As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from Meal of the Year to Top Newcomers. 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.
Postrio [Photo: Jeff Green]
Q: Name your top restaurant standbys of 2012 — the restaurants you returned to most.
Robin Leach, gossip columnist for the Las Vegas Sun: Spago at Caesars Palace, Postrio at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, SushiSamba at the Shoppes at the Palazzo, Valentino at the Venetian
Al Mancini, restaurant critic for CityLife and future star of All Forked Up: Meatball Spot. It's new but I love Carla that much.
Elaine and Scott Harris, Cuisineist.com: The 2012 Las Vegas culinary world continued to take it to the next level. There were several standby restaurants that were standbys on and off the Strip. On the Strip one of our standbys can be found at Mandalay Place. RiRa is always a mandatory stop when we are in the area. In the Venetian and Palazzo resorts, we would have to say SushiSamba and Valentino are regular stops as well as the newly opened Rattlecan. Off the Strip, Manon and Honey Salt are regular stops for us.
Grace Bascos, food writer for Vegas Seven: Le Thai, to eat pad Thai at the only place I would eat pad Thai outside of Thailand.
Sage at Aria, because despite the big fancy dining room, deep down it's still connected to that contemporary American vein that's running through the other food cities like Chicago and New York.
Raos at Caesars Palace, because hey, you can come to this one whenever you want! Plus I need a meatball and chicken scarpariello fix.
John Curtas, restaurant critic and future star of All Forked Up: Spago, Carnevino, Marche Bacchus, Chocolate & Spice Bakery, Chada Thai, J &J Szechuan, Cafe de Japon, Le Cirque, Julian Serrano, P. J. Clarke's, Bouchon, Comme Ca, Weera Thai
Erik Chudy, VegasBurgerBlog: That would be a cross between DW Bistro for brunch and a fantastic bloody Mary, Bachi Burger as my never fail go-to burger, Pin Kaow for stay at home delivery, and Mob Bar for the tastiest cocktails.
Susan Stapleton, editor of Eater Vegas: I found myself back at Le Cirque several times this year. Something about the truffles. Vesper Bar at the Cosmopolitan for imaginative cocktails. Bouchon and Nobhill Tavern.
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