Twenty-One Things We’re Still Looking Forward to Checking Out This Year

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Pancakes at Chez Sardine. Photo: Noah Fecks and Paul Wagtouicz

"Best of" lists are already trickling out for 2012, but there are still almost three months left in the year, which means there are a lot of new restaurants still to come. In fact, plenty of the openings slated for the traditional fall-preview blitz haven't even happened yet. Add to that the slew of food news that's broken since Labor Day, and you realize there's still a ton of amazing eating and drinking to look forward to this year. Here's what we're most excited about. Take a look, then let us know which spots you're anticipating.

When you're done here, check out what everyone's looking forward to in Boston, Chicago, L.A., Philadelphia, and San Francisco, too.