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2016: Understaffed and Lots of Barbecue

What happened this year?

Lewis Barbecue spread
Robert Donovan
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

In keeping with Eater tradition, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types and bloggers. To kick it off in Charleston, Eater asked the group eight questions, ranging from the restaurants they frequent most to the biggest surprises of the year. Responses are in no particular order, and readers are encouraged to leave answers in the comments.

Q. Sum up the 2016 restaurant world in one word.

Jenny Ouellette, writer:
"Veggie-forward." I don't know if I wrote any other phrase as often — and then deleted it and brainstormed synonyms to use instead.

Kinsey Gidick, managing editor for the Charleston City Paper:

Will Chesak, Eater Charleston contributor:

Miguel Buencamino, Holy City Handcraft and Eater Charleston contributor:

Peg Moore, contributor and food critic for The Mercury:

Stephanie Barna, founding editor Charleston City Paper:

Hanna Raskin, food writer and critic for the Post & Courier:

Brian Stetson, Eater Charleston photographer:

Sydney Gallimore, Queen of the Food Age and Thrillist Contributor:

Vanessa Wolf, food writer and critic for Charleston City Paper:

Suzanne Cohen, critic for Charleston City Paper:

Erin Perkins, editor Eater Charleston:

Robert Donovan, photographer and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Understaffed and like the rest of the world, fucked.

Marion Sullivan, Culinary Institute of Charleston and food editor Charleston Magazine: