Golds 99 essential restaurants 2011 up
And the award for Biggest Oversight goes to....
And the award for Least Deserving goes to....
The 99 are as follows
Church & State
Din Tai Fung
El Huarache Azteca
Euro Pane Bakery
Fab Hot Dogs
Good Girl Dinette
La Casita Mexicana
Lazy Ox Canteen
Meals by Genet
Musso & Frank Grill
Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
Night + Market
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Pollos a la Brasa
Sapp Coffee Shop
Son of a Gun
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Waterloo & City
whether or not he "knows something special" is a subject of debate. whether or not he can express what he knows better than any of the people on this board, well, not so much.
i have no doubt some of the posters here could list names of essential restaurants. whether or not i'd want to slog through that list and its justifications is another question entirely.
"tell me again why folks think he knows something special. . ."
-because he has the ability to eat at most if not all the places in SoCal and can make judgements as he has tasted a whole lot of food
-because he has real credibility (Pulitzer prize) where we hounds only have postcount credibility
a pulitzer prize speaks to his writing skill: not to his tasting skill.
now, i am less and less inclined to respect his tasting skill.
nothing with nothing restaurants
all showing up as "essential"?
i didn't expect to agree with all his choices, but, i certainly didn't expect as many mediocre restaurants to be on the list.
maybe it would have been a better list if he had narrowed it down to 80 "essential" restaurants. . . .
+1. In writing circles, Pulitzer Prize = knighthood. In food writing circles, Pulitzer = historical event. Why anyone would agree with every item on his or any other list baffles me. We are not sheep - we eat them.
I don't know if J Gold still reads CH (he used to read AND post -- e.g., see link below), but I suspect he feels a professional need to distance himself from CH. That may mean he doesn't even read anymore, or, if he does, to offer contrarian views early and often, and not be seen to be +1-ing CH favorites.
(A post from J.Gold in 2001:
Ah, the early days, of both Chowhound and the Internet, when people didn't think about privacy and people freely posted under their own names. I think it's fair to assume that JGold continues to read these forums under a pseudonym. After all, we're his primary source of leads. (ZING! I keed! I keeeed!)
why do you think they have heard about them?
you also might want to read the title of the list more carefully. as far as i can see, it's "Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential L.A. Restaurants 2011"
not "THE ABSOLUTE 99 essential l.a. restaurants 2011," not "God's 99 essential l.a. restaurants 2011," not, "THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT STATES THESE ARE 99 essential l.a. restaurants 2011."
also, you do realize since you, and many others, have read the list, and are talking about it, well, the terrorists have already won and all that...
I think his list tries to achieve several different and perhaps contradictory missions: 1) shout outs to old favorites where he feels comfortable year in and year out; 2) in a somewhat similar way, highlighting older places that have importance to him from an iconic or historical standpoint; 3) pointing out examples of as many different types of food as are available in an effort to get us to try something different on occasion; 4) offering his two cents on newer/edgier/trendy spots that have opened since the last list. So different spots are "essential" for different reasons: comfort, history, variety, cutting edge. I guess there's a certain culinary "political" correctness that has crept into the listings.
To include Border Grill, Street, Alcazar, Chang's Garden and Larkin just renders the list worthless.
JG just needed to fill column inches with this list.
Any list, when including higher priced and better restaurants, needs to also include Hatfield's, which of course was omitted.
1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
627 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007
Ricky's Fish tacos is so much better than TBE! 26 Beach for their Sushi Hamburgers, please!
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292
It's not as if he goes and eats the 99 restaurants every year in fact I wouldn't be surprised if he hadn't eaten at some of these in years and they had fallen off in terms of quality without his knowing.
It's by no means the quintessential list but its a good start.