As per tradition, we've asked a group of journalists, bloggers and friends of Eater to weigh in on the year in food. Yesterday, folks shared their favorite restaurant newcomer, as well as their go-to standbys. Up next: Describe 2014 in one word (at least in terms of D.C.'s dining scene).
Michael Birchenall, editor of Food Service Monthly: More!
Svetlana Legetic, Brightest Young Things founder: Calmer
Nevin Martell, freelance food writer: Aftermath. If 2013 was the restaurant scene explosion, this is what followed. Still a lot of excitement and brouhaha, but you also began to see the number of openings slow and more closings, including a few unfortunate surprises.
Holley Simmons, Washington Post Express Dining Editor: 3-hour wait. (Is that cheating?)
Jeff Dufour, editor of UrbanDaddy: Bourbon.
Tom Sietsema, Washington Post food critic: Whodathunk? (Palena went dark. DBGB got a cool reception. Jonathan Krinn announced plans for a new restaurant. And so on.)
Alicia Mazzara, DCist dining editor: Fast-casual. (That's officially one word now, right?)
Stefanie Gans, food critic for Northern Virginia Magazine: Charcuterie
Maura Judkis, Going Out Guide: Can I have two words? Because BUTTER PIZZA.
Michael Martinez, producer, The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Fast-casual.
Rina Rapuano, Zagat DC: Steakhouse. (If I could have two words, I would add "khachapuri.")
Carole Sugarman, food critic for Bethesda Magazine: Fast-casual.
David Nellis, "Foodie & the Beast": Fattening.
Rebecca Cooper, hospitality reporter for The Washington Business Journal: Chipotle-ization
Jessica Sidman, food editor, Washington City Paper: Whiskey
Tim Carman, Washington Post food writer and The $20 Diner columnist: Craft-conscious. (hyphenated words count as one?)
Kate Gibbs, Destination DC: Veganish. For all the great meat and oysters galore, it was the abundance of vegetable dishes that shone for me this year.
Laura Hayes, Dining Bisnow and Thrillist DC: Legitimizing