Looking back over the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011, I see no undeniable trend, no overarching theme. I found as much happiness in the red beans and rice at an unpretentious Soulard bar as I did in the clever "smoked" scallop dish at an ambitious new chef-driven restaurant in the Central West End. If there was a constant, it was the sheer number of restaurant openings — more than I can recall in any year before the economy tanked. (And that's not even counting... More >>>