Vote for the best Hole-In-The-Wall (Michelin-style)
Obviously the Michelin guide has a different, more rigorous set of standards. But hole-in-the-wall restaurants are a vital part of the Los Angeles food scene, and deserve just as much recognition as their white-linen cousins. And while I'm sure we would all love to eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant every time we go out, chances are we're more likely to hit up something a bit less lofty. Plus, finding these hidden gems are what Chowhound is all about. So I propose we vote for who think are best, in the style of the Michelin guide:
3 stars - Worth making your destination
2 stars - Worth a detour
1 star - Interesting, if you're already the area
Here are my votes for the, uh, Micholein Guide. Don't be afraid to let your neighborhoood bias shine since you probably know your immediate surroundings the best.
THREE STARS -
TWO STARS -
Pie N Burger
Beverly Soon Tofu
Pho 79 (San Gabriel)
ONE STAR -
Chili My Soul
Pho So 1
Michelin does acknowledge outstanding cheaper options in it's Bib Gourmand category. These are usually places you can have a full dinner for under (I think) $25.
Mine would be:
3 Stars - Guelaguetza, Musha, Orris, La Buca
2 Stars - Beechwood, Father's Office, 3 Square, Meals By Genet, Sabor a Mexico
1 Star - Abbot's Pizza, Sakura House, Hinano, Il Tramezzino, J&J, Shamshiri
Bib Gourmand is still a place where you're expected to have a French-style three-course meal (entrée, plat, dessert), though.
3 Stars - Santouka, Skaf's, La Huasteca, Porto's, Tony's Little Italy, Tsuruhashi, El Taco Nazo
2 Stars - Raffi's, Shamshiri, Top Falafel (NH), Spumoni, Park's BBQ, Banh Mi Che Cali, Banh Mi Cho Cu
Too many 1 Stars to count
3 stars: Monte Alban, Mateo's Paletas, Brent's Deli, Woodlands, La Super Rica, Tacos Baja Ensenada, Sa Rit Gol, Phillippe's
2 stars: Mama's Hot Tamales, 3 Square, Brodard, Skaf's, Mei Long Village
1 star: Antica Pizzeria
Would taco trucks ever make the list? You'd think Michelin of all people would embrace the taco truck...
Having made numerous detours and something like three full crosstown trips to Pann's, I would give it another star at least. I do agree with your two-star choices, though Julienne qualifies IF you're in the general vicinity and IF your bank balance is healthy. Fosselman's worth a detour? Hey, that's why we patronize the Alhambra Costco!
As for making my own list, I just can't. Whatever place I'm eating in right now is usually my favorite...