LA Times - 101 Best Restaurants 2021

Preview of 101 list being released Dec 7th. Congrats to needle and holy basil

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All Day Baby
Alta Adams
Ammatoli
Anajak Thai
Angry Egret Dinette
Antico Nuovo
A.O.C.
The Arthur J
Badmaash
Bar Amá
Bavel
Bestia
Birdie G’s
Burritos La Palma
Cassia
Chifa
Chi Spacca
Connie & Ted’s
Crossroads Kitchen
Los Dorados
Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen
Evil Cooks
Felix
5 Stars Hue
Flavors From Afar
Forn Al Hara
For the Win
Found Oyster
Gish Bac
Gjelina
Grand Central Market
Guelaguetza
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayato
Heritage Barbecue
Hippo
Holbox
Holy Basil
Hotville Chicken
Jiang Nan Spring
Jitlada
Jon & Vinny’s
Joy
Kali
Kato
Katsu Sando
Kismet
Knife Pleat
Kobee Factory
Konbi
Lalibela
Langer’s
Lunasia
Macheen at Milpa Grille
Majordomo
Mariscos Jalisco
Mayura
Meals by Genet
Mini Kabob
Mi Ranchito Veracruz
Mizlala
Moo’s Craft Barbecue
Morihiro
Needle
n/naka
Northern Thai Food Club
Orsa & Winston
Osteria Mozza
Otium
Park’s BBQ
Pasjoli
Pearl River Deli
Perle
Petite Peso
Petit Trois
Phenakite
Pho 79
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
Pizzana
Post & Beam
Providence
RĂ©publique
Rossoblu
El Ruso
Rustic Canyon
Shin Sushi
Sichuan Impression
Skaf’s
Soban
Sonoratown
Spoon & Pork
Sun Nong Dan
Surawon Tofu House
Sushi Kaneyoshi
Taco Maria
Tamales Elena y Antojitos
Taste of Tehran
Tsubaki
Tsujita
Woodspoon
Yang’s Kitchen

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Any surprise new places or omissions?

I like that he included PRD despite it being in the throes of moving. And the alphabetical sort.

shibumi
angler
vespertine :poop: :face_vomiting: :poop:

congratulations to sushi kaneyoshi, 5 stars hue and @hppzz

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Lol why me? Looks like 5 stars took golden deli’s spot. They better up their game because golden delight looks poised to be best Vietnamese in SGV

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Lets be honest, was Golden Deli even noteworthy among SGV Vietnamese places? Never understood the hype.

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Their rice paper egg rolls are great and it helps to be one of jgolds favorite spots… most things on the menu are solid, you could do a lot worse for Vietnamese in the SGV…but destination worthy? Ehh

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+1
Average at best

lol all this list does is remind me of how much I miss jonathan gold.

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Most of the list IS Jonathan Gold. I looked up some places that I didn’t recognize and almost all had been on his previous 101 lists. And the bulk of the rest were his, too.

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How was Angler not on the list? Who would you replace to put on the list? I am actually surprised because it’s still one of my favorite restaurants and I recently had a really great meal there. Personally, i would take Rossoblu out and replace it with Angler

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I am looking forward to reading the copy.
Bladdison has (largely) been MIA, as far as features and reviewing , for the past few months while working on this.

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Tsubaki is a bit of a head-scratcher for me.
It’s good, but I find many dishes average - standard izakaya chow,with some “elevated” dishes/ingredients to bolster the prices, IMHO. Shibumi, Shunji, Hero, n/naka etc are doing much more delicious and creative things with modern izakaya.

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Replace Hotville and Sonoratown with Howlin Ray and Tire Shop

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Sun Nong Dan is mediocre and expensive at best for me. Their kalbi jjim with cheese and pieces of sliced brisket instead of big on the bone short rib is a travesty. No thanks. Plenty of other much better Korean places that could have been chosen.

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I like the concept of Chifa but some of you said execution is not there….anyone been recently?

I think it’s cool they included Little Arabia, Little Saigon, and Cambodia Town with Forn Al Hara, Pho 79, and the Shack respectively. I think Pho 79 has always made it to this list to my knowledge.

When did that change happen? I remember it with bone-in at Koreatown and both SGV locations.

I haven’t been to the original location in years, but the one i used to frequent was the one in San Gabriel (on Las Tunas) and yes, that one went terribly downhill for me. they used to have the bone short rib and it got replaced with thin pieces of meat and beef ribs which had little to no meat on them.

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Poor Shunji.

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