2012 has been a delicious year for DC Metro diners. Talented chefs and restaurateurs, including two Top Chef contenders, opened urbane, informal and affordable concepts in burgeoning neighborhoods around town. Modern takes on French, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, regional American and Spanish cuisines come dressed up in scene-worthy surroundings. Casual fine dining is being redefined by some of our most talented toques. Check out where you should be reserving a table this winter in the slide show below.