated

Lockhart Steele: Oysters.

Ben Leventhal: Negroni Bar

Travis Bass, promoter at Red Egg: Reinvention

Gabriella Gershenson, senior editor, Saveur: Eclectic

Scott Solish, nightlife editor, Eater NY: Sleepless

Amanda Kludt, editor, Eater NY: Nostalgic-chic

Ryan Sutton, restaurant critic, Bloomberg: #GLOBALFOODINFLATION

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