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What was the Best Dining Neighborhood in 2009?

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of industry types, bloggers, and chefs. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from 2010 Headline Predictions to Top Standbys. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Thursday. On we go, in no particular order; all responses cut, pasted and unedited:


Q: What was the best dining neighborhood in 2009?

Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly: San Gabriel. As usual.

Eric Alperin, mixologist, The Varnish: I live and work downtown and I don't have a car, so I would have to say that I discovered what's in Downtown pretty well...

Jeff Miller, Thrillist: I still feel lucky to live in the miracle mile, where I can walk just about anywhere; that said, I did find myself itching for ramen and korean a ton this year, which brough me downtown and to K-town whenever there was a craving that needed filling.

Cedd Moses, restaurant/bar owner: Downtown.

Cedd Moses, restaurant/bar owner: Downtown.

Sam Nazarian, Hotel/Restaurant/Club mogul: Silverlake.

Mark Peel, chef and restaurant owner, The Tar Pit: Downtown.

Lesley Bargar Suter, Los Angeles Magazine: Downtown.

Odell: SG Valley.