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Feb 13, 2010 12:21 PM


Okay, here are the rules :)

1. It has to be a particular food item -- no "best Mexican restaurant." But instead, Best Chille Relleno.
2. Be specific. Super specific. If you like fake-y nachos with fake-y cheese sauce, yay for you. But write that. Like this: Best Fake-y Nachos with Fake-y Cheese Sauce - ___. Especially be specific about controversial foods, i.e. pizza.
3. Limit yourself. You don't have to be an expert on everything. This should be a food you love, that you have eaten all over town, that you have searched high and low for the very best. One great post is so much better than twenty posts about "bests" that are only just "most popular," or bests that are only the best you've had because you haven't had many.
4. Anywhere in LA County.
4. It has to be not only the best in L.A., but amongst the best anywhere. So, for example, if I were posting in San Francisco, I might write: "Best Movie Theater Popcorn: Red Vic's." But that's because it's fresh and fantastic, served in a big wooden bowl, with real-real butter (not "real" butter-sauce) and nutritional yeast and is super yum. Whereas in L.A. I've never had movie theater popcorn that was amazing. Thus "Best Movie Theater Popcorn" is simply not a category for me in L.A. (feel free to disagree!). Again, only post if it's not only the best in L.A., but would stand up pretty much anywhere.
5. Only one food item per post.

I'll do the first two to get us started. Let the posts begin!

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  1. Best Chocolate Brownie (high quality, rich) - Sweets for the Soul - Atwater

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    1. Best Grilled Artichoke - Little Dom's - Los Feliz

      1. Best All-Natural (i.e. no artificial sweeteners, thickeners or other junk) Frozen Yogurt...sno:la in Beverly Hills.

        their chocolate/sour cherry combo is the best fro-yo i've had *anywhere,* not just LA.

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          1. re: veggietraveler

            the plain isn't sweetened at all, and the other flavors are sweetened with fruit puree and/or fruit juice concentrate. the shop is totally eco-friendly - solar-powered yogurt machines, biodegradable cups, wooden spoons...even the counter is made from recycled computer chips.

            i wish they had a location down here in San Diego - i miss it!

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I walked past sno:LA about a month ago and it looked as if they had shut down.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Walked by there this weekend and it was certainly closed. It didn't look like they were still in business although they still had signage up.

                1. re: js76wisco


                  you're right. i just called and the number's disconnected. why do all the good ones die?

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I also called both the Beverly Hills number and the Santa Monica number; both are disconnected.

                    I never got there, but it was on my list...I'm so disappointed.

                    Their website shows photos of their Kyoto shop; I wonder if that location has also closed.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            completely agree with snola as best in this category

            1. re: westsidegal

              have a little extra for me when you go! i'm making a beeline for that place the next time i'm in town...

                  1. re: MeowMixx

                    My one and only fish taco at Ricky's was, unfortunately, bland. TBE sometimes misses the Crunch Bus™, though occasionally I've gotten very good ones there. My only experience getting consistently crunchy, flavorful fish tacos in LA is at Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada.

                    Mr Taster

                    Ensenada Restaurant
                    851 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Yeah, I'm fully open to the suggestion that Ricky had an off day, since I've only ever given him one shot. However, because of the absurd line waiting ritual, I am disinclined to try it again when Best Fish Tacos, in my experience, is reliably great.

                        Mr Taster

                    1. re: MeowMixx

                      MeowMixx...I love Ricky's!
                      Why do I have to choose?

                  2. Best Hamburger 26 Beach Restaurant

                    Best Mac & Cheese Blue Star

                    Best NY Pizza Vito's

                    Best Pizza Petrillo's

                    Best Pastrami Langer's

                    Best Martini Musso & Franks

                    Best Beer with Topless Dancer's Sam's Hofbrau

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                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      Are the topless dancers the best too? I guess with enough beers, they will...