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.
Q: Were there any restaurants that you broke up with in 2010 (places you stopped going to)?
Lindsay William-Ross, LAist: We only had a brief, anti-climactic fling, but I don't need to get cozy with Red O every again. I'd say "it's not you, it's me," but I'd totally be lying.
Jeff Miller, Thrillist: Nah. I'm one of those guys that's still in touch with all his exes :).
Neil Kohan, Food Marathon: Hirozen.
Barbara Fairchild, former E-I-C Bon Appetit: Nothing really comes to mind.
Cathy Chaplin, Gastronomy: Nope.
Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch: Panda Express and Baja Fresh. Maybe "broke up" is a strong word. Let's just say the three of us were hot and heavy for many years, but definitely cooled off a bit in 2010. I will, however, admit that the occasional drunk sexting is unavoidable.
Kevin (whose last name will remain undisclosed), kevinEats: Fortunately no.
Brad A. Johnson, Angeleno: Valentino and BLT Steak, and I’m very sad about both.
Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly restaurant critic: An entire year without a visit to a drive-thru window - that's got to mean something, right?
Josh Lurie, Food GPS: I stopped going to dozens of restaurants in 2010. Los Angeles has so many options at all levels that mediocrity shouldn’t be tolerated.
Heather John, contributing editor Bon Appetit: The Hump in Santa Monica and I sadly parted ways, for political reasons. Also, in my hometown, Taylor’s Refresher (where I ate 50-cent corndogs as a kid) and I briefly took a “break” earlier this year when it changed its name after 61 years to Gott’s Roadside. BUT! Following a whirlwind, rekindled romance over the holidays during which I was indulged with extra contraband garlicky green aioli for the chile-dusted sweet potato fries, Gott’s and I are totally back together. Like, totally.
Galarza: First & Hope, Bouchon, Mendocino Farms.
Odell: Unfortunately, had some lackluster meals at Angelini Osteria, Mori, and Pizzeria Mozza (don't shoot me!). Haven't been back to any of the aforementioned.