Describe the 2016 Chicago restaurant scene in one word.
Lisa Shames, CS: On Fire (Two words, I know, but between all the wood-burning ovens and really great new restaurants I think those fit.)
Morgan Olsen, RedEye: Fishy. (Thanks to Naoki Sushi, Snaggletooth, Lena Brava and Seafood City.)
Chandra Ram, Plate: Hustlin'.
Penny Pollack, Chicago magazine: Woodburning.
Anthony Todd, Chicagoist: Overwhelming. The sheer number of new places made it impossible to keep up and hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Chris LaMorte, UrbanDaddy: Overstuffed.
Matt Kirouac, Zagat: Nonstop.
Michael Gebert, Fooditor: Asian. Asian flavors and techniques are everywhere and it's a great thing.
Michael Nagrant, RedEye: Chinese.
Elizabeth Atkinson, Time Out Chicago: Accessible.