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, 2012 in One Word, Best Dining Neighborhood, Biggest Dining Surprises, and Best Meals of 2012. Now it's time for Restaurant Breakups. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q: Were there any restaurants that you broke up with in 2012?
Esther Tseng, e*starLA: Almost all food trucks.
Jason Kessler, Bon Appetit contributor: Akasha. I really want to love it, but like a methhead ex, it always lets me down no matter how many chances I give it.
Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist: I'm done with Burger King for life. I went there once this year, and at some point in my childhood I loved it, but now? No.
Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats: Yes, but I'd like to keep the name on the down low. Some hints: 1. They just served me fried chicken with slightly raw batter. 2. They used to serve amazing meatballs two meatballs ago, but their last meatballs were inedible. 3. They got a great review from an LA critic who must have visited on an inconsistently good night.
Eddie Lin, Deep End Dining: Broke up slash boycotted Papa John's and Chick-fil-A. 2012 was the year of voting with your mouth.
Josh Lurie, Food GPS: Zankou Chicken.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Ramen you have to drive 30 minutes for. Practically every neighborhood in L.A. now has a solid ramen option. If only we could say the same thing for Chinese food...
Lesley Barger Suter, dine editor, LAmag: Gjelina: How I love you, but you aresimply too crowded. LudoBites, only because I couldn't get in! Campanile, but it dumped me.
Tony Chen, contributor, Eater LA: AYCE KBBQ Restaurant, e.g. Road2Seoul, Soowon.
Matthew Kang, contributor, Eater LA: It started out well, but I'm sick of Ramen Yamadaya. Freddy Smalls was great but is now too expensive for what it is. And Plan Check has as many misses as it does hits.
Daniela Galarza, contributor, Eater LA: Everything currywurst. Lemonade.
Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: Sadly, I stopped dining at Lazy Ox Canteen once chef Josef Centeno left. Although I am looking forwarding to trying new chef Travis Chase.