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D.C. Dining Experts Sum Up the 2019 Restaurant Scene in One Word

A super simple look at what defined the local food scene this year

A PLNT Burger wrapped in Swiss chard
A Beyond Meat burger wrapped in Swiss chard from PLNT Burger, which exemplifies the growing trend in “plant-based” dining
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Following an Eater tradition, we asked a group of restaurant critics, journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Their answers to the annual “Year in Eater” survey will be revealed in several posts. Next up, the dining experts sum up the 2019 restaurant world in one word.

Rick Chessen, Rick Eats DC blogger: Plant-based

Laura Hayes, Washington City Paper food editor: Impossible

Lori McCue, DCist food and arts editor: P a l m s

Tim Carman, Washington Post food writer: Waterfront

Ann Limpert, Washingtonian food editor and critic: Kwame

Rebecca Cooper, Washington Business Journal digital editor: Fickle

Lenore Adkins, food writer: Transient

Lori Gardner, Been There, Eaten That blogger: Expansive. And if I may expand on that —exhilarating.

Tom Sietsema, Washington Post food critic: Thrilling

Jessica Sidman, Washingtonian food editor: Good


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