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Local Food Writers Describe the 2015 Boston Restaurant Scene in One Word

As is tradition at Eater, we close out the year by surveying local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics, and we'll be publishing their responses throughout the week. Readers, feel free to share your thoughts below. Next question: How would you describe the 2015 Boston restaurant scene in one word?

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Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

MC Slim JB, restaurant critic for The Improper Bostonian:

Fermenting.

I obviously mean that in the kitchen-technique sense of the word: I’m always happy to see riper cheeses, better pickles, and more Asian umami vehicles like gochuchang and fish sauce in our restaurant kitchens. But I’m also talking about the figurative ferment in our scene. Northeast Asian, Southeast Asian, and Greek flavors in particular are percolating in welcome ways into our mid-range and higher-end restaurants, and that’s overdue.

Marc Hurwitz of Boston's Hidden Restaurants and Boston Restaurant Talk:

Resilient.

Luke O'Neil, drinks writer for Metro and writer of many other things for many other publications:

Rip off.

Dan Whalen, cookbook authorfood blogger, and contributor to WGBH's Craving Boston:

Moditional.

It's a portmanteau of modern and traditional because a lot of the new openings have been respecting traditions and classic recipes and techniques but bringing them into the modern times.

Matt Martinelli, managing editor of The Improper Bostonian:

Ambitious.

Whether it’s the size of a restaurant (Yvonne’s), the meticulous details behind opening it (Tasting Counter), or a new concept for the city (Hojoko), restaurateurs are swinging for the fences in order to standout. The competition is fierce, hence the closing of some longtime favorites this year.

Kerry J. Byrne, food writer for the Boston Herald:

Overextended.

Scott Kearnan, writer for Zagat and more:

Greek.

Sam Hiersteiner, food writer for Lucky Peach, First We Feast, Art of Eating, and other publications:

Swelling.

Rachel Cossar, Boston city editor for The Daily Meal:

Tight-knit.

BosGuy, LGBT Blogger (with a lot of South End restaurant coverage):

Celebrity chef (sorry I needed two.)

Catherine Smart, managing editor of WGBH's Craving Boston and Boston Globe correspondent:

Wicked.

Dana Hatic, Eater Boston associate editor:

Growing.

Katie Chudycookbook author and Eater Boston contributor:

Growing.

Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Eater Boston editor:

Growing. Well, it's true!

But I'd also say pricey.

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