In a lot of ways, 2012 was the year of the neighborhood restaurant. The key to opening a spot that will draw people in from all over town, that thing that gives it an edge, is personality. And great food, of course. New chef-driven restaurants have popped up in places like Little Osaka and Baldwin Hills, some led by names we've heard of for years, others by rising stars. These chefs are redefining what it means to cook 'Californian cuisine' with their unique visions and new global inspirations. Even the standard-bearer of California cuisine, Spago, has changed direction and is more exciting than ever. If this year's bold new entries on the dining scene are any indication of what we'll be eating next year and beyond, we're in for a gutsy, lusty full-flavored ride. Tell us your favorite eats of the year - restaurants, trucks and more - in the comments and via social media using the hashtag #2012Eats.