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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?

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  1. 17, 31 & 64 are tops in their category for me.

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    1. re: JAB

      Never been to Cream Pan but will be in the area this weekend. What do you recommend there?

        1. re: JAB

          And the strawberry banana bread.

      1. re: BacoMan

        Sadly, I don't think bacos are on there. :)

        1. re: kevin

          The French Laundry isn't on there either.

        2. Can't really argue with, out of the ones I tried.

          1. Very happy to see No. 57, Johnny Pacific, on the list. They make very good empanadas. It's a hole-in-the-wall strip mall place with just a few tables. You order at the counter and they bring the food to your table.

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            1. re: brandygirl

              They DO make very good empanadas. Best I've had in LA (esp with those sauces)

              1. re: brandygirl

                Love Johnny Pacific! I am bummed they changed their chocolate banana empanada to Nutella banana. Not a fan of Nutella. But all the other ones I have had there are fantastic. Especially green chili and cheese and potato chorizo.

              2. Shows the shortcomings o yelp.

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                1. re: martan

                  yeah no Langers for instance...

                2. The Market Grill....ehhhh
                  Mattern Sausage & Deli...ehhhh...better off buying sausages and eating at home.

                  1. I've been to Market Gill. It's a good sandwich place, but I can think of many better restaurants than this place. I think Yelpers like it so much because some staff members have a lot of tattoos.

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                    1. re: raytamsgv

                      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.

                      1. re: ns1

                        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...

                        1. re: Bradbury

                          That potato salad was not my thing. One bite and that was it. Sandwich is decent, reminds me of MVP Grill in Long Beach though.

                        2. re: ns1

                          "Yes, I'm one of those dirty yelpers."

                          The first step is admitting you have a problem. But we like you regardless. :-)

                          1. re: ns1

                            Yelpers are superior to chow hounders in their philosophy on average. At least they believe restaurants can be rated, and criticized. Not just endlessly praised. Too bad they tend to have less taste.

                            1. re: BacoMan

                              "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.

                              1. re: Servorg

                                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.

                        3. 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.