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Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2014 in One Word

As we put a cap on 2014, Eater surveyed a group of critics, writers, and all around experts for their take on the past year. We asked them eight questions: from Top Standbys to Top Newcomers, from Best Meals to Restaurants Broken Up With. All answers will be revealed—cut, pasted, unedited and unadulterated—by the time we pop the cork on 2015.

Italian spots, such as Acanto, were buzzy in 2014
Italian spots, such as Acanto, were buzzy in 2014
Marc Much

Q: Describe 2014 in one word.

Amy Cavanaugh, Time Out Chicago: Italian.

Chandra Ram, Plate: Indie. Loved seeing very personal restaurants open from new voices in the food world, especially MFK, Baker Miller, Parachute and Cellar Door Provisions.

Sarah Freeman, Zagat: Comforting.

Michael Nagrant, RedEye: Michicide (Death by Michelin stars — L20, Senza, Takashi etc.)

Chris LaMorte, UrbanDaddy: Beerful.

Penny Pollack, Chicago Magazine: Gluten-free, if you will accept that as one word. Otherwise: hamburgers.

Melissa McEwen, Chicagoist: Italian.

Mike Gebert, Reader: Personal.