As is the tradition as we near the end of 2017, Eater asked a trusted group of friends, industry types, and local bloggers for their takes on the past culinary year in Austin. The annual survey spans eight questions, from dining surprises to best food neighborhoods and disappointing meals. All answers will be revealed as the week rolls on — cut, pasted, (mostly) unedited, and in no particular order. Readers, add your answers in the comments below. Question number three:
Sum up the 2017 restaurant world in one word.
Erin Kuschner, editor of Time Out Austin
Soft serve (shout out to Holy Roller and Pool Burger). And I guess just “soft,” if you had to narrow it down.
Anastacia Uriegas, freelance food and cocktail writer
Brandon Watson, food editor at CultureMap Austin
Tom Thornton, freelance food writer and contributor at Eater Austin
Veronica Meewes, Zagat Austin editor and freelance food and travel writer
Jolène M. Bouchon, critic for Austin Monthly
Too upscale. (I know. That's two.)
Matthew Odam, restaurant critic at Statesman
Jane Ko, blogger at A Taste of Koko
Sommer Brugal, freelance writer and contributor at Eater Austin
Kelly Stocker, creative consultant and contributor at Eater Austin
Erin Russell, associate editor of Eater Austin
Nadia Chaudhury, editor of Eater Austin