Yelp Top 100 (LA edit)
Well, this is ... interesting. Evidently our fine feathered friends at Yelp have used Wilson Score (statistical confidence interval) algorithms to identify the top 100 Yelp-rated restaurants in the US. And evidently San Diegans really like to score their restaurants high. Anyway, here are the ones in the greater LA area:
5. Porto's Bakery, Burbank, CA
10. Joe’s Falafel, Los Angeles, CA
17. Ricky’s Fish Tacos, Los Angeles, CA
31. Cream Pan, Tustin, CA
46. El Chato Taco Truck, Los Angeles, CA
51. Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights, Cypress, CA
57. Johnny Pacific, Winnetka, CA
61. Sabroso! Mexican Grill, Garden Grove, CA
62. District Wine, Long Beach, CA
64. Bludso’s BBQ, Compton, CA
65. Tiki Juice Bar, Anaheim, CA
67. Vinh Loi Tofu, Reseda, CA
68. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen, Newport Beach, CA
74. Mattern Sausage & Deli, Orange, CA
75. The Market Grill, Monrovia, CA
76. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA
79. Outlaws Cafe, Van Nuys, CA
88. Kang Hodong Baekjeong, Los Angeles, CA
90. Stuff I Eat, Inglewood, CA
92. Hy Mart Sandwiches, North Hollywood, CA
94. Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beverly Hills, CA
I've had good meals at numbers 5, 17, 64, 74, 75, and 76 (the latter on someone else's dime, mercifully) but am out of my element on the others. Any thoughts/flames to share?
The Market Grill....ehhhh
Mattern Sausage & Deli...ehhhh...better off buying sausages and eating at home.
Many of the highly rated places on yelp are greater than the sum of it's parts. There are plenty of restaurants I rate pretty high not necessarily because they are the "best in class", but because they consistently deliver on some metric (comfort food, good place to meet, QPR, etc. Yes, I'm one of those dirty yelpers.
FWIW, on my first trip to Market Grill I had a Gem City Club, the lemon/mint potato salad and a bacon chocolate chip cookie, while the sound system played, in sequence, "TV Party", "Where Eagles Dare", and "Glasgow Mega Snake".
The best sandwich shop in LA? Probably not. But a memorable lunch nonetheless...
"At least they believe restaurants can be rated, and criticized. Not just endlessly praised."
I think it all depends on whose sacred Ox is being gored. If a place you love gets slammed then it typically gets a visceral reaction. There is no dearth of criticism on this site that I've ever noticed.
Quite true. Just to clarify, my purpose in posting this list wasn't to debate the relative merits of CH vs Yelp. Rather, it was because only 5 or 6 of these places have gotten much "air time" on this board, and I was curious if anyone had experiences with the others that they could share.
I've done a bunch of these but notably Hy Mart stands out to me. I've been there a few times now and while it's good, it's basically an above average wrap place. While a number of these I'd say that you could argue if they are the "best of LA" they are at least worth a drive to try (Porto's, Ricky's, etc) Hy Mart to me isn't notable unless you work or live nearby.
Unlike the comments in the other thread, I find Yelp useful, especially when you're in an unfamiliar area and need to find something. However you always need to take into account that a some combination of customer service, general location to demographic friendly areas, special deals or social media savvy are going to impact the ratings. For example I've generally found that Mexican places that have large, cheap and stiff margaritas always have relatively higher ratings than those with straight up good food. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, because frankly sometimes I'm looking for a strong drink but it makes me check the content of the reviews before I jump to try a 4+ star rated place.