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The Hypothetical Los Angeles Michelin Guide, 2016

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Another install of fan fiction-style Michelin ratings from Eater LA staff

Q Sushi, Downtown LA
Elizabeth Daniels

The Michelin Guide has continued to eschew Los Angeles after departing town in 2009. During their two-year stint in the city of Angels, the Michelin Guide awarded two stars to the likes of Spago, Urasawa, Melisse, and Providence. What’s even more maddening is that Washington D.C. landed their version of the Michelin Guide for the first time this year.

Last year, I wrote a hypothetical guide that re-listed a lot of the places that were rated in the 2009 guide, plus added plenty of my own spots. While chefs like Curtis Stone would like the Red Guide to make a return to the City of Angels, we’ll have to contend with Eater LA’s staff opinions for now. Just a repeat: these stars are completely hypothetical and based on our experience with dining around the city and the country.

While you’ll most likely disagree with us, if you have any feedback, hit the comments below with some of your own suggestions. And with this list, do you think the Michelin Guide should return to L.A.?

Three stars:

N/Naka

Two stars:

Spago
Shunji
Trois Mec (upgraded)
Providence (upgraded)
Melisse
Maude
Q Sushi
Sushi Zo (upgraded)
Nozawa Bar (upgraded)

One star:

Animal
AOC (newly listed)
The Bazaar
Bestia
Broken Spanish (newly listed)
Cassia (newly listed)
Craft
Cut
Gjelina (newly listed)
Gwen (newly listed)
Here’s Looking at You (newly listed)
Kiriko
Ink
Le Comptoir
Lukshon
Mori Sushi (newly listed)
Night + Market Song
Osteria Mozza (newly listed)
Orsa & Winston
Republique
Shibumi (newly listed)
Spring (newly listed)
Son of a Gun (newly listed)
Sotto
Szechuan Impression (newly listed)
Taco Maria
The Tasting Kitchen

Unlisted: Rustic Canyon, Redbird, Kiyokawa, Sushi Park, Urasawa (presumably closed, or at least temporarily closed)

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