To close out 2007, Eater once again invited many of our favorite food correspondents to join us in assessing the year's best eats, biggest surprises, and favorite neighborhoods for dining out. We'll begin celebrating the Year in Eater 2007 with a look at the Meals of the Year, Good and Bad.
Bastide, Alen Lin, 9/14/07
Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly: A perfect sustainable-beef hot dog with Parsi-pickled pimientos de padron at the Let's Be Frank cart. My needs are simple.
Kris Keith, restuarant/lounge designer, Spacecraft Design: Canele in Atwater Village. Every single meal is extraordinary! The best salt cod and roast chicken in the world. And, they're nice.
Jiyeon Yoo, dining editor, Metromix: It wasn't by design, but this year was the year of tasting menus for me: Providence, Grace, Hatfield's, Bastide, even French Laundry (whew, the calories from those meals alone!).
Jerry Prendergast, restaurant consultant, Prendergast & Associates: A steak dinner at CUT... with great wines form Dana.. and Great food from Lee.
Lonny Pugh, editor UrbanDaddy LA: Stopping into V-Vin Bar, the new wine bar at the entrance of Valentino, to taste the new menu during the dry-run phase. Something about the convergence of the long day beforehand, the excellent food and wine in an empty little room, the sense of discovery...loved it.
Jeff Miller, editor, Thrillist LA: Multi-course dinner at Amarone Kitchen and Wine -- absolutely amazing
Pat Saperstein, Eating L.A.: A tie between octopus and orrechiete at Mozza and soft shell crab and stuffed fish balls at Jitlada.
H.C., LA & OC Foodventures: Providence's Tasting Menu.
Katherine Spiers, LA city editor, Gridskipper: Bastide - Not that every one of the seven courses blew my mind. But a good number of them were fantastic, and the ambiance is lovely.
Lesley, Eater LA: Thoroughly enjoyed an impromptu dinner at Tasca. Loved every meal at both Mozzas andComme Ca. Fraiche had me from day one. Wish Bastide and Craft wowed me more, but went to both so early, I need to go back to be fair. The new Table 8 did little for me.
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