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Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2012 in One Word

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Best Standbys and Top Newcomers. Now it's time to describe 2012 in one word. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
[Gordon Ramsay's American gastropub at The Grove, The Fat Cow. Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

Q: Describe 2012 in One Word.

Katherine Kims, associate editor, Time Out Los Angeles: Gastropubs?and cocktails.

Eddie Lin, Deep End Dining: Kale.

Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Apocaletdown.

Josh Lurie, Food GPS: +, since & is so last year.

Lesley Barger Suter, dine editor, LAmag: Safe. That's not to say it wasn't great at times, but it seemed that most every restaurant was aiming to be a neighborhood staple rather than a destination. And really, that's fine, I'm all for wood-fire roasted stuff and a great charcuterie plate.

Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist: Awkward.

Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats: HauteQuickService.

Brigham Yen, DTLA RISING with Brigham Yen: French.

Jason Kessler, Bon Appetit contributor: Apocalyptic.

Esther Tseng, e*starLA: Expansive.

Tony Chen, contributor, Eater LA: Gastropub.

Matthew Kang, contributor, Eater LA: Gastropub.

Daniela Galarza, contributor, Eater LA: Expansion.

Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: Bespoke.

The Fat Cow

189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, Ca 90036 (323) 965-1020

The Fat Cow

189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036