Bill Esparza, Food Writer
Cassia, Bestia, Coni'Seafood, Night+Market Song, and Carnitas El Momo. These were my top places to dine and entertain when friends and family came to town, or to meet up with locals.
Oren Peleg, Eater LA Contributor
Over ten years in and I'm still in awe of Wood Spoon downtown. If I'm just looking for something comfortable and consistently good, that's my place. Black Cat in Silver Lake is another reliable standby. Good food, good drinks, lively environment: it's as close to feeling like you're in a friend's living room as a restaurant gets.
Brigham Yen, DTLA Rising
Miro is fantastic.
Esther Tseng, Eater LA Contributor
Pine & Crane, Petit Trois, Baroo, DeSano, HomeState, Dinosaur Coffee
Sarah Gim, The Delicious Life
Kali, Here's Looking at You
Lesley Balla, Zagat, Angeleno
I don't really remember eating anywhere twice, but my Instagram feed (@LesleyLA) tells me I was at Wexler's and Grand Central Market, Everson Royce Bar (that burger!), Ricky's Fish Tacos, Tsujita, Rose Cafe-Restaurant and Gjusta a couple times each. Go-tos in Pasadena are Daisy Mint, Roma Market for "the sandwich," Tender Greens, and Matsuri and Sugarfish for sushi.
Jeff Miller, Senior City Editor, Thrillist
I probably ate the most this year — again — at Robata Jinya, which is up the street from my apartment and is delicious. Every time I drove by Baroo and wasn't headed anywhere else, I stopped in, because, uh, it's amazing. And I rediscovered Iroha in the valley this year and had a number of great meals there as well — I think bang-for-your-buck wise it may be my favorite sushi in LA.
Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly Food Editor
Isaan Station, for some of the most interesting Thai food in a city known for Thai food. Tender Greens — best mashed potatoes in the game.
Eddie Lin, Food Writer
Terrine for consistently good service, cocktails and food. Vege Paradise for unparalleled Chinese vegetarian cuisine. Hop Woo in Chinatown when I need a solid hangover cure, exotic plate (from armadillo soup to fried testicles) or an aphrodisiacal meal made by an old school Hong Kong chef. After a day of shopping, I want Slaw Dogs at the Village in Topanga Westfield for over-the-top wieners, especially the TNT Super Dog! Humble Bee is a Valley secret spot that makes a homey breakfast I always crave. China Red's a top notch dim sum palace that doesn't disappoint. I never say no to Tsujita's tsukemen and tonkotsu ramen, however should cut back in 2017 if I want to fit in that swimsuit.
Caroline Pardilla, Eater LA Contributor
Terrine, Here's Looking at You, Little Fatty (at Accomplice), Salt's Cure
Josh Scherer, Food Writer
Sotto, Night + Market, and Coni'Seafood. I can't totally explain why, but these were the three restaurants I found myself going back to over and over and over in 2016. Chicken liver ragu, grilled pork neck, and ceviche marinero probably had something to do with it. Oh, and Lodge Bread Co. Always Lodge Bread Co.
Jim Thurman, Eater LA Contributor
Old Country Cafe, Yunnan Garden, LaoXi Noodle House, Shanxi Noodle House, Shen Yang (San Gabriel)
Katrina Yentch, Eater LA Contributor
Sqirl in Silver Lake, Tsujita, Shojin in Little Tokyo, Sanamluang Cafe in Hollywood, Ramen Champ in Chinatown, Guisados Echo Park, Seabirds Kitchen in Costa Mesa
Nicole Iizuka, POPSUGAR Senior Producer
When I'm craving sushi — Sushi Gen or Sushi Go 55 (which has the added benefit of playing arcade Mario Kart at X Lanes while we wait). When all I need is cheese & charcuterie in my life — Wally's Beverly Hills & Cannibal. When seafood calls my name - Oysters at EMC Seafood & Nikki's secret seasoned lobster rolls from Knuckle & Claw. When I just want someone to feed me delicious breakfast things — avocado toast at Stir Market & eggs Benedict pizza at Faith & Flower. When I've had a bad day and only Asian food will make me happy — Kanpai Ramen & Nguyen's sweet balls in my mouth from Button Mash. And when the sweet tooth craving hits hard — ponchiks from Art's Bakery and pretty much anything Barb makes at B Sweet!
Hadley Tomicki, UrbanDaddy
Coni'Seafood, A-Frame, Matsuhisa, Guelaguetza, Monte Alban, Mariscos Jalisco, Jae Bu Do, Fu Rai Bo
Crystal Coser, Eater LA Associate Editor
Norah, Republique, Din Tai Fung, AOC, In-N-Out, Myung Dong Kyoja
Farley Elliott, Eater LA Senior Editor
Pine & Crane, Mini Kabob, Republique, Dinosaur Coffee, HomeState, Rose Cafe
Matthew Kang, Eater LA Editor
Bar Ama, Ledlow, Sotto, Seongbukdong, Jon & Vinny’s, Tikifish, Lodge Bread Co., Guerrilla Tacos, anything at Smorgasburg, Tacos Leo, Tacos Tamix, B.S. Taqueria, Apple Pan, Sapp Coffee Shop, Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, Kobawoo, Hamasaku, Republique, Cassell’s Hamburgers, Jones, and of course, Baroo.