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7 Austin Dining Experts Describe the 2019 Restaurant Scene in One Word

From “fancy” to “tempered” to “safe”

A person making a tortilla
A person making a tortilla
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

As is the tradition as we near the end of 2019, Eater has asked a trusted group of friends, critics, industry types, and local bloggers for their takes on the past culinary year in Austin. The annual survey spans eight questions, from the biggest dining surprises to best food neighborhoods and most disappointing meals. All answers will be revealed as the week rolls on — cut, pasted, (mostly) unedited, and in no particular order. Question number three:

Sum up the 2019 Austin restaurant world in one word.

Jane Ko, blogger, A Taste of Koko

Jolène M. Bouchon, critic at Austin Monthly

Pat Sharpe, executive editor and food writer for Texas Monthly

Robert Jacob Lerma, photographer for Eater Austin and others

Raphael Brion, former Eater editor and Texas Editor of The Infatuation

Erin Russell, associate editor of Eater Austin

Nadia Chaudhury, editor of Eater Austin