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What Were Your Restaurant Standbys in 2012?

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As 2012 comes to an end, we're surveying friends, readers, critics, and bloggers about the year in dining. To start things off, we posed a question about the city's best new restaurants; now, we want to know about what restaurants you patronized the most in 2012. Readers, feel free to weigh in via the comments.

Cane Rosso. [Photo credit: Cane Rosso/Facebook]

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

Leslie Brenner, restaurant critic, Dallas Morning News: "My dining schedule for the Dallas Morning News prevents me from eating out for pleasure very often, but when I dream about where I'd like to eat, images of Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine, Bambu Thai-Asian Cuisine, J.S. Chen's Dimsum and BBQ, Tei-An, La Me, Bolsa, Mi Día From Scratch, Mughlai Fine India Cuisine and Lucia dance in my head. And I would have lunch at once a month at Afrah Restaurant and Pastries."

Kevin Gray, editor, UrbanDaddy Dallas: "I spent a lot of time at Il Cane Rosso, Tried & True and Nora. For delicious and inexpensive Asian, Sakhuu and Dalat always treated me right."

José Ralat-Maldonado, blogger, The Taco Trail: "Cafe Maya, Lockhart Smokehouse, Chicken Scratch, Mi Tierrita, and the Common Table are on my brick-and-mortar rotation, while Easy Slider, Taco Party and So-Cal Tacos are my go-to food trucks."

Rich Vana, editor, Entrée Dallas: "The Grape - I love the atmosphere almost as much as the food and wine. It's one of those places that I don't want to leave. It seems to me one of the most singularly comfortable restaurants I've been to. Rise No. 1 has that same feel to it. Maple and Motor - When you order a double, they always remind you that each patty is half a pound in an, 'Are you sure you want to do that?' kind of way. I'm always sure, and I always love it. Add grilled jalapenos and bacon. Jimmy's - The Cuban. Call 15 minutes ahead. La Me - Because I sometimes imbibe with the enthusiasm of my long-past 21-year-old self, and their pho dac biet is a panacea for my self-inflicted woes."

foodbitch, blogger: "I celebrated multiple birthdays at Cane Rosso, hung out with more than a few HP moms at DIVE Coastal Cuisine and went to Oak more times than my credit card would have liked."

Whitney Filloon, editor, Eater Dallas: "The places I constantly find myself returning to are Cane Rosso (for the Delia), Uncle Uber's (amazing sandwiches, always consistent), and Angry Dog (the burger, duh, and plenty of local beers). Can you tell I live in Deep Ellum? I also go to Malai a lot for the happy hour—can't beat the $5 Jason Kosmas-designed cocktail menu. And the Meddlesome Moth for tasty craft beer and small plates, those chicken skin chips with blue cheese are absurdly good."

Lockhart Smokehouse

400 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208

Chicken Scratch

2303 Pittman Street, Dallas, TX 75208 214-749-1112

The Grape Restaurant

2808 Greenville Avenue, , TX 75206 (214) 828-1981 Visit Website


8118 Oak Street, , LA 70118 (504) 302-1485 Visit Website


4260 Herschel Street, , FL 32210 Visit Website

Angry Dog

2726 Commerce Street, , TX 75226 (214) 741-4406 Visit Website

Mughlai Indian Cusine

5301 Alpha Road Suite 14, Dallas, TX 75240 (972) 392-7786


614 West Davis Street, , TX 75208 (214) 367-9367 Visit Website


287 North Bishop Avenue, , TX 75208 (214) 948-4998 Visit Website

Easy Slider

2701 Main Street, , TX 75226 (469) 917-7111 Visit Website

Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Avenue, , TX 75207 (214) 628-7900 Visit Website

Malai Kitchen

6130 Luther Lane, , TX 75225 (972) 373-4434 Visit Website