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Industry Experts on 2012's Top Restaurant Standbys

At Eater, we're closing out the year with a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group eight questions covering everything from Meal of the Year to Best Dining Neighborhood. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and unedited herein. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.

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Q: Name your top restaurant standbys of 2012— the restaurants you returned to most.

Christiane Lauterbach, Knife & Fork and Atlanta Magazine: Cakes & Ale, Miso Izakaya, Sushi House Hayakawa, Empire State South.

Ashley Hesseltine, DailyCandy Atlanta editor and Witty + Pretty blogger: Barcelona, Barcelona, and Barcelona. Just kidding (but not really). You can't beat the scene, abondigas (read: meatballs), toasty bread, incredible staff, and half-price wine on Sundays. My other loves are Wisteria, The Optimist, the Spence, Rosebud, Empire State South, JCT, Cucina Asellina, El Taco, West Egg, and Nuevo Laredo. And I have a feeling I'll be frequenting Gio's Chicken (I've only been once as it just opened). Wow, I dine out a lot.

Jennifer Zyman, the Blissful Glutton: One Eared Stag, The Bakery at Cakes and Ale, Bocado, Varasano's, Tomo, Holeman, Yakitori Jinbei, Stone Bowl House, and Tasty China.

Jimmy Sobeck, Eat It Atlanta: Pura Vida, Empire State South, Sushi Huku, Miso Izakaya, Muss & Turner's, Victory Sandwich Bar, Bocado, Gu's Bistro, The Sound Table, Willy's, Fellini's (past 1AM).

Billy Holcombe, RestaurantsATL: Home Grown, Bocado, Watershed and Heirloom BBQ.

Liza Dunning, Scoutmob: One Eared Stag, The Lawrence, Barcelona, Victory Sandwich.

Nick Miller, co-founder, Supper Series: Miso Izakaya (Ramen + dinner), Chef Liu's, Empire State South (for breakfast especially - $1 eggs & counter-culture's an incredible bfast spot), The Sound Table, Little Tart, The Family Dog.

Alex Lassiter, co-founder, Supper Series: No matter how many places I try, I always end up eating Fox Bros once or twice a month. It has one of the best atmospheres in the city.

Carly C., Atlanta Magazine: Fresh 2 Order, Sheik Burritos N Kabobs, YEAH! Burger, Maki Fresh, West Egg Cafe, Antico Pizza, Cafe Jonah, Souper Jenny.

Sonia Chopra, Eater Atlanta editor: West Egg, JCT Kitchen, La Tavola, Sugo, the Bakery at Cakes & Ale, Empire State South for cocktails, Saturday lunch at El Burro Pollo (at least, until the end of the year!). I also spent many a Thursday eating from the food trucks at Peachtree and 12th and have been known to drive long distances during rush hour to track down King of Pops carts— the pops just don't taste the same if they don't come from under that rainbow umbrella.

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