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Dec 30, 2009 12:14 PM

Are we able to identify a singular "Los Angeles Restaurant of the Decade"?

Any price range, any cuisine.

Just one restaurant that somehow epitomizes, defines, symbolizes or just screams "2000-2009"?

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    1. re: steve h.

      A simple google search reveals 563,000 results.

    2. In a good way or a bad way? It's been an odd decade. You've got Kogi and you've got Urasawa--and everything in-between. I'd like to say some place like A.O.C. or Cut but they don't scream. I guess if you want screaming it's Bottega Louie.

      1. If it screams like it's off it's meds, if it's a flake or it's shaky in the extreme, and the good denizens of the city of the Angels (who change like the wind because they're "foodies") can be said to mirror those qualities then it's gotta be Bastide.... ;-D>

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        1. re: Servorg

          Bingo! Bastide,

          Pytka may be nuts, but there was always serious talent in that kitchen. Along with the soap opera type buzz that place generated. Very L.A.

            1. re: mc michael

              Which iteration? It's still going. Reinvented (this being LA and all maybe reincarnated is a better term) for the 4th time recently. I always got the feeling that Pytka fancied himself the second coming of Patrick Terrail and the original Ma Maison on Melrose - which like Helen of Troy launched - if not a 1,000 ships at least a score of chefs and restaurant heads (even though he seems to have failed pretty completely if that was his actual intent).

          1. That'd be like asking if there was a singular LA *anything*.

            1. You can choose to look at "restaurant of the decade" as a concept so strong that it continues to forge mightily into the future as though it sparked an eternal L.A. legacy on the order of Phillippe's or Cole's.

              But I choose to be cynical about it and look for concepts that peaked and turned quickly into dated cliches.

              So my nominees: boutique cupcakeries like Sprinkles. Frozen yogurt shops a la Pinkberry. Boba shops. I realize the last two are clones that originated in Asia. But in the US, they started here in So Cal.