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Summing Up the Year in Food in One Word

Was the past year disheartening? Thai-riffic? Or just all about toast?

Daniel Krieger

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group eight questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. Their answers will appear throughout the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Please, add your answers in the comments.

Jordana Rothman, food writer and editor, cocktail expert: Instagram

Mitchell Davis, James Beard Foundation executive vice president: Sincere

Charlotte Druckman, food writer: Disheartening

Ryan Sutton, Eater NY restaurant critic/data lead: Risk. Or: Estela

Michael Kaminer, New York Daily News restaurant critic: Overpriced

Lan Larb interior

Lan Larb by Paul Crispin Quitoriano

Robert Sietsema, Eater NY restaurant critic: Thai – Thai cuisine with its powerful flavors moved into a position of prominence for the first time, at every level of the restaurant industry.

Erik Torkells, Tribeca Citizen founding editor: Burrata

Bret Thorn, Nation's Restaurant News senior food editor: Instagrammed

Darin Bresnitz, Snacky Tunes/Finger on the Pulse: Home

Hillary Dixler, Eater associate reports editor: #avocadotoast

Ben Leventhal, Resy co-founder; Eater co-founder: Resy

Danyelle Freeman, Restaurantgirl.com: Fusion

Toast

Nick Solares

Helen Rosner, Eater, features editor: Toast

Max Falkowitz, Serious Eats senior features editor: Toast

Devra Ferst, Eater NY associate editor: Instagram

Joe DiStefano, Chopsticks and Marrow/enabler of gluttons: Thai-riffic

Matt Rodbard, Food Republic contributing editor: RIP

Kat Odell, Eater editorial producer: Juicy

Andrew Steinthal, The Infatuation co-founder: Seahorse Sashimi (cheated, that's two)

Dimes interior

Dimes by Paul Crispin Quitoriano

Nick Solares, Eater NY senior editor: Consolidation

Chris Stang, The Infatuation co-founder: Apps-Not-Appetizers

Greg Morabito, Eater engagement editor: Insecure

Tejal Rao, Bloomberg restaurant critic: Greasy

Marguerite Preston, Eater NY editor: Vegetable-heavy

Foster Kamer, ComplexFirst We Feast senior editor: "Gornisht"

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