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2019 in One Word: ‘Neon, Bowls, Flux’

Local food writers sum up the restaurant world’s year in one word

As is Eater’s annual tradition, we’re closing out 2019 by surveying local food writers (including our own staff and contributors) on various restaurant-related topics, and we’re publishing their responses in these final days of the year. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comment section below, or hop into our Facebook group to discuss.

Keep an eye on the Year in Eater landing page for other stories in this series, rolling out over the next several days.

Up next: How would you describe the 2019 Boston restaurant world in one word? (See the 2018 responses here.)

MC Slim JB, restaurant critic at

“Hall, as in ‘food hall.’”

Erin Kuschner, food writer for


Marc Hurwitz, founder of Boston’s Hidden Restaurants and Boston Restaurant Talk, food writer for Dig Boston:


Eric Twardzik, freelance writer and contributor to The Food Lens,, and Dig Boston:


J.Q. Louise, lifestyle blogger behind and food writer at the Boston Herald:


Dana Hatic, former Eater Boston associate editor:


Terrence B. Doyle, Eater Boston reporter:


Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Eater Boston editor: