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Friends of Eater on 2014 in One Word

As is tradition at Eater, we close out the year with a survey of other local food writers on various restaurant-related topics. Here's how they describe 2014 in one word. Readers, feel free to share your thoughts below.

La Brasa
La Brasa
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

MC Slim JB, restaurant critic for The Improper Bostonian: "Smoky! The flavors of wood fire and smoke beguiled me at dozens of places, including Alden & Harlow, La Brasa, Pastoral, Viale, River Bar, the Stoked truck (with its genius wood-fired Neapolitan pizza oven on wheels), Row 34, and many others."

BosGuy, blogger: "Boom!!!"

Rachel Cossar, blogger at Foodista on Pointe and special contributor to The Daily Meal: "Creative."

Luke O'Neil, freelance writer: "No."

Marian White, staff writer at BostInno: "Doughnuts!!!"

Marc H., founder of Boston's Hidden Restaurants and Boston Restaurant Talk: "Bubble (as we're in a restaurant bubble — too many places for not enough diners —and not enough restaurant workers, for that matter)."

Damien Smith, community manager for Yelp Boston: "GastroInteractive. Which sounds awful, but it's referring to the explosion of educational, small session meals that take the chef's table to a whole new level. Stir is an amazing experience, if you've yet to indulge."

Scott Kearnan, editor of Zagat Boston: "Wood-fired."

Rachel Leah Blumenthal, editor of Eater Boston: "Sharing. Every menu seems to be based around meant-to-share plates now, whether they're small or extra-large. It's nice to taste a lot of different things, but the price always adds up more quickly than expected. What happened to simple average-sized entrees?"

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