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Dining Pros Sum Up the 2014 Restaurant Scene in One Word

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What word describes the past year in food?

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We've already covered the 2014's restaurant standbys and top newcomers. Now it's time for for our panel to sum up the past year in food.

Q: Describe 2014 in one word.

Frank Sabatini Jr., restaurant critic, San Diego Community News Network, and contributing writer, Pacific San Diego Magazine: Ambitious.

Erin Jackson, city editor, DiningOut San Diego: Charged.

Michele Parente, dining and lifestyle reporter, Union-Tribune: Almost.

Michael Gardiner, restaurant critic, San Diego CityBeat: Transitional.

Omar Passons, eat.drink.give.go.: Energizing.

Caron Golden, San Diego Foodstuff: Abundance.

Amy T. Granite, food writer, DiscoverSD: Kale.

Troy Johnson, restaurant critic, San Diego Magazine: Kale.

Marcie Rothman, FoodBuzzSD: Robust.

Barbarella Fokos, contributor, San Diego Reader: Meaty.

Darlene Horn, city editor, Zagat San Diego: Bloated.