The most common questions that food industry pros get asked is what their favorite restaurants are at home, and where they’ve had their best meals on the road. Eater saves you the trouble of researching their picks by posing these quandaries to various experts across the country and presenting the varied findings in one spot.

We’re most interested in the overlap between the restaurants that were picked as hometown and visitor favorites, at least in terms of revealing the bonafide hot spots of 2012. Here are the joints that fall into this category: ACME (New York City); Bäco Mercat (Los Angeles); NoMad (New York); Hedone (London); and Bar Tartine (San Francisco). Beyond London, the list also includes picks from Spain, Japan, and Mexico.

[via Eater National]