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Industry Experts & Friends of Eater on the Top Restaurant Standbys of 2012

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, readers and all-around food lovers. Throughout the week we will cover Top Restaurant Newcomers, Best Dining Neighborhood, 2012 in One Word, Biggest Dining Surprises, Best Meals, Restaurant Breakups, and Predictions for 2013. Now to begin with, our Standbys for 2012, the restaurants we returned to most and left happily satisfied. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.

Chef Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar Miami[Photo: Ocean Drive]

Q: What were your top restaurant standbys of 2012?

Chelsea Olson, Miami Editor, Eater Miami: Yardbird, Café at Books & Books, Pubbelly Sushi, Scarpetta, Gigi

Frodnesor, of Food For Thought: A Miami Food Blog: Hiro's Yakko-San, Michael's Genuine, Red Light, Bazaar, Eating House, Harry's Pizzeria, Josh's Deli, Makoto, Bourbon Steak, and some sushi place whose name I've forgotten.

Ryan Roman, of Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings: Blue Collar. If you look closely, one of the stools at the bar has an imprint of my butt on it. And if you look even closer, it looks like Lincoln's face. But seriously, why is your face so close to the stool?

Cari Garcia, of Fatgirl Hedonist: Blue Collar, Edge Steak, Cuban Guys (when I need a Pan con Bistec fix), Harry's Pizzeria, Molina's Ranch Restaurant (when I need my 'just like mom's cookin' fix), and Pubbelly Sushi

Steven, of Chowfather: Very tight race between Chef Philip Ho and Yakko-San. Chef Philip Ho for the win.

Aleksandra Marcotte, Eater Contributor: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Sushi Deli, Blue Collar, Mandolin, Ortanique on the Mile
—Aleksandra Marcotte


9700 Collins Avenue, , FL 33154 (305) 864-8600 Visit Website


4401 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL 33140 (305) 674-4660 Visit Website

Red Light little river

7700 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138 (305) 757-7773 Visit Website

Eating House

804 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables , FL (305) 448-6524 Visit Website


1418 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Visit Website

Harry's Pizzeria

2996 McFarlane Road, , FL 33133 (786) 655-0121 Visit Website

Bourbon Steak

19999 West Country Club Drive, Miami, FL 33180 Visit Website