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, Top Newcomers and 2012 in One Word. Now it's time for Best Dining Neighborhood. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Seoul Sausage, near Sawtelle.
Q: What was the best dining neighborhood in 2012?
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: For lunch it was definitely West L.A. Hannousuke brought amazing tempura to Mitsuwa, Chego finally started serving lunch, and NongLA, Tatsu, Plan Check, Gottsui, Roc Star Dumplings, Seoul Sausage, Slice Truck, Clusi Batusi, Ramen Jinya, and Soba Sojibu all joined Tsujita in Little Osaka this year. Remember when Curry House was the best lunch option on Sawtelle? Neither do I.
Josh Lurie, Food GPS: Koreatown continues to impress me with their ever-widening range of specialized dining options. In 2012, I added dishes like gamgye tang (a ginseng-spiked chicken soup) and jogi gui (pan-fried corvine) to my repertoire.
Katherine Kims, associate editor, Time Out Los Angeles: TLA and the Arts District particularly
Eddie Lin, Deep End Dining: Downtown. Creative juices continue to flow and flavor the phenomenal dishes in DTLA.
Lesley Barger Suter, dine editor, LAmag: I'm going to have to say it again: downtown.
Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist: As a born-and-bred Angeleno who totally poo-pooed the Downtown revival I hate to admit it, but -- Downtown. Whether you're actually going there all the time or not, it's hard to not see that that's the most exciting place to be opening a restaurant these days in LA.
Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats: This year I have to give it up to Little Osaka. The strip screams "We're about to eat and we're about to eat well."
Brigham Yen, DTLA RISING with Brigham Yen: Downtown LA, of course :)
Jason Kessler, Bon Appetit contributor: Downtown.
Esther Tseng, e*starLA: Downtown LA.
Tony Chen, contributor, Eater LA: Downtown.
Matthew Kang, contributor, Eater LA: Sawtelle or Little Osaka, by a mile.
Daniela Galarza, contributor, Eater LA: Downtown.
Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: SGV. Also, tons of fun new places on Sawtelle this year.