As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of fellow food-writer friends. We asked the group eight questions about the highs and lows of San Francisco dining over the past year, and we'll be running two compilations of their responses (which are in no particular order) each day.
Q: Sum up 2014 in one word.
Rose Garrett, Hoodline: Expensive.
Jay Barmann, SFist: Booming.
Lauren Sloss, Tasting Table/SFist: Ramen.
Amy Sherman, Cooking with Amy: Ramen. And yet, I think there's room for more. I'd love to see the kind of specialization in different types and styles of ramen that I find in Honolulu.
Sara Deseran, San Francisco Magazine: Ramen-cue-y. (A mix of ramen and barbecue.)
Pete Kane, SF Weekly: Overindulgence.
Rebecca Flint Marx, San Francisco Magazine: Reservations.
Grant Marek, Thrillist: Reservations.
Sarah Sung, UrbanDaddy: Beer. Specifically California craft, which has exploded this year thanks in part to all the new breweries that popped up in SF alone. Runner-up one-word would be "tap" as the domain that beer once held now applies to draft cocktails, wine and sake.
Virginia Miller, Zagat: French (as in the year of the modern French bistro revival).
Tamara Palmer, The Bold Italic: Bistro(t).
Marcia Gagliardi, Tablehopper: Toast!
Paolo Lucchesi, Inside Scoop: Tipped.
Andrew Dalton, freelance: Over?
Brock Keeling, 7x7: Over.