Saturday, January 7, 2012

top 25 things to eat in LA

inspired by pal nicole iizuka (, i decided to come up with my own list of favorite 25 things to eat here in los angeles. once i got started, i thought it would be difficult to actually reach 25, but as i accumulated my list and started to pare it down, it pained me to have to remove the last three or four. the list also had to include places still open for business, so the BTO ("better than oreo") at kris morningstar's mercantile sadly was not eligible.

that being said, here's my inaugural list in alphabetical order, which i will update throughout the year should anything else become deserving of the honor:

amandine café - croissant

animal - bbq pork belly sandwiches, slaw

asahi ramen - kimchee ramen

aurélie the cookie guru - chocolate chip cookie

bay cities italian deli - godmother, the works

best fish taco in ensenada - shrimp taco

café dulcé - green tea donut

chego - ooey gooey fries

cora's coffee shoppe - eggs benedict w/smoked salmon, creamy spinach, lemon pepper

father's office - FO burger

gjelina - butterscotch pot de crème, salted caramel, crème fraiche

huckleberry - BLTA

ink. - apple, crème caramel, burnt wood sabayon, walnut

jin patisserie - macarons

kaiten-sushi daichan - white tuna nigiri

lazy ox canteen - slow cooked pork shoulder, turnips, quinoa, walnut chile tarator sauce

lukshon - spicy chicken pops

milo + olive - roasted pumpkin, brown butter, sage, buckwheat honey, black pepper

phillips bar-B-que II - beef ribs

piccolo venice - acquerello rice, black winter truffle, parmesan

pizzeria mozza - fennel sausage, panna, red onion, scallions

porto's bakery & café - potato balls

son of a gun - fried chicken sandwich

sweet rose creamery - old rasputin stout ice cream, handmade chocolate cone

versailles - lechon asado (cuban style roast pork)


Anonymous said...

The "BTOs" formerly of the Mercantile are now served at Ray's and Stark Bar as the minardies. The pastry chef Josh Graves the creator is still making them at Kris Morningstars new gig. If you ask nicely and they have enough they will sell them to go.

money B said...

thank you for this! i feared i may have tried my last one, so it's exciting news indeed!