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Jonathan Gold's Best Of LA Picks Are Out

A quick scan yielded nothing, so I thought I'd post to let everybody know that the esteemed Pulitzer Prize winning foodie, Jonathan Gold, has put out his Best of LA 2008 Food Picks.

Here are the URLs. Enjoy.

http://www.laweekly.com/bestof/2008/s...

http://www.laweekly.com/2008-10-02/ea...

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  1. Thanks for the post..I was at FABS Thursday and heard they were going to "get best of."
    (I agree btw)

    I have to ask a question. Why is KYCHON's site in Korean and not even partially in English? Don't they care that it keeps us gringos away? If I could read the website and know more I would glady drive from Simi to K-town. Someone please clue me in.

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    1. re: SIMIHOUND

      I didn't look at the website, but everything in the restaurant is in English and Korean. I recommend the chicken sticks (drum sticks) rather than the wings. Wings seem to be kind of small, lean on the meat and dry.

      1. re: SIMIHOUND

        If I were to guess, it would be because their target market is the Korean population. I don't think they have any plans to expand beyond K-town to the mainstream US market.

        Besides, to make it in K-town the restaurant only need to speak Korean and Spanish. :)

        Their dine-in menu has English, btw. Is it worth a drive from Simi just for the chicken? Probably. You won't find this style outside of Koreatown, I'm willing to bet. Prepare to wait 30 mins for your chicken, as each batch is made-to-order.

        1. re: WBGuy

          There's a Kyochon at the Freshia Market on Torrance Blvd. in Torrance (corner of Torrance Blvd. & Crenshaw). Interesting the market is mainly patronized by Koreans.

          Anyway the menus are in English and there are pictures.

          1. re: monku

            went this weekend and am in love with the sweet chili sticks. it's a quick burn, but also long lasting. super crunchy and wonderfully flavorful.

      2. Am I missing something?
        No best ribs or Chinese food?

        1. That list reads like it was put together by the marketing department ... after they had kicked out the editorial dept from the LA Weekly offices.

          1. Wow.

            LATEST FOODIE WRITER TO LOSE MY RESPECT:

            Jonathan Gold

            Tommy's and Reel Inn on the Best Of list?

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            1. re: ElJeffe

              The title of this post is misleading/incorrect. These are not all Jonathan Gold picks... He wrote some of the "best of's"... Tommy's and Reel Inn were not written by him...

              1. re: LaLa Eat

                Congrat, Joe & Suzy. Best Hot Dog!

                1. re: LaLa Eat

                  What's his excuse for sushi? Nozawa and Sasabune being the most traditional spots?

                2. re: ElJeffe

                  He proves again he doesn't know from burgers, pizza or steak.
                  ;

                3. I've never met Gold. He might be a decent guy, but I can't stand that alternative-newspaper style he practices -- the calculated opposite of "less is more" -- and frequently disagree with his restaurant evaluations. Nothing I saw in a quick scan of this latest best-of list (except one of the "Personal of the Day" girls) gave me hope.

                  For example, I don't agree with Cut, Tommy's, and Mozza, preferring instead the Water Grill [sic] or Stonehill Tavern (he says "best steak," not "best steakhouse"), Pie 'n Burger, and Bollini's. Of course, that's not the point -- we all disagree on restaurants all the time. But I want literate reviews that get right to it and are more about the food and ambiance than some walking, talking "foodie." Don't see it in Mr. Gold, although I do suspect that he's a good guy, and I have discovered a few favorites on his recommendation, Tonny's carnitas, for one.

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                  1. re: sbritchky

                    I get what you are saying about JGold.

                    While I don't find his reviews all that on-point, and nor do I really agree with what he recommends most of the time, I do enjoy reading his columns.

                    But I read them like I would a good novel -- more for pleasure than information.

                  2. Best cupcake? http://www.laweekly.com/bestof/2008/a...

                    Um, doesn't the Oinkster get their cupcakes from Auntie Em's?

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                    1. re: ElsieDee

                      When I saw them I thought they were Auntie Em's cupcakes as well...but I think that they they are not, cause AE does not have peanut butter and jelly ones?

                      SO, I would like to state AGAIN that the original poster's statement that this is J. Gold's "best of" picks is wrong! This link is to the "Best of LA" editorial picks issue that came out last week, and should not to be confused with a J. Gold "Essential" list...
                      i.e:
                      http://www.laweekly.com/2007-06-21/ea...
                      2008 list has not transpired yet...

                      1. re: LaLa Eat

                        The link in my post up-thread, about the Best Cupcake, appears to have been approved / signed-off on by J. Gold (though I've not read through the whole list and maybe his named was just added to all of the decisions). Therefore, it's reasonable to conclude that he agreed with the decision to call the Oinkster's cupcakes the Best.

                        And yes, I'm also familiar with his Essential list and do know the difference between the two.

                        1. re: ElsieDee

                          Thanks ElsieDee...you are right he did chose OInkster cupcakes, I linked to you because of the cupcake question of where they came from.
                          I should have re-posted to the OG post again for the reason I thought it important to point out that it was not a J. Gold list to be confused with his "Essential list" because many of the best of's for food were written by other people (see my first post above)...

                          1. re: LaLa Eat

                            *grin* Sorry if I came off as snippy - not at all my intent.

                            Still want to know the origins of the Oinkster cupcakes; guess I need to pay them a visit (oh, the horror!) - probably need to try the fries and cheeseburger again, too - and a ube shake.