The close of 2010 is upon us, and as is the tradition here at Eater, we've surveyed a variety of bloggers, writers, and industry types to comment on the LA dining scene over the past 12 months — as well as what diners in our fair city might expect to see in the year to come. The results will run in this space throughout the week from Meal of the Year to Top Standbys. But we want you, dear readers, to share your voice, too, so don't forget the comments.
1+1 Dumpling House, West Covina.
Q: What was LA's best dining neighborhood in 2010?
Heather John: contributing editor Bon Appetit: I have a soft spot for downtown LA. Lazy Ox Canteen, Daikokuya, Sushi Gen, R23, Kagaya—I love Japanese—and then the French dips at Philippe’s and Cole’s, and the Belgian beer, sausages and frites at Wurstkuche.
Cathy Chaplin, Gastronomy: Hands down, The SGV.
Brad Metzger, restaurant recruiter Restaurant Solutions: Santa Monica.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Downtown might have built on their strong 2009 performance, but 2010
has to belong to Culver City/Palms. (And I'm not just saying that because I live there.) Chego, Waterloo & City, A-Frame, and Scoops Westside... and those are just the new places.
Brad A. Johnson, Angeleno: Mid City/WeHo.
Barbara Fairchild, former E-I-C Bon Appetit: per capita, it's still Downtown LA.
Kevin (last name to remain undisclosed), kevinEats: The West side, the Best side.
Josh Lurie, Food GPS: Koreatown started to get some separation from other eating neighborhoods in L.A. proper. A lot of people probably associate Korean restaurants with tabletop grills and smoke-filled rooms, but the depth of our Korean cuisine is amazing, including house-made noodle houses, restaurants specializing in pork neck soup, dumpling dens and much more.
Jeff Miller, Thrillist: I'll stick with the mid Wilshire/Beverly Hills adjacent hood -- too many great restaurants to count.
Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly restaurant critic: As always, San Gabriel.
Hadley Tomicki, Grub Street: KTown.
Galarza: Fairfax District, with it's wide variety of stand-bys, and convenient location to other parts of the city. Plus, it's my 'hood.
Odell: SGV, though Culver City is coming along nicely.