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(5) WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD DID YOU WANT TO TAP IN '06? WHAT ONE IN '07?
Lonny Pugh, editor in chief and dining guru, LA.com: Koreatown and Little Tokyo remain, for me, shamefully underexplored. In 2007, lots of ink will continue to be spilled on cities Culver and Century.
Anne Alderete, Tuna Toast, or as some might know her, Tokyoastrogirl: I'll say Hollywood. So many new restaurants sprung up and I haven't had time to try them all. I've been to Dakota, 25 Degrees and Magnolia but have yet to try Citizen Smith, Lucky Devils, Hungry Cat, eat or Memphis.
Rosie O'Neill, Colleen Cuisine: 2006: West Hollywood (3rd/Beverly/Melrose) or Little Toyko. 2007: Little Ethiopia (Fairfax)
Pat Saperstein, Eating L.A.: For 2006, Downtown. I still haven't checked out Royal Clayton's, Blue Velvet, Tiara or all the other places that opened this year, but it looks like there might be life in the old central city yet. For 2007: Can the San Gabriel Valley be considered a neighborhood? If so, the communities of Monterey Park, San Gabriel and Arcadia offer an array of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants that would take years to thoroughly explore.
LB: The same answer for both questions. Any neighborhood that's flush with ethnic eateries: Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Sawtelle, Little Ethiopia, San Gabriel Valley, etc.
· The Year in Eater LA Part 1: Top Newcomers [Eater LA]
· The Year in Eater LA Part 2: Top Standbys for '06 [Eater LA]
· The Year in Eater LA Part 3: Favorite Meal [Eater LA]
· The Year in Eater LA Part 4: Biggest Surprise [Eater LA]