As 2010 comes to a close, Eater surveyed a number of industry types, writers, eaters and more. We asked the group eight questions, everything from Restaurant Standbys and Top Newcomers to Single Best Meal and Headline for 2011. Everything will be revealed—cut, pasted, unedited and unadulterated—by the time we check out on Thursday to ring in the New Year.
Q: Describe the 2010 Chicago restaurant scene in one word?
Liz Grossman, Plate: Mobile (as in apps, trucks, chef shuffles)
David Tamarkin, Time Out Chicago: Histrionic
Nick Kindelsperger, Grub Street: smoky
Heather Sperling, Tasting Table: Burgeoning
Julia Kramer, Time Out Chicago: smoke
Penny Pollack, Chicago: Toss up between gastropubs, sandwiches, and cupcakes
Chris LaMorte, Urban Daddy: blogified
Natasha Liberman, a la card: porky
Carly Fisher, The Feast: Dysfunctional family. I guess that's two words. You can roll with Familial if you want.
Emily Fiffer, Daily Candy: Accessible
Chandra Ram, Plate: Thrilling – we have the most exciting dining scene in the country
Michael Nagrant, New City: Unstoppable
Michael Gebert, Sky Full of Bacon: Manly
Mike Sula, Chicago Reader: pregnant
Rodrick Markus, Rare Tea Cellar: Gastro