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The Hypothetical Los Angeles Michelin Guide, 2016

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

Q Sushi, Downtown LA
Elizabeth Daniels
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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:


Two stars:

Trois Mec (upgraded)
Providence (upgraded)
Q Sushi
Sushi Zo (upgraded)
Nozawa Bar (upgraded)

One star:

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

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