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New Orleans’ Professional Diners Sum Up 2017 in One Word

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Can that even be done?

Opening night at Gabrielle
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As per tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they only get one word to sum up the year in food.

Liz Williams, founder and president, Southern Food and Beverage Museum: “Bigger-than-ever. Does it qualify as one word with the hyphens?

Elizabeth Pearce, cocktail historian, writer, guide, founder of Drink & Learn: “Chaotic, lots of surprising closings.”

Jay Forman, food and dining editor, New Orleans Magazine: “Scandalous.”

Nora McGunnigle, freelance writer and founder of NOLAbeerblog.com: “Diverse.”

Stephanie Carter, editor, Eater New Orleans: “Intense. From surprising restaurant closings to controversy rocking Tales of the Cocktail to the John Besh sexual harassment allegations to Alon Shaya leaving Shaya restaurant, the year was full of drama. There were some really positive, big-deal things that happened as well, like the re-opening of Gabrielle and Dunbar’s, two restaurants that had been closed since Katrina. Tom Benson brought Dixie beer back to New Orleans, which was cool.”

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Gabrielle Restaurant

2441 Orleans Avenue, , LA 70119 (504) 603-2344 Visit Website

Shaya Restaurant

4213 Magazine Street, , LA 70115 (504) 891-4213 Visit Website

Dunbar's

7834 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 504-509-6287

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