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What were D.C.'s biggest restaurant trends of 2012?

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Katy DeLuca,Buzz

Every year new food trends hit the scene -- small plates, craft brews, brunch. What were the biggest food trends in town in 2012? Well, Zagat took a look and here is what they found.

Housemade charcuterie and sausages: They noted Matchbox 14 and Boqueria as places that embraced this food trend, as well as the soon-to-open Range in Bethesda.

Locally sourced food: Getting food from area farms is one thing, but local joints like Evening Star Cafe, Blue Duck Tavern and Poste actually grow some of their own stuff on site.

Unlimited brunch refills: Bottomless mimosas anyone? Zagat notes Masa 14 and El Centro as places where you can get your brunch booze fill, but there are plenty of eaters around town that follow suit as well.

Creative cocktails: Mixologists are the new rockstars around town. Cool cocktails were all the rage in 2012, and TNT bar in Arlington and Hank's Oyster Bar on the Hill are just two places you can go to check them out.

Donuts and fried chicken: Who needs a diet when you can nosh on these classic staples? Astro Donuts and Fried Chicken is opening early next year to continue on with this 2012 trend.

Not-your-average Asian cusine: There is more to life than Kung Pow Chicken. Toki Underground is just one of many places to embrace hip Asian food.

(h/t Eater DC)

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