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; all will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the week. We've already heard about everyone's Favorite Newcomers and Restaurant Standbys. Now, here's another one: Describe 2012 In One Word. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut and pasted herein.
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Jessica Voelker, Online Editor, Washingtonian: Masonjar. That's one word, right?
Jeff Dufour, UrbanDaddy: Reclaimed
Missy Frederick, editor, Eater DC: Taylor-ed
Jenny Rogers, former Yeas and Nays columnist and City Paper editor: Obama ate here (I know that's three words)
Jamie Liu, AskMen writer and Eater contributor: Expansion. A ton of restaurant groups made plans to grow like crazy - Geoff Tracy, Ashok Bajaj, Jeff Buben, Neighborhood Restaurant Group, and of course, Top Cheffers Bryan Voltaggio and Mike Isabella.
Michael Martinez, producer, the Kojo Nnamdi Show: Oysters
Michael Birchenall, editor and founder, Food Service Monthly: Oysters? probably ate more oysters this year than any other in my life ? traveled to oyster locations like Chesapeake Gold on the Maryland Chesapeake side in
Fishing Creek, Md. to the Gulf Coast processing plant Bon Secour in Alabama, to the Eastern Shore Virginia where at Cherrystone Aqua Farms I ate oysters standing in the Bay in the middle of their farmed oyster beds to my absolute favorite Sewansecott from H.M. Terry in Willis Wharf, Va. ? around town, I like the Rappanhannock River Oyster offerings from Travis and Ryan Croxton at Union Market as well as Hank's Oyster Bar Capitol Hill, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Old Ebbitt Grill...
Eun Yang, NBC4: Filling
Jennifer Nycz Conner, The Back Page, WBJ: Beer
Leo Schmid, Thrillist: Fast
Tim Carman, food writer, The Washington Post: Big boy pants (Sorry, I never hit my word count.)
Jessica Sidman, Young & Hungry Columnist: Relentless
Stefanie Gans, food critic, Northern Virginia Magazine: Mason jars
Mary Kong-DeVito, Girl Meets Food: Explosive
Erin Hartigan, Senior National Editor, CityEats: Ramen
Svetlana Legetic, publisher, Brightest Young Things: Creamy
Nycci Nellis, founder, TheListAreYouOnIt: Spicy
Tom Sietsema, Food Critic, The Washington Post: Cautious