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These LA Restaurants Would Be Worthy of the World's 50 Best

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But they're not on there

World's Fifty Best, 2016
World's Fifty Best, 2016
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 World's 50 Best, which just came out with their latest edition of heralded restaurants last night, hates Los Angeles, and loves New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Thanks for nothing. That's fine, we'll stick to our restaurants. But, if LA could happily submit some places for the most self-aggrandizing listicle in the world, how about these spots:

OK, so you might say that it's pretty tough to get on the list. One could also say that the voting and ranking system is ridiculous. How does a place like Gaggan go from number ten in the world down to number 23? How does Alinea remain in the top twenty despite being open for only part of the last year? If you're going to make the argument that a place must serve extremely expensive tasting menus, then why is NYC's Estela (sporting an a la carte menu) on the list at 44?

The simple truth is that the World's 50 Best doesn't think LA has great restaurants. The James Beard Awards woke up this year. It's time for the #worlds50best to wake up too. Do you have any other nominations for LA's World's 50 Best entry? Hit the comments.

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716 North Highland Avenue, , CA 90038 (323) 484-8588 Visit Website


212 South Beverly Drive, , CA 90212 (310) 859-3519 Visit Website


5955 Melrose Avenue, , CA 90038 (323) 460-4170 Visit Website


218 North Rodeo Drive, , CA 90210 (310) 247-8939 Visit Website


3455 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (310) 836-6252 Visit Website