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100 Favorite Dishes

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: The Whole Menu

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Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Brisket Banh Mi at Gjelina Take Away - G. SNYDER
  • G. Snyder
  • Brisket Banh Mi at Gjelina Take Away
Over the past few months, you've watched us catalog our 100 Favorite Dishes. Catalog being a lovely term meaning eating our way across this town, well, even more than usual. And because we thought you might want a better way to access these, we've collected all one hundred into one piece, a menu if you will.

Turn the page for all 100 dishes. Or, if you're feeling really organized, you can download and print out our 100 Favorite Dishes menu via pdf file. Tape it on your refrigerator, or maybe to the dashboard of your car. Just the thing to look at when you're stuck on the 10 in miserable traffic, right?

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Want to find which of our 100 Favorite Dishes is closest to you? Not that you don't know where Lukshon or Chichen Itza or Hatfield's or Animal are, but still -- it's nice to know that the folks at Cupertino Mountain View are still hard at work controlling the world. Check out our Google Map. Turn the page...

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

1: Spago's Veal Filet Mignon Tartare

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Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Spago's veal tartare - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • Spago's veal tartare
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

1: Spago's Veal Filet Mignon Tartare.

When it arrives at your table, Wolfgang Puck's iteration of veal tartare may look more like a Sally Mann photograph than your dinner. But inside the twin marrow bones is not, well, marrow, but the centerpiece of a beautifully orchestrated dish. A perfect dice of raw veal -- neither too coarse nor too fine, the mistake some chefs make with tartare -- is topped with a thin layer of smoked mascarpone, a visual reference to the fine strata of fat that comes atop many ramekins of pâté.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Philly cheesesteak at the Bazaar - B. RODELL
  • B. Rodell
  • The Philly cheesesteak at the Bazaar
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

2. Philly Cheesesteak at The Bazaar.

Aside from "spatchcock," it's possible there's no better word in the culinary lexicon than "espuma." At least if you have the sense of humor of an 8-year-old boy, which we do. And what's better than the word "espuma" than being told by a waiter, repeatedly, that you need to eat this dish over a plate because the cheddar espuma will likely rupture from your "air bread" and spill out uncontrollably?

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

3: Roasted Kabocha Squash at Lucques

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Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Roasted kabocha squash at Lucques - B. RODELL
  • B. Rodell
  • Roasted kabocha squash at Lucques
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

3. Roasted Kabocha Squash at Lucques.

The fall salad is a fairly ubiquitous menu item, and one of those things that's a safe bet almost anywhere you go. There will be some squash and nut elements, perhaps some pomegranate, a cheese of some sort, and usually a flurry of greens that don't do much in the way of harm or excitement.

It's dishes like these, that are an easy sell and good enough, that often miss out on the chance to truly shine. But at Lucques, chef Suzanne Goin's lovely, grown-up yet laid back West Hollywood restaurant, the best dish during a recent meal was just that: a beautifully elevated fall salad.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

4: Butterscotch Budino at Mozza

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Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Mozza's butterscotch budino at the 2012 Gold Standard - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Mozza's butterscotch budino at the 2012 Gold Standard
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

4: Butterscotch Budino at Mozza.

There are many, many reasons to spend time at the glorious food complex that is Mozza on the corner of Melrose and Highland. The fennel sausage pizza. The porchetta (!). Salumi Thursdays. The pizza classes. The myriad bowls of pasta at the Osteria. The many incarnations of the stunning gelato. The gingerbread pigs. (One could go on.) But maybe the best dish on the menu, or at least the one that would engender the most uproar if it was ever removed, is the butterscotch budino. Pastry chef Dahlia Narvaez's dessert is neither ground-breaking nor anything assembled from foams or wacky foodist techniques. Basically it's just a butterscotch pudding, albeit an extraordinary one.

In Narvaez's hands, the pudding -- which at Mozza goes by the appropriately Italian name of budino -- is more a study in caramel than it is an ordinary pudding. Topped with a thick strata of salted caramel and a spoonful of whipped crème fraîche, the dish also comes with a few rosemary-pine nut cornmeal cookies. Again, both a simple cookie and far more than the sum of its parts.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

5: Crispy Pig Head at Animal

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Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Crispy pig head at Animal - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Crispy pig head at Animal
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

5. Crispy Pig Head at Animal.

A certain brand of excess has quite rightly given Animal a reputation as a purveyor of dude food: meat-heavy, no-holds-barred, calorific glory. But the true secret to Jon Shook and Vinny Dototlo's success is actually the lightness with which they present their ingredients, giving fat-dense components a delicate touch, and enough acid to make every dish balanced and delicious.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mole de los Dioses at Rocio's Mole de los Dioses - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • Mole de los Dioses at Rocio's Mole de los Dioses
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

6. Mole de los Dioses at Rocio's Mole de los Dioses.

This colorful Sun Valley restaurant, tucked into a small strip mall off of I-5, has many menu items that might lure you out there. The aguas frescas are fantastic. The empanadas, made with vibrant green nopales (cactus) masa, are savory and delicious. The spicy guacamole, made with serrano pepper and passion fruit, is as good as it sounds. But there's really one reason you've come to Rocio's: the moles.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

7: Water-Boiled Fish at Chung King

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Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

water-boiled fish at Chung King - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • water-boiled fish at Chung King
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

7. Water-Boiled Fish at Chung King.

There are many excellent reasons to head down San Gabriel Blvd., although maybe not if you're former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. Probably the best reason of all is to eat at Chung King, the much-lauded Sichuan restaurant that looks more like a tiny laundromat than it does the best Sichuan restaurant in America, at least according to a recent somewhat emotional -- who knew "tonguegasm" was a word -- story in The New York Times.

You may or may not agree with that accolade, but I'm certainly not arguing against it, having last year eaten at Chung King roughly eighteen times over a 6-week period, or the duration of a severe cold when the only thing that tasted good, or really tasted at all, was the Sichuan peppercorn and chile-laced cuisine dosed out at this particular restaurant.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

100 Favorite Dishes

8: Smoked Salmon with Mango at Kiriko

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Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Smoked salmon with mango - VIA KIRIKO
  • via Kiriko
  • Smoked salmon with mango
Celebrating this year's Best of L.A. issue -- now out in print and online -- we're counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

8: Smoked Salmon with Mango at Kiriko.

Few itamae balance the stylings of modern and classic sushi with the flair of Kiriko's Ken Namba. Some nights there will be plump tomato geleé or pale lozenges of skipjack topped with yuzu rind and shaved pink sea salt. He might even surprise you with a bowl of cooked tuna mashed with bits of okra, green onion and grated yamaimo, a dish that would be well received at any PTA potluck.

Kiriko is a place where it pays to be a regular -- that albacore sashimi with ponzu jelly from one night might transform into a seared filet dusted with fried garlic the next. Of course, sitting at the gorgeously rough-hewn sushi bar, all dark and mahogany, with Namba calmly doting overhead is reason enough to inspire regular visits.

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