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Chicago’s Food Writers Sum Up the 2019 Restaurant Scene in One Word

The writers saw growth this year

A red cocktail with pomegranate seeds and a green shrub garnish.
CBD-infused cocktails took Chicago by storm in 2019.
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Chicago’s food writers use a lot of words to describe the food scene every day. To make it succinct, they describe the 2019 scene in just one word.

Michael Nagrant, michaelnagrant.com: Woke

Titus Ruscitti, ChiBBQKing: Diverse

Ji Suk Yi, WGN Radio, Sun-Times: CBD oil infused

Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: Globetrotting

Chandra Ram, Plate: Anxious. Who knows what’s going to happen next?

Ariel Cheung, Plate, Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Block Club: Diversifying

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