As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Best Standbys, Top Newcomers, and Best Dining Neighborhoods. Now it's time to describe 2011 in one word. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Burgers were the name of the game in 2011. [Photo: ISSF]
Jonathan Kauffman, restaurant critic, SF Weekly: Steady.
Carolyn Jung, Food Gal: Stimulating.
GraceAnn Walden, The Yummy Report and SF tour guide: End of fine dining
Brock Keeling, editor SFist: Forgetfulness (As in chefs who forget that they are humble servants—not navel-gazing philosophers, fumbling media critics, or celebrities on par with '70s era Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis dodging paparazzi.)
Grant Marek, San Francisco Editor, Thrillist: "Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun"
Amy Sherman, Cooking with Amy: Hamburger
Josh Sens, restaurant critic, San Francisco magazine: Pine needles (sorry, two words). I fear for the future of our Douglas fir forests.
Paolo Lucchesi, San Francisco Chronicle Inside Scoop: Reconcepting.
Sara Deseran, senior editor 7x7: Booze-y and fried chicken-y.
Stuart Schuffman, Broke-Ass Stuart: Strange.
Virginia Miller, food and drink correspondent, SF Bay Guardian: Steady.