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Seattle’s Food Scene in 2018: ‘Precarious,’ ‘Unsustainable’

Local food writers sum up the restaurant world one word at a time

Some local food writers say the restaurant scene was “precarious” or “unsustainable” in 2018.

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 2018 Seattle restaurant world in one word?

Chelsea Lin, dining/lifestyle editor, Seattle Magazine:


Allecia Vermillion, deputy editor, Seattle Met:


Jackie Varriano, food writer:

Overwhelming. But also underwhelming. Can you ever just be whelmed?

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

Collaboration. There have been so many Seattle chefs and restaurants teaming up on pop-up dinners and events — some for great causes, some for fun. In any case it was ultimately about building community and that was incredible to see this year.

Providence Cicero, food critic, The Seattle Times:


Naomi Tomky, food writer: