15 of Our Favorite L.A. Dishes From 2015

Lamb's neck at Broken Spanish
Lamb's neck at Broken Spanish
Anne Fishbein

So many great dishes, so little time. After looking back at all the food we covered in 2015, we asked L.A. Weekly writers to share some of their favorite dishes of the year. Here's what came to mind.

Phuket crab curry at Luv2Eat Thai Bistro
Phuket crab curry at Luv2Eat Thai Bistro
Anne Fishbein

Phuket-style crab curry at Luv2Eat Thai Bistro
"Murky, earthy and stained with turmeric, Luv2Eat's crab curry is as wonderfully complex as it is searingly spicy. You pick apart the poached meat from the bisected crab body and toss in a few sprigs of herbs, chopped long beans and daikon pickles. The bouncy rice noodles called kanom jeen are meant to be pulled from a tangled bundle, as you would with one of those packaged mozzarella sticks, and soak up as much liquid as possible." 6660 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 498-5835, luv2eatthai.com. Garrett Snyder

15 of Our Favorite L.A. Dishes From 2015EXPAND
Besha Rodell

Ribeye at Alimento
“At $78, this is one of the great bargains in town. Hear me out: You'd pay at least $78 for a steak of this quality at a steakhouse, and it would probably be a lot smaller than Alimento's 40 ounces. Plus, it wouldn't be accompanied by so much deliciousness: potato fonduta, smoked and roasted mushrooms, and a salsa verde made with parsley and anchovies that lends the whole thing an insanely umami-rich, funky edge. Plus it would feed three people, easily.” 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake; (323) 928-2888, alimentola.com. —Besha Rodell

15 of Our Favorite L.A. Dishes From 2015
Jim Thurman

Bo lan zi from Lao Xi Noodle House
"This is a dish from China's Shanxi Province that's made with shredded potatoes lightly coated in flour and stir-fried in sesame oil with some vegetables (including a few dried red peppers for kick). It's a bit home fries, a bit potatoes O'Brien and a bit hash brown (without the browning), but like the best version of all of those put together." 600 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia; (626) 348-2290. —Jim Thurman

Lamb's neck at Broken Spanish
Lamb's neck at Broken Spanish
Anne Fishbein

Lamb Neck Tamales at Broken Spanish
"Bite into Ray Garcia’s lamb neck tamales at Broken Spanish and soft cornmeal masa gives way to saucy, tender-braised lamb neck meat. Chopped king oyster mushrooms and a sprinkling of queso Oaxaca give the already succulent dish that extra nuance for which Garcia is known." 1050 S. Flower St., downtown; (213) 749-1460, brokenspanish.com. —Heather Platt

Scallop and black truffle at Maude
“I was lucky enough to get to Maude for this month's black truffle dinner, and the standout of the night was a dish of raw scallop, hazelnut and black truffle. It was at once earthy, oceanic, nutty and sweet, and utterly, utterly elegant.” 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 859-3418, mauderestaurant.com—B.R.

15 of Our Favorite L.A. Dishes From 2015
Susan Park

Nutella Pizza at 786 Degrees
"Competitive pizza chef Ali Haider developed this off-menu dessert at his all-halal, Neapolitan-style pizzeria in Sun Valley with his sons in mind. It might be the best Nutella dessert we've ever had." 8879 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley; (818) 939-6566, 786degrees.com—Susan Park



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