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.
Spanish mackeral sushi and fried backbone at Slow Fish (Brad A. Johnson)
Here’s where to eat now in Los Angeles. From high to low, these are the 10 restaurants I’m most excited about this month. This is not a list of the 10 newest places to open lately. Rather, a few of these spots are brand new. Some are just getting broken in and deserve another look. And one’s pretty old but has a new chef. They’re all fantastic. Continue reading →
Where to eat now in Los Angeles. Four-pork pizzas, star chefs, an 80s flashback, a hushed kaiseke hideaway, and the best burger in town. These are the 10 restaurants that should definitely be on your radar this month.
I watched and dined with amazement this year as the earth shook, paradigms shifted and empires crumbled. There’s a new pecking order among L.A.’s fine dining elite: Sona’s gone, Hatfield’s is back and Providence won’t be denied. Television catapulted Michael Voltaggio into the limelight and helped Ludovic Lefebvre prove that a chef doesn’t need a restaurant to become one of the country’s most important culinary stars. This has been one of the brightest years on record for emerging talent, which I believe bodes extremely well for the future of dining in L.A. Meanwhile, Little Tokyo finally flashed across everyone’s radar—and it had nothing to do with Japanese cuisine. And the next Nancy Silverton has been crowned. And with that, I present my 100 favorite restaurants and the winners of our eighth annual awards… Continue reading →