As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered best standbys, top newcomers, 2012 in one word, best restaurant neighborhood and the biggest dining surprises of the year. Now, best meals. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q. What and where was your single best meal in 2012?
Kane Webb, editor, Louisville Magazine: El Mundo -- fish tacos.
Elizabeth Orrick, food writer, Louisville.com: Probably my best meal was either at Louisville Visual Art Association's Bacon Ball, or the 39th Annual Taste of Louisville. Since that's kind of cheating, I will say the best overall meal was at The Village Anchor in Anchorage.
Steve Hacker, writer and brand consultant, Gourmandistan.com: Sa.Qua.Na. in Honfleur, France. Locally, my very first meal at Rye.
Melissa Duley, associate editor, Louisville Magazine: Spaghetti with sea urchin at Decca.
Antonia Lindauer, freelance food writer, That Vampin' Lady: We went with a group to dinner at Rye. Big, family style meal in their amazing private upstairs space. The food and atmosphere were spectacular.
Josh Moss, managing editor, Louisville Magazine: Not just 2012 but in my nearly six years as a Louisvillian. Easter Sunday at the Holy Grale. I've described it before: maple syrup-lacquered fried chicken confit and waffles; duck hash with russet potatoes, pickled ramps, apples, fried duck egg; plenty of Easter beers -- which I never knew existed -- including one from Belgium called Hoppy Easter. All from a bar.
Zach Everson, editor, Eater Louisville: On vacation in DC, a private dinner with friends at the invite-only Sausage and Cake. Locally, Proof on Main's Hog & Barrel dinner.