Somehow, word that June is my birthday month leaked to every major-to-me food publication because apparently, they all got together for lunch without me and planned a month of coordinated surprise birthday gifts for me.
Birthday gifts! For me! Little Delicious me!
They each gave me that one perfect thing that only a truly “special” – and by “special” I mean “needs to wear a helmet when using spreadsheets” – girl could love and appreciate – lists. How did they know how utterly listgeeky I am? How did they know I’d softly clap my hands together and softly squeal a gleeful *eek!* I feel so honored that the entire world of food media went to such great lengths to not only twitter each other their plans, but plan it without my knowing. How did I miss their twitters?! I am @twitter twentyfouralways insta-navelcasting the fuzziest minutia of my pathitc bloggy life!
Me-niverse? What’s that?
I have now seen no less than three LA restaurant lists published this month. First the LA Times West Magazine's Fresh List, then the beloved 99, and now Epicurious. I’ve also seen no more than three, so basically, I’ve seen three. It seems that June is the month when all food magazines, newspapers, and mega food sites publish some form of a dining edition that may or may not contain one or more of the title words “annual,” “pull-out,” “special,” and “centerfold.” Restaurant hot lists all printed in June for my Birthday Month!
They shoudn’t have!
Really, some of them shouldn’t have.
That’s not to say that Epicurious’s Los Angeles Restaurant List is one of those that should not have. LA Times’ SIV is a consulting correspondent for the selections, so the short list of 29 restaurants isn’t unfamiliar. It's worth noting that Wolfgang Puck made the list twice. I was a little surprised that Epicurious specifically called out Burger Joints as a whole category, ignoring other categories that are much more robust in LA, e.g. sushi, Chinese, or Mexican. For some reason, it feels like there is some ulterior motive with this list, but I can’t figure out what it is.
When I have a chance, I’ll eventually cull together my very own Delicious List from the various lists I have as well. Until that day when I can quit my time-sucking, life-sucking and just plain sucking commitments that pay for my existence and can rely only on my devastatingly good looks and great taste to live a glamorous, global gourmet life, I’ll just have fun picking at others’ lists.
**For some reason, this list does not appear on the newly re-designed Epicurious.com. I suspect that they rolled out the new site without fully rolling over all their archived content. Aren't we lucky to have such a quick little listgeek like me?!?
High End - of which, the only one to which I have gone is Spago
Cut @ The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
“Celebrities aside, the true star of this show is the superrich and superexpensive Kobe beef”
218 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
"Expressions of pleasure, though, may turn to winces once the bill comes"
Patina @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
141 South Grand Ave, Downtown
5955 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
"the grown-up haven of Providence is divine intervention"
401 North La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood
"where body-consciousness warps into fear of butter, salt, and flavor, Sona is all about no-holds-barred seasonings and unexpected combinations"
Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
"simple dishes transformed, like lobster with a sprightly, fresh asparagus purée"
8385 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
"poor man's Matsuhisa"
Loteria Grill @ Farmers Market - and yep, love Loteria Grill!
Stall 322, LA Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd St, West Hollywood
"dishes like tortilla soup and potato tacos are cheap and authentic"
Luna Park - been there many times, post pending
672 South La Brea Ave, Miracle Mile
"sophisticated entrées that, at about $15, are a steal"
487 North Western Ave, Koreatown
"cook your own meats, from thinly sliced beef to pork marinated in garlic and sesame oil"
10801 West Pico Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA
"steak burgers piled high with fixings (everything you'd expect, minus the tomato) and hickory burgers drenched in barbecue sauce"
The Counter - yep, been to The Counter!
2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
, CA 90403
"overstuffing your burger with oh-so-So-Cal options like sun-dried tomato jus and avocado"
Fatburger - been there, but not recently enough to appear on The Delicious Life
7450 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
"burgers are thicker, juicier, and more peppery, and you get to choose between "skinny" and "fat" fries"
Father's Office - been there, but I can't stand the place
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
"thick, juicy patty is topped with blue cheese, arugula, and caramelized onions"
HOT SPOTS - Hot Right Now
Pizzeria Mozza - been there, post pending
641 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
"exceptional pizzas, topped with ingredients like zucchini blossoms and burrata, or salami and wild nettles
Ford's Filling Station - been there, but post still pending
9531 Culver Blvd, Culver City
"grown-up comfort food, such as crunchy fried Ipswich clams, split pea soup spiked with bits of ham hock, and a burger topped with oozing Point Reyes blue cheese"
750 Garland St.
"alumnus of A.O.C. and Patina applies a kumquat-chile sauce to tender squid and noodlelike strands of salsify"
Fraîche - been there, post pending
9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City
masterful pasta, which gets stuffed with sheep's-milk ricotta and bitter greens or tossed with sweet bay scallops and orange zest
The Foundry - been there, post pending
7463 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
"a small, often-changing menu of quirky but refined dishes"
HOT SPOTS - Forever Hip
8221 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
"you might rub elbows with the likes of Benicio del Toro"
Dan Tana's - been there, but not recently. it's okay.
9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
"this local landmark, serving Martinis and red sauce since 1964, remains one of a kind"
113 North Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills
“where the stars go when they want/need to be seen making deals, making friends, or breaking up.”
Table 8 - been there! post pending!
7661 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
Musso & Frank Grill - been there, but haven't written it up yet
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood
6654 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood