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Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2013 in One Word

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We already covered this year's restaurant standbys and top newcomers; now we've cruelly asked them to sum up the year in dining in a single word. Responses are related in no particular order. Readers, please add your survey answers in the comments.

The Fat Ham [Photo: Eater Philly/Alyssa Maloof]

Q. Sum up 2013 in one word.

Caroline Russock, food editor at Philadelphia City Paper:

Openings. There were so many damned openings.

Adam Erace, critic at Philadelphia City Paper and freelance food writer:


Michael Klein, editor/producer/columnist/blogger for


Drew Lazor, freelance journalist and columnist for the Philly Daily News:

Bouillabaisse. No, I seriously have no idea. I never know how to answer these James Lipton-style queries.

[Photo: Tuscanycious/Flickr]

Danya Henninger, editor of Zagat Philly:

Nationally: Hybritrendy. Locally: Marketcafe.

Brian Freedman, critic at Philadelphia Weekly and wine writer/educator:


Holly Moore, industry all-rounder behind


Arthur Etchells, founder of Foobooz:


Marcos Espinoza, a.k.a. Fidel Gastro and Top Chef recapper extraordinaire:

Hyperhype (is that even a word?)

Kristina Jenkins, editor of Uwishunu:

Kale. Or: Expansion.

Neal Santos, photographer/occasional blogger/unlikely farmer: