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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
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

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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