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Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

December 29, 2011
Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We’ve already covered Top Newcomers , Top Standbys , Best Dining Neighborhood , 2011 described in one word , and Biggest Dining Surprises . Now, Best Meals. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments. [Scarpetta, Beverly Hills. Elizabeth Daniels ] Q: What was your single best meal of 2011? Lonny Pugh, LA editor, Urban Daddy : Scarpetta . It involved the spaghetti—one of those simple dishes that can’t possibly be as good as everybody says it is. But then it is. And then later you think it can’t possibly be as good as you remember. So you go back and have it again. And it still is. Stephane Bombet, owner, Picca: Gary Menes pop up dinner at Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe. My favorite dish was his home made foie gras au torchon with balsamic vinegar and callery pears. Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly : A lovely three-hour lunch at Providence – Michael Cimarusti has quietly become the best chef in Los Angeles. Hadley Tomicki, LA editor, Grub Street : I’m still surprised I didn’t wake up at some point when Cimarusti, Ludo, Urasawa, and Zarate came together at Providence, but I’d have to say the kaiseki dinner I had at N/Naka , as I’ve rarely had such an emotional reaction to food. One side of the table was laughing in wonder, the other crying in joy. Lesley Barger Suter , dine editor, LAmag : I keep giving it love, but I’m going to have to say my first meal at Sotto : Bread with lardo, perfect pork meatballs, and that pizza, plus cannolis…all washed down with some amaro. Wolfgang Puck: I would say that my single best meal was at the Fat Duck outside of London if I exclude the meal that Tetsu made for me at Spago. Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch : Do I have to choose between ink. and Son of a Gun … because I really don’t want to. Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist : I was lucky enough to spend some major time in Las Vegas and got to eat at Bartolotta . Not only was it the best meal I ate all year, but that’s one of my favorite meals I’ve ever had. Every single bite was perfect. Yassmin Sarmadi, restaurant owner, Church & State: Chef’s Tasting Menu at Patina – I have always enjoyed Patina, but had not been for some time. Hands down this was one of my best dining experiences in 2011! George Abou-Daoud, restaurateur, Bowery Street Enterprises : Chicharron en Verde followed by Espinoza de Cerdo en Guajillo in Mexico City—-amazing. Lindsay William-Ross, LAist : This is probably the hardest for me to answer, because I can’t just say one thing! I did get to sit down to an amazing meal in the private dining room of Osteria Mozza for a dinner honoring Ruth Reichl where the guests were some amazing local chefs and food writers, which was made only more surreal by the fact that I was high on cold medicine. But a lot of my greatest dining pleasures came while traveling, like the half-dozen fresh oysters I had at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, or the epic meals at Julian Serrano and Sage at the Aria in Vegas with some of my food writing girlfriends. The donuts from The Doughnut Plant in NYC my boyfriend and I ate while walking around the Lower East Side one very cold Sunday morning in March after we flew in on a red eye. A White Spot burger in Vancouver. Anytime I got to share a table with a loved one, or experience something while I traveled, well, that’s my best meal! Daniela Galarza, associate editor, Eater LA: In LA – Picca . Outside of LA – Pok Pok. Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats : At Joe’s in Venice with Walter Manzke as the guest chef serving an unforgettable Millbrook Venison with Sauce Poivrade. Josh Lurie, Food GPS : That’s a tough call. My meaty meal at Snow’s BBQ, about an hour outside of Austin, was pretty spectacular. Sooke Harbour House, situated right on the water in a spectacular Vancouver Island setting, was stunning for multiple reasons, including the hyper-local food. Still, since this is Eater LA, let’s go with something that’s actually in Los Angeles. One of my most recent blowout meals in L.A. was at Sushi Gen , where we let a friend take the lead, and he proceeded to order an onslaught of pristine seafood, including toro, uni, mirugai (giant clam) and amaebi (sweet shrimp). Seriously, how could that not taste good? And of course the people were fun, so that always helps. Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: I would probably have to go with the epic Krug dinner I had earlier this year at Urasawa . Can’t compete with Hiro’s sushi and 15 bottles of vintage Krug divided between 10 diners… also had a surprisingly fun/flavorful dinner at Miss Lily’s recently in NYC. · Year in Eater 2011 [~ELA~] Go here to read the rest: Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

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Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Name Top Restaurant Standbys of 2011

December 28, 2011
Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Name Top Restaurant Standbys of 2011

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We’ve already covered Top Newcomers. Now it’s time for Top Standbys. [Public Kitchen & Bar inside the Roosevelt.] Q: What were your top standbys of 2011? Lindsay William-Ross, LAist : Besides my neighborhood lunch haunts, I’d say I made happy multiple visits to Public Kitchen & Bar, Wood & Vine, Tony’s Darts Away, ink.sack, The Fat Dog, Taylor’s Steakhouse, Black Market Liquor Bar, Playa, Black Cat Bakery, Dominick’s, and Ray’s & Stark Bar. Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats: Sakura House (mochi maki/shrimp gyoza), Ado (tuna tartar), Gjelina (mushroom pizza & tuscan Kale), Oscar’s (ambience + fried potatoes) Akbar (Bindi Masala, Chicken Tiki Masala). Hadley Tomicki, LA editor, Grub Street : A-Frame, Tacos Leo, Ramen Yamadaya, Jiraffe, Waterloo & City, MexiCali Tacos & Co., Fig, Coffee Tomo, Juquila, Centanni Deli, Daichan Kaiten, and La Colmena. Wolfgang Puck: Obviously, I spend a lot of time in my restaurants, especially with all of the new openings in 2011, such as CUT London and Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. When I’m in LA, I’m always at Chinois, CUT and Spago, whether it’s in the kitchen or to entertain guests. When I’m not at my own restaurants, I always visit Matsuhisa, Angelini and Valentino. Lesley Barger Suter , dine editor, LAmag : Sotto, Barbrix, Jitlada, Ray’s, Black Market Liquor Bar. Lonny Pugh, LA editor, Urban Daddy : I live in and love Los Feliz. So when I’m not out trying somewhere new I can often be found at Little Dom’s, Speranza, Berlin Currywurst (a new favorite), Forage or pretending Covell’s charcuterie plate counts as dinner. I’m also firmly in favor of stalking food trucks at Barnsdall Art Park. Since we’re talking about LA, I’ll assume that counts as going to a restaurant. Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly : Jitlada, Europane, the Spice Table, Mozza, Sapp Coffee Shop, Golden Deli, My Taco. George Abou-Daoud, restaurateur, Bowery Street Enterprises : Singapore Banana Leaf, Sushi Ike, Guelaguetza, Spring Street Smokehouse, The Hungry Cat, Hunan Chili King, Natalie Peruvian, Rustic Canyon, and all of my places. Josh Lurie, Food GPS : Aside from all the Armenian flatbread places I hit in east Hollywood for breakfast, and Scoops Westside for coffee and ice cream? The Tasting Kitchen is a touchstone for seasonal Cal-Med-Italian cooking, a buzz-worthy vibe and great cocktails. Zam Zam Market in Culver City was a place I hit a few times for flavorful Pakistani food that should probably never travel in a car, or at least a car that has closed windows. Dino’s Burgers #2 is another semi-regular stop for pollo maniaco, and they even remodeled in 2011. Fancy. Flor de Yucatan also had a recurring role in my life lately, for big portions of Yucatecan food, with many dishes involving pork, at ridiculously low prices. Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist : I’m totally an Angeleno in that I stay in my neighborhood most of the time, so for that I thank Robata Jinya for opening walking distance from me. Not only is it the best ramen in my hood, it’s some of the best ramen in LA — and that’s not even acknowledging the chicken meatballs, or the seared yellowtail. It’s also got one of the greatest lunch specials in the city: $11 literally stuffs you. I’m there enough that I jokingly say to the server “see you tomorrow” as I leave — and sometimes, I do! I also gotta give props to the Izakaya on 3rd, which has the best sushi special I’ve seen at a higher-end sushi spot: $12.50 gets you a monster-sized chirashi with ultra-fresh fish, as well as miso and salad. Respec’. Daniela Galarza, associate editor, Eater LA: A-Frame, The Tasting Kitchen, Picca. Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: Dean Sin World, The Tasting Kitchen, Pa-Ord, Huckleberry, Golden Mean, True Food Kitchen, sugarFISH, Hiko, Sunnin, Caffe Luxxe, Eveleigh, Bay Cities, Farmshop, Picca, Public/Library Bar/Spare Room, A-Frame, Scarpetta, Hostaria del Piccolo, The Bazaar, Venice Beach Wines. · Year in Eater 2011 [~ELA~] Read this article: Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Name Top Restaurant Standbys of 2011

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Listage : Shark Fin Smuggling; World’s Most Dangerous Bar

December 23, 2011

Inside Picca, Beverly Hills. [Photo: djjewelz / Eater LA Flickr Pool ]

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Coming Attractions : Confirmed: Hakkasan Hitting BH with Pricey Chinese

December 14, 2011
Coming Attractions : Confirmed: Hakkasan Hitting BH with Pricey Chinese

Last May came word that Alan Yau , creator of worldwide Asian noodle chain Wagamam, planned to grow a separate concept, Hakkasan , his high end brand of Cantonese, Michelin-starred restaurants (London, Abu Dhabi, Mumabi, and Miami) to Los Angeles, potentially in partnership with sbe. Here now, Bloomberg confirms much of the aforementioned, writing that in the US Hakkasan restaurants are planned for Manhattan, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and on North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills . The currently functioning domestic branch of Hakkasan in Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel sports a strong four star Yelp rating, and here’s a quick look at dining options which include a dim sum menu , and an a la carte menu in which many entrees cost $40+ and Peking duck with Russian Osetra Caviar will set you back $198. Step aside, Mr. Chow. No news on opening timeline. · Hakkasan to Open in U.S. Cities as Michelin-Starred Restaurant Goes Global [Bloomberg] · SBE Considers Partnership with High End International Chinese Eatery Hakkasan [~ELA~] [Photo: Hakkasan Miami.] Continued here: Coming Attractions : Confirmed: Hakkasan Hitting BH with Pricey Chinese

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Book Deals: Via Publishers Marketplace comes word that…

December 14, 2011
Book Deals: Via Publishers Marketplace comes word that…

Via Publishers Marketplace comes word that Matt and Janabai Amsden , owners of Santa Monica’s hippy raw restaurant, Euphoria Loves Rawvolution , have inked a second book deal to publish THE RAWVOLUTION CONTINUES: Recipes from LA’s Most Conscious Cafe and the Story of a RAWvolutionary Movement , a followup to their first title, RAWVOLUTION . Publication is expected for Spring 2013. [PM] More here: Book Deals: Via Publishers Marketplace comes word that…

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Listage : CA Wine Prices Predicted To Rise; Hottest Restaurant Openings in America

December 14, 2011

Bäco Pop at Bäco Mercat, Downtown. [Photo: djjewelz / Eater LA Flickr Pool ] · California Wine Prices Predicted To Rise [OCR] · Eataly Closes in on District Location [WaPo]

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Extra, Extra: Fraternity Hazing, College Rivalry Week and Free Pie

November 15, 2011
Extra, Extra: Fraternity Hazing, College Rivalry Week and Free Pie

In tonight’s Extra, Extra, a UC Davis student sues the school, UCLA and USC gear up for the big game, and we’re told there will be pie. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook , and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports . more › View original post here: Extra, Extra: Fraternity Hazing, College Rivalry Week and Free Pie

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When You’ve Gotta Know, You’ve Gotta Know: Where’s the Best Restaurant Bathroom in LA?

November 15, 2011
When You’ve Gotta Know, You’ve Gotta Know: Where’s the Best Restaurant Bathroom in LA?

Is the best restaurant restroom in a swank hotel or tucked inside some four-star gastronomical mecca? Nope. The public has spoken, and when it comes to public restrooms in Los Angeles dining establishments, the best of the best is at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood, according to the 2011 Eater Awards . more › Excerpt from: When You’ve Gotta Know, You’ve Gotta Know: Where’s the Best Restaurant Bathroom in LA?

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Chinese Food Week 2011: Welcome to Eater’s First Ever Chinese Food Week 2011

November 1, 2011
Chinese Food Week 2011: Welcome to Eater’s First Ever Chinese Food Week 2011

Chinese Food Week , Eater’s exploration of and ode to Chinese food in Los Angeles (hello SGV), is here. Check in throughout the week for interviews, maps, guides, tips, and secrets from some of this city’s known and unknown gems. And that’s just here on the site. Out in the real restaurant world, five of Eater’s very favorite non-Chinese restaurants are putting a special, limited time only (avail this week and next), made just for Chinese Food Week special on their menus. Check out what’s on offer below, and look back throughout the week as we feature one of the special dishes every day. Church & State: Confit Duck Spring Roll, $9, served at dinner (except for Sunday night). Picca: Alpaca Spring Rolls with Pineapple Aji Amarillo Dipping Sauce, $13, served at dinner. Tinga: JuanTon (short rib with five spice and Chinese mustard, rice, mushrooms, pickled red cabbage, green cabbage, cilantro, bean sprouts, Thai chili, and special sauce in a burrito) with “salsa” on the side, $12.50, served at lunch and dinner (takes 15 minutes to make). Coney Dog: Chow Dog Roll (noodles, cabbage, egg, hot dog, and soy sauce rolled and fried), $5.95, served all day, this week only. SmithHouse: Black Bean and Garlic Rice Bowl, $13.99, served at lunch and dinner. Read more here: Chinese Food Week 2011: Welcome to Eater’s First Ever Chinese Food Week 2011

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