As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from Meal of the Year to Top Standbys. 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.
Q. Name your top restaurant standbys of 2010 -- the restaurants you returned to most.
Ryan Roman, Digester-in-Chief, Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings: Sakaya Kitchen. And The Daily is a place whose name I take literally.
Belkys Nerey, news anchor, WSVN-7: Morgans, just love it. Red Light Little River--quaint and always on the mark; and Anise--a hidden gem.
Jose Duran, Web Editor/MiamiNew Times: Sakaya Kitchen. Hales gets a bad rap for being unwilling to change his dishes to suit costumer demands, but as long as he keeps putting out good food, I don't care how insufferable he becomes.
ErGagit,blogger: Michael's Genuine, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Red Light, Yakko-San.
The Chowfather, blogger: Sakaya Kitchen.
LAX2MIA, ex-blogger and self professed Guy That despises Sucky Food and the People That Like It: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Gigi, Morgans, Zuma, Sakaya KItchen, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink.
Paul Castronovo, host of the Paul and Young Ron show/owner of Castronovo Vineyards: More often than not, we end up taking friends and family to Anthony's Runway 84.
Frodnesor, Food For Thought blogger: Hiro's Yakko San; Sakaya Kitchen; Michael's Genuine; Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill; Sra. Martinez; Japanese Market; gastroPod.
Maria Argüello, Senior Community Manager, Yelp Miami: I went through phases but given my lifestyle a lot of late lunches and late-nights at Whisk, The Alibi, Gigi, Sugarcane, Sra Martinez, MaiTardi.
Eleanor Hoh, Wok Star cooking teacher: Chow Down Grill for fresh dailies; Sakaya Kitchen for pork boas, Bulgogi burger; Indomania, the best Rijsstafel transports you to Indonesia; Little Saigon, stick with phos, BBQ pork with vermicelli and S'pore noodles; Cafe at Books & Books for pan con leche, yucca fries and pork tacos; Bernie's LA Cafe for grilled octopus, steak quesadillas; Clarke's for fish and chips, beef sandwich, Shepherd's Pie; and Chu's Kitchen and Bar for Peking duck, any seafood dishes, and dim sum.