100 Favorite Dishes

85: Truffle Honey-Laced Fried Chicken at Manhattan Beach Post

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Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

84: Truffle Honey-Laced Fried Chicken at Manhattan Beach Post.

When David LeFevre decamped to this sleepy Manhattan Beach space from downtown's Water Grill, a place better known for expense-account oysters and anniversary king crab, it was probably the most transformative occurrence since the city started hosting the 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament in 1961 (discounting the opening of Sharkeez, of course). Not only did the beach cities finally have a restaurant of national culinary note on their hands, but they netted a damn fun place to eat, too.

Manhattan Beach Post has come to be known as one of the better brunch spots in town, a place where you can supplement a weekend trip to the beach with a few rich bacon cheddar biscuits smeared with maple butter. The thing that has become the restaurant's dish of the moment is probably the fried chicken, a plate of crispy, glistening poultry drizzled with a sweet perfumed sauce that sticks to your fingers and permeates every drop of juice that spurts from the supple meat. It's down-home yet upscale, and isn't dissimilar from what you'd find at Honey's Kettle a few miles away in Compton. The crunchy multicolored kohlrabi slaw that comes on the side? That's pure bikini food.

Check out the rest of our 100 of our favorite dishes. Suggestion? Write us a comment.

100: Lukshon's Dan Dan Noodles

99: Cemita de Milanesa at Cemitas Poblanos Elviritas #1

98: Chichen Itza's Cochinita Pibil

97: Tsukemen at Tsujita L.A.

96: La Cevicheria's Bloody Clam Ceviche

95: Duck Shawarma at Momed

94: Peruvian Chicken at Pollo a la Brasa

93: Squash Blossom Quesadilla at Antojitos Carmen

92: Thai Boat Noodles at Pa-Ord

91: Baco Mercat's Bazole.

90: Furikake Kettle Corn at A-Frame

89: Live Santa Barbara Spot Prawns at Providence.

88: Fried Pig Tails at Night + Market

87: Egg Salad Sandwich at Euro Pane

86: Galbi Jjim at Soban

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