Food critic Michael Russell on his dining guide, restaurant of the year

Dozens of restaurants opened their doors in the past two years and are still standing – creating a business and winning customers in a pandemic and thriving in some cases despite the odds. So where does a hungry person go when there are so many great options – that’s where Michael Russell comes in.
I’m Andrew Theen and this is Beat Check with The Oregonian.
Up next – another conversation with Michael Russell, the restaurant reporter and critic for The Oregonian and OregonLive.
We talked about his restaurant of the year, why he held off on doing his exhaustive list last year, what trends he’s seeing in the food scene and what might be in the offing in 2022.
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