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2016 in Food: ‘Beefy, Bananas, Overwhelming’

Local food writers sum up Seattle’s year in one word each

A top-down view of pizza at Young American Ale House.
Young American Ale House.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

As is tradition, Eater closes out the year by surveying local food writers on various restaurant-related topics. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments section below.

Today’s second question: How would you sum up the 2016 restaurant world in one word?

Angela Garbes, food writer, formerly The Stranger:

Pizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (sorry, I fell asleep in the middle of typing "pizza").

Providence Cicero, food critic, The Seattle Times


Allecia Vermillion, senior food and drink editor, Seattle Met:


Nicole Sprinkle, food writer and critic, Seattle Weekly:


Bethany Jean Clement, food writer, The Seattle Times:


Julien Perry, consume editor, The Fresh Toast:

Expansion. Or maybe Sibling. Lots of restaurant owners opened their second project this year, such as Brian Clevenger (Raccolto), Eric Donnelly (Flintcreek), Manu Alfau (Manu's Bodegita), Mark Fuller (New Luck Toy), Kari Brunson (Frankie and Jo's). Makes me think this city values small businesses.

Jackie Varriano, editor, Zagat Seattle:


Leslie Kelly, senior food editor, Allrecipes:

Thrilling! We're so damn fortunate to live in a city with so many dining options. Can't wait to see what shakes out next year.