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May 23, 2013 09:30 AM

Jonathan Gold's Top 101 Restaurants in Los Angeles

Here's the top 20:

1. Providence 2. Urasawa 3. Spago 4. Mozza, etc. 5. Kogi 6. Lucques 7. Animal 8. Cut 9. Jitlada 10. Shunji 11. Rivera 12. Spice Table 13. Ink 14. Baco Mercat 15. Tasting Kitchen 16. Sea Harbour 17. Night + Market 18. Bestia 19. Hinoki and the Bird 20. Melisse

I know this will be a losing game for me, compared to other posters, but which of the top 20 have you dined at?

Me: 1, 5, 7, 10, 16.

Anyone (kevin?) have an account and can post the entire list (if that's allowed)?

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    1. the rest of the list is not copy/pastable.

      1. Not sure if this link will work, but it's to the map with all 101:

        33 Replies
        1. re: Wayno

          Try this:

          Guess they are going to make all hounds buy a copy of the paper to get the full story! Ha we see the genius behind the madness.

          1. re: Servorg

            The funny thing is if you want to order an extra copy, that will be $6.25. Seriously no joke. If you purchase today's paper, you will see the add for it.

            My favorite is definitely still shunji's, langer's, and spago,

            1. re: kevin

              Langer's sets the gold standard for corned beef on rye. Ditto pastrami on rye. Even die hard Carnegie Deli fans (NYC) swoon over Langer's.

          2. re: Wayno

            Still brings up the paywall prompt... :(

            I found the list and am trying to format it to paste in here...

            1. re: PeterCC

              See if you can't access them all via the Google map here by clicking on each number in the map:

              1. re: Servorg

                Wow, even the preview page is not loading fully for me now. Says I've reached the max free articles, and I have to take a survey to see more... WTF.

                1. re: PeterCC

                  You can clear your cache. and erase your computer's history, if that's not too much trouble, and they you can see your ten free articles again.

                  It's interesting that this pullout section was free when he was ensconced at the Weekly, but now the Times can charge for it, or are attempting to.

                  1. re: kevin


                    1. re: love2eat

                      You can't access it for free even of your browser is refreshed. But that only applies to the 101 Restaurants guide.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I'm sure that in a few days the list will be either posted here (is it a crime to do so???...I doubt it, but I'm not a lawyer), or will be available with a Google search.

                2. re: Servorg

                  Here's the Middle 30:

                  50. Manhattan Beach Post
                  49. Le Comptoir
                  48. n/naka
                  47. Post & Beam
                  46. The Bazaar
                  45. Marouch
                  44. Din Tai Fung
                  43. Fig
                  42. The Sycamore Kitchen
                  41. Hatfield's
                  40. Hart & the Hunter
                  39. La Casita Mexicana
                  38. Son of a Gun
                  37. Angelini Osteria
                  36. Alma
                  35. Rustic Canyon
                  34. Lukshon
                  33. Kiriko
                  32. Vincenti
                  31. Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village
                  30. Church and State
                  29. Drago Centro
                  28. Sotto
                  27. Park's BBQ
                  26. Guelaguetza
                  25. AOC
                  24. Salt's Cure
                  23. Trois Mec
                  22. Red Medicine
                  21. Jar

                  Me: 50, 44, 43, 41, 38, 33, 22.

                  1. re: PeterCC

                    19 out these 30 for me. But I must say ALMA should be #1, not Providence. As much as I enjoy Providence, Alma is tops for me when it comes to food (which is by far the biggest consideration for me when dining out, with service and space being distant 2nd & 3rd). Alma's food blew me away on all fronts -- taste, textures, presentation (stunningly beautiful), innovation. Providence bores me and costs easily 2x Alma.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        you actually like din tai fung ?

                        I thought we were not allowed to like that joint on this here board ?

                        1. re: kevin

                          I love DTF and I'm not afraid to say it! :-)

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            me too...perfect Arcadia, in Beijing, in Taipei and Shanghai

                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                              I can vouch for that... although I felt the chicken soup was a helluva lot better in Taipei (and the prices were the same as in Los Angeles, despite the fact that things usually cost 1/3 in Taiwan of their stateside equivalent).

                              For some reason Beijing was the cheapest of the bunch at about $5 for a tray of xiaolongbao. But yes, they were equally as translucent in all locations.

                              Mr Taster

                          2. re: kevin

                            I've been a few times. Then I found out that Arcadia was only the tip of the SGV iceberg.

                      2. re: Servorg

                        Here's the Bottom 51:

                        101. Apple Pan
                        100. Dae Bok
                        99. Comme Ça
                        98. Fab Hot Dogs
                        97. El Parian
                        96. Ciro's
                        95. Nickel Diner
                        94. Kobawoo
                        93. Bulgarini Gelato
                        92. Cacao
                        91. Sapp Coffee Shop
                        90. Krua Thai
                        89. Mo-Chica
                        88. Musso & Frank
                        87. Rocio's Mole de los Dioses
                        86. Patina
                        85. Newport Tan Cang Seafood
                        84. Mayura
                        83. Ración
                        82. 101 Noodle Express
                        81. Mantee
                        80. Mariscos Jalisco
                        79. Border Grill
                        78. Chichen Itza
                        77. Meals by Genet
                        76. Hannosuke
                        75. Corazon y Miel
                        74. Attari
                        73. Golden Deli
                        72. Sqirl
                        71. Little Dom's
                        70. Valentino
                        69. Hunan Mao
                        68. Grill on the Alley
                        67. Bierbeisl
                        66. Gjelina
                        65. Coni's Seafood
                        64. Plan Check
                        63. Langer's
                        62. Cooks County
                        61. Bludso's
                        60. Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong
                        59. The Hungry Cat
                        58. Matsuhisa
                        57. Guisados
                        56. Superba Snack Bar
                        55. Starry Kitchen
                        54. Tsujita
                        53. Tar & Roses
                        52. Soban
                        51. Picca

                        Me: 101, 79, 76, 64, 61, 54.

                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                            Nice, I haven't been in a while but, it used to be a once a week spot for lunch.

                            1. re: JAB

                              Yeah, I am still addicted to their chorizo and eggs.

                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                My favorites were the milanesa plate or the steak picado burrito.

                                1. re: JAB

                                  Never had the steak picado.

                                  I like those avocado chunks (salsa?) they give you with the chips.

                                  All this talk of Ciro's has me itching to go now.

                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                    You and me both. I still work fairly close by. Ditto on the chunky salsa and freshly made chips. Speaking of chunky, their steal picado is very chunky with big pieces of grilled meat, jalapenos, onions etc... The milanesa plate is a carb bomb. Breaded steak, beans, rice, fries and tortillas.

                                    1. re: JAB

                                      damn, a question.

                                      how can you go back to work after that meal.

                                      it sounds like an old-school mex-amerc restaurant, is that correct ?

                                      cheesy, sour cream, guar, wet enchilada sauce all over the place.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        In a wheelbarrow. We're not talking skimpy portions either.

                                        Not that type of restaurant at all. Much more "authentic".

                            2. re: A5 KOBE

                              Ciro's is the one that made me the most curious when I read it.

                              Now I really want to try it.

                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                Made my long overdue return to Ciro's today. It was at least as good as I remembered it. I love it when expectations are at least met if not exceeded on a return to an old favorite.

                              2. re: PeterCC

                                Why isn't 101 #101 on the list?

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: PeterCC

                                  Seems to me that Border Grill, Gjelina's and Meals by Genet are misplaced here, hovering around Musso & Frank.

                                  1. re: VenusCafe

                                    As has been discussed here and elsewhere, the specific order, especially further down the list, gets quite subjective and muddled. I'm sure JGold put a lot more thought into composing the top 5 than he did the rest of the top 10, than he did the rest of the top 20, etc.

                                    M&F is #88. BG is #79, MBG is #77. What does a movement of ~10 spots down mean to you?

                                    Gjelina is #66 so would be a bigger drop. Do you like all the other restaurants #67-#87 better than Gjelina?

                                    (Just in case my tone doesn't come across, I'm not trying to be argumentative, just curious.)

                            3. re: Wayno

                              Edit: Weird, I put the bottom 51 in a reply to the main thread, but it showed up here as a reply to Wayno's comment. *Shrug*

                              Re-replied to the main thread with the bottom 51. See below.

                              Edit 2: Nevermind, I guess see above instead (under Servorg's comment) for the lists. The site is putting my replies in weird places in this thread.

                            4. 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29, 32, 46, 51, 55, 58, 59, 63, 64, 66, 68, 70, 79, 86, 88 and 101 - over time, not all in the past year.

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                              1. re: Thor123

                                Same here.

                                If I tried most of all those places, this year alone, I would be in deep deep deep deep trouble.

                              2. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 18 for me.

                                Of those, I'd only go back to 3, 4, 7 (with 7 being the top pick).

                                8, 9, 12, 14, 19, 20 are on my 'to do' list :)