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‘Uninspired,’ ‘Safe,’ ‘Exasperlicious’: Friends of Eater Sum Up 2017 in One Word

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group seven questions running the gamut from best dining neighborhood of the year to top restaurant newcomers, and we'll be rolling out their expert opinions all week long. Responses are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Readers, please share your survey answers in the comments.

Gary Okazaki, professional glutton (aka Gary the Foodie)


Andrea Damewood, restaurant critic, Portland Mercury


Michael Russell, The Oregonian’s food reporter and critic


Erin DeJesus, deputy editor of


Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland

Neighborhoods. (There didn't seem to be many big openings in 2017, but lots of great casual neighborhood spots debuted.)

Michael Zusman, cookbook author, restaurant critic (and judge)