Squid salad with basil at Izakaya Seki. (Joseph Victor Stefanchik/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Tom Sietsema: D.C.’s best dining newcomers of 2012

The list includes mark-making eateries that became well-established in year one, either by dint of pedigree or presidential visit; two takes on Indian cuisine from opposite ends of the dollar-sign spectrum; a culinary laboratory in a converted auto garage; a hotel restaurant given new life by a new, relatively unknown chef; and a pair of izakayas, including one in Baltimore. Check out Sietsema’s list and decide which of his picks is tops for 2012. If it’s not on there, leave it down in the comments:

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