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Detroit Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2017 in One Word

The local dining scene, in brief.

a neapolitan pizza with mozzarella, red sauce, and fresh basil leaves in the center
Pizza from PizzaPlex.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

As is tradition at Eater, we closed out the year by surveying local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics, and publishing their responses throughout the week. Up next: How would you sum up 2017 in one word? Readers, feel free to share your thoughts below.

Lexi Trimpe, Web Editor, Hour Detroit:


Mark Kurlyandchik, Restaurant Critic, Detroit Free Press:


Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:

Pizza. This year seemed like a series of pizzeria openings from PizzaPlex to Giordano’s to Pop +Offworld and even Avalon in downtown Detroit. I could go on. And that’s not even accounting for the giant pizzarena that opened in Cass Corridor.

Nick Britsky, Beverage Director, Thrillist:


John Reyes, Ann Arbor Contributor, Eater Detroit:

Harassment — lately because of hostile workplaces, but earlier in the year for the ICE raids.

Dorothy Hernandez, Contributor, Eater Detroit:

Potential. For a long time it seemed like the only restaurants opening were small plates/new American/burgers. It’s exciting to see new restaurant concepts such Baobab Fare winning Hatch Detroit and Norma G’s opening in Jefferson-Chalmers. Also my New Year’s resolution is to get to Maty’s as soon as possible.

Serena Maria Daniels, Editor, Tostada Magazine:

Concept. It seems like so many new restaurant announcements this year were summed up as “concepts.” I would like to see less concept and more just genuine love for cooking and community.

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