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Industry Insiders Describe 2012 in Just One Word

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of local food writers, industry types, and friends. We asked the group eight questions, from Restaurant Standbys to Best New Restaurant, and all will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at week's end. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and unedited herein.


Image of Firehouse courtesy Avila/EPDX

Allison Jones, Portland Monthly/Eat Beat blogger: "Wood-fired."

Michael C. Zusman, freelance restaurant critic: "Epic. Okay, just kidding. How I loathe that word... so I'll go with Portlandish... which your readers can interpret in any way they like."

Chris Onstad, food and drink editor, The Portland Mercury: "Accelerating."

FoodDude, restaurant insider, PortlandFoodandDrink: "Pedestrian."

Michael Russell, restaurant critic/reporter, the Oregonian: "Ambitious."

Mike Thelin, Feast PDX co-founder and Cooking Channel talking head: "Refining. The PDX DIY feel is on its way out. The city is growing up."

Don Bourassa, community director, Yelp Portland: "Huffsplosion."

Karen Foley, founder, Imbibe Magazine: "Barrel-aged."

Byron Beck, gossip columnist and Eater contributor: "Obsessed."

Karen Brooks, restaurant editor, Portland Monthly: "Expansionistic. Is anyone not claiming territory?"

Andy Kryza, Portland editor, Thrillist: "Oof."

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