Clockwise from top left: The Eveleigh, Baco Mercat, Lukshon, Next Door by Josie
Wow, what a year! Japanese kaiseke, American gastropubs, Southeast Asian flair, smart molecular gastronomy, a kick-ass brunch and a fabulous return to glamour—2011 proved to be a terrific year for new restaurants in Los Angeles. Rising stars like The Spice Table’s Bryant Ng and Night + Market’s Kris Yenbamroong went head-to-head with seasoned heavyweights such as Wolfgang Puck and Josie Le Balch. With so many outstanding choices this year, narrowing the year’s best new restaurants to a list of merely 20 was difficult. But here it is.
These french fries are insane. I’ve been binging on french fries almost daily for the past couple of decades, and I have never come across anything quite like these. First off, they’re huge. Colossal. Giant. I’m not exaggerating. The first time I see a waiter carrying an order of these beasts through the dining room, I mistakenly think they’re some sort of mini baguettes. Each fry measures about eight inches long with a girth as fat as a carrot. I can’t begin to imagine what one of these potatoes looks like whole before it’s carved into six or seven of these truly monstrous frites. Continue reading →