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Friends of Eater Confess 2013 Restaurant Break-Ups

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, food writers, reviewers and bloggers. This year, we asked the group eight questions. So far, we've heard about their restaurant standbys, top newcomers, one-word summations, the worst dining trends, biggest surprises and best meals. Now, they confess their restaurant break-ups (i.e., places they stopped going to). OK, many of them diplomatically avoided answering this question. Don't be shy, readers, confess your break-ups in the comments.


Figa said "it's not you, it's me" and closed (again) in 2013, but vows to reopen as a new concept in 2014. [Photo: Facebook]

Q. Which restaurants, if any, did you break up with this year? Why?
Claire Jeffers, Press Herald Bar Guide writer:

I'm still getting over the fact that Figa and Bar Lola broke up with us. I miss them.

Lard of Avon, Eater Maine top commenter, Midcoast dining advocate:

I ate at the China Dine-Ah once. That was one time too many. Horrible service, over rated product...all of that plus over priced to boot. I'd eat McFood before going back.

Nancy Heiser, food and travel writer, former Maine Sunday Telegram restaurant critic:

Any place that serves runny seafood chowder with scant seafood and frozen potatoes will never get a repeat visit from me. This is Maine, people, make it good for visitors as well as locals.

John Golden, Maine Sunday Telegram restaurant critic, Golden Dish blogger:

I'd rather not say

Rachel Forrest, Seacoast Online food writer and restaurant critic:

Can't think of any!

Kathy Gunst, author of 14 cookbooks (most recently, Notes from a Maine Kitchen), "resident chef" for NPR's award-winning show, Here and Now:

This is too small a state to answer truthfully.

Meredith Goad, Press Herald food writer and columnist, Maine a la Carte blogger:

I can't break up with any restaurants because I have to cover all of them.

Susan Axelrod, Press Herald/Maine Today online content producer, Maine a la Carte blogger, former Eater Maine editor:

No breakups this year.

Michael Cain and Meredith Perdue, Map & Menu bloggers:


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