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The Food World in 2017: ‘Competitive,’ ‘Explosive,’ ‘Soupy’

Summing up the Seattle scene one word at a time

2017 in one word: ‘Poke.’
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.

How would you sum up the 2017 Seattle restaurant world in one word?

Leslie Kelly, Seattle-based food writer:

“Explosive!” The rapid-fire growth is thrilling/terrifying. How can everyone survive/thrive in such a competitive market? For starters, get out there and support your faves, y'all!

Nicole Sprinkle, food writer and critic, Seattle Weekly:


Allecia Vermillion, deputy editor, Seattle Met:

“Amazon.” No, wait…”pivot.”

Jackie Varriano, editor, Zagat Seattle:


Rosin Saez, associate food and drink editor, Seattle Met:

“Soupy.” (In a good way.)

Providence Cicero, food critic, The Seattle Times:


Tan Vinh, food and drink writer for The Seattle Times:

I’m counting “fast-casual” as one word.