As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers, and will be sharing their responses this week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Q: What were your restaurant standbys in 2014?
Drew Lazor, freelance writer:
American Sardine Bar, Vernick, Pizzeria Beddia, Cheu Noodle Bar, Kanella, Southwark
Caroline Russock, food editor at Philadelphia City Paper:
As far as fancy goes, Petruce and Townsend. On the more everyday side of things, Dizengoff has gotten plenty of action, and the burger at Fountain Porter is a very necessary part of my life.
Hawk Krall, illustrator and sometimes food writer:
Little Pete's, Pizzeria Beddia, Cosmi's, Dim Sum Garden, Chef Vola (Atlantic City)
Danya Henninger, food and beer writer, editor of Zagat Philly:
Santucci's, South Street Souvlaki, Percy Street Barbecue
Amanda Feifer, phickle.com:
High Street on Market, Cheu, Good King Tavern, Russet, Petruce et al. Zahav is my forever love for dinner and Honey's is my brunch soulmate. New and new-to-me end of the year additions: Noord and Brigantessa
Kristina Jenkins, editor at uwishunu:
One of my general requirements for a go-to chow spot is that it's within a ridiculously easy walk from my front door. I live in Wash West, so I gravitate towards at Cheu Noodle Bar, Barbuzzo, Lolita, Good King Tavern, Kanella, and Amis.
Marcos Espinoza, food blogger and co-owner of Side Project Jerky:
During lunch, I spent way too much time at Nom Nom Ramen. During dinner, it was and always will be Earth Bread + Brewery. You know, that whole family-friendly thing.
Brian Freedman, food and wine writer, critic at Philly Weekly:
Dim Sum Garden, Talula's Garden