J Gold 101 2017


#1
  1. Vespertine
  2. Providence
  3. Spago
  4. Lukshon
  5. Taco Maria
  6. Spring
  7. Trois Mec
  8. Cassia
  9. Mozzaplex
  10. Rossoblu
  11. Rustic Canyon
  12. Shibumi
  13. Q Sushi
  14. n/naka
  15. Lucques
  16. Cut
  17. Bestia
  18. Lasa
  19. Republique
  20. Animal
  21. Kismet
  22. Manuela
  23. Night + Market Song
  24. Shunji
  25. Alimento
  26. Here’s Looking at You
  27. PYT
  28. Guerrilla Tacos
  29. Chengdu Taste
  30. Orsa & Winston
  31. Michael’s
  32. Otium
  33. Vincenti
  34. Broken Spanish
  35. Soban
  36. Pizzana
  37. Sun Nong Dan
  38. Melisse
  39. Holbox/Chicken Itza
  40. Baroo
  41. Officine Brera
  42. The Bazaar
  43. Gjelina
  44. Salt’s Cure
  45. Alma
  46. Salazar
  47. Sqirl
  48. Tasting Kitchen
  49. Odys + Penelope
  50. Petit Trois
  51. Sea Harbour
  52. Redbird
  53. Jitlada
  54. Girasol
  55. Sotto
  56. Le Comptoir
  57. Park’s BBQ
  58. Gwen
  59. Jar
  60. Meals by Genet
  61. Church & State
  62. La Casita Mexicana
  63. Maude
  64. Brodard Chateau
  65. AOC
  66. Asanebo
  67. Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen
  68. Craft
  69. Connie & Ted’s
  70. Rosaline
  71. Erven
  72. Angelini Osteria
  73. Adana
  74. Little Sister
  75. Mian
  76. Drago Centro
  77. Aburiya Raku
  78. Locol
  79. 71 Above
  80. Grand Central Market
  81. Coni’Seafood
  82. Kogi BBQ
  83. Guelaguetza
  84. Manhattan Beach Post
  85. Rice Bar
  86. The Bellwether
  87. The Playground
  88. Colonia Publica
  89. Attari Sandwich Shop
  90. Irenia
  91. Tsujita
  92. Gjusta
  93. Garlic & Chives
  94. Valentino
  95. Mariscos Jaliscos
  96. Union
  97. Sapp Coffee Shop
  98. Mayura
  99. Howlin’ Ray’s
  100. Marouch
  101. Langer’s

#2

Vespertine’s staying in business now.


#3

Fucking ridiculous.


#4

Where’s Margarita’s ???


#5

I blame @PorkyBelly’s stunning courtroom drawing. :stuck_out_tongue: Clearly the courtroom drawing was so amazing, so resplendent, so evocative of the experience of being on the alien-forward spaceship, that it subconsciously influenced J Gold’s brain upon viewing, like an earworm playing out over and over in his head.

Thus #1 ranking. :wink: :smile:

(j/k)


#6

Vespertine is quixotic, I’ll grant you that. But it has ZERO replay value.


#7

#10 Rossoblu
#17 Bestia

Perhaps he does not mean to rank the list?


#8

If that were true he (or the editor) would’ve alpha sorted it.


#9

Joke of a list, no Felix or Dialogue. I thouroughly enjoyed Vespertine but at #1 just lol. Although him putting it at #1 creates controversy, which he might’ve done on purpose. Idk I just don’t know…


#10

Yet another sign of JGold’s continued deterioration as a useful critic… I sure hope LA Weekly hires someone good.


#11

I didn’t even catch that at first glance. Two of my best meals this year. No joke.


#12

I’ve only been to 29 of these.


#13

GTFO

This list is a joke


#14

Including Vincenti and excluding Felix is insane.


#15

Holy crap. Gold gave a review where I couldn’t figure out whether he like or hated Vespertine. I wonder if he’s just being contrarian of just trying to stir up controversy, knowing full well a lot of Angelenos want to see that restaurant fail as a punishment for its obnoxiousness. Either way, I love this.

Besha Rodell also gave Vespertine 4 stars before leaving her post at LA Weekly.


#16

He knows exactly what he’s creating with putting this at number 1.


#17

Felix has to be the best Italian in the city.

Maybe country?

And I ain’t even eaten at the damn place.

Kinjiro?

Mori?


#18

That honor goes to Leo.

As in Leo Bulgarini


#19

Cute, but a somewhat limited menu.


#20

No Kali! I’m sure my brain will continue to ID (glaring) omissions in the days to come.