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Describe Houston's 2012 Food Scene in Just One Word

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As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, bloggers and readers. We've already discussed the city's best new restaurants and most reliable standbys. Now answer the question, what one word would you use to describe the Houston food scene in 2012? Readers, please add your thoughts in the comments.

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Teresa Byrne-Dodge, My Table magazine publisher: Growler

Amber Ambrose, former Eater Houston editor, freelance food writer: Kickass

Katherine Whaley, KHOU Anchor and reporter: Reinvented

Tyler Horne, Urban Harvest Market Manager: Decadent

Joshua Justice, Eating Our Words contributor: Arrival

Albert Nurick, H-Town Chow Down: Fresh

Sarah Tressler, freelance writer and writing instructor: Competitive

Rachel Brill, Eater Houston contributor: Balanced

Danny Vara, Southbound Food co-host: Flavortown, no, um, fun

Catherine Martin, Arbitrary Criticism: Broadening

Lauren Barrash, founder and president of The Wave: Exhausting

Zerin Dube, Speed:Sport:Life editor: Fresh

Gary R Wise, Eater Houston photographer: Diverse

Phaedra Cook, My Table magazine contributor: Liftoff

Steph Stradley, Texans blogger: Open Table? OK, that's two words. I'm more inclined to go out if I know I can hop into a good restaurant last second.

Misha Govshteyn, food enthusiast: Ambition

Taylor Byrne-Dodge, My Table Sidedish editor: UMAMI

Eric Sandler, Eater Houston editor: Fascinating