Jonathan Gold 101
Patina Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

1. Patina Restaurant

8.7
141 S Grand Ave (Walt Disney Concert Hall), Los Angeles, CA
French Restaurant · Bunker Hill · 23 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The thick wine list at Patina is rich in hidden treasures if you are willing to consider Corbières or Slovenian Pinot Gris instead of Napa Chardonnay. Read more.

Mo-chica is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

2. Mo-chica

514 W 7th St (at Grand Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Peruvian Restaurant · Financial District · 84 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: If you want a pisco sour, you're in the right place: The foamy, tart, lightly bitter version of the Peruvian national cocktail flows like water. Read more.

Comme Ça is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

3. Comme Ça

8479 Melrose Ave (at La Cienega Blvd), West Hollywood, CA
French Restaurant · 61 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Comme Ça is more or less a classic brasserie, with plateaux of chilled seafood, escargots persillade & sautéed skate Grenoblois, except that you can also get a nicely turned Aviation No. 1. Read more.

The Apple Pan is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

4. The Apple Pan

9.0
10801 W Pico Blvd (at Glendon Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Burger Joint · Westside · 313 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: One of L.A.'s greatest culinary legacies is the California lunchroom burger, the multi-layered composition of iceberg lettuce, pickles and slightly underripe tomatoes. Read more.

Border Grill Santa Monica is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

5. Border Grill Santa Monica

1445 4th St (at Broadway), Santa Monica, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Downtown Santa Monica · 81 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Border Grill is the rare mainstream restaurant whose tacos don't make you yearn for a truck parked by an auto-parts junkyard somewhere in East L.A. Read more.

Gjelina is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

6. Gjelina

9.3
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd (at Millwood Ave), Venice, CA
New American Restaurant · Venice · 580 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Gjelina is cheerful, boozy & known for both its good-looking customers & Travis Lett's decent organic-fetish Italian food. The scene may be as crunchy as the pizza crust, but relax: It's Abbot Kinney. Read more.

Providence is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

7. Providence

8.9
5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Seafood Restaurant · Central Hollywood · 95 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Michael Cimarusti’s raw materials come from all over the world, but his sense of seasonality, his easy multicultural flavor palette and his unfussy use of California produce is solidly L.A. Read more.

Dae Bok Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

8. Dae Bok Restaurant

6.8
2010 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Korean Restaurant · Westlake South · 5 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: If you have contemplated a meal of blowfish, your dreams were probably shaped by the popular conception of the notorious fish of death. Here it's the centerpiece of a pleasant evening. Read more.

Ración is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

9. Ración

119 W Green St (at Delacey Ave), Pasadena, CA
Spanish Restaurant · Old Pasadena · 27 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: A nice place to drop in for Basque-inspired tapas: crisp, gooey chicken croquettes; lamb meatballs glazed with caramelized tomato sauce; tiny squid stuffed with duck sausage; or Spanish cured meats. Read more.

Mayura Indian Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

10. Mayura Indian Restaurant

8.3
10406 Venice Blvd (Motor), Culver City, CA
Indian Restaurant · Palms · 45 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Specializes in cooking Kerala: saucer-shaped rice-flour saucers called appam; an obscurely flavored fish curry with undernotes of tamarind and garlic; the peppery, buttery cashew-rice dish ven pongal. Read more.

Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

11. Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses

8255 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Sun Valley · 14 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Get the mole sampler and spend the evening comparing Oaxacan black mole with mellower mole Poblano; with the spicy, smoky mancha manteles; or with the signature mole de los dioses. Read more.

Nickel Diner is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

12. Nickel Diner

9.0
524 S Main St (btwn 5th & 6th St), Los Angeles, CA
Diner · Central City East · 176 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Nickel Diner bakes its own bread, prepares elaborate cakes and maple-bacon doughnuts and makes delicious fried catfish with corn cakes. Don’t miss the Lowrider Burger. Read more.

Musso & Frank Grill is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

13. Musso & Frank Grill

9.0
6667 Hollywood Blvd (at N Cherokee Ave), California
American Restaurant · 126 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Musso's, if you look at it a certain way, is a living museum of 1920s American cuisine: avocado cocktails, crab Louie, jellied consommé, grilled lamb kidneys and Wednesday sauerbraten. Read more.

Fab Hot Dogs is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

14. Fab Hot Dogs

8.9
19417 Victory Blvd (at Tampa Ave), Tarzana, CA
Hot Dog Joint · Reseda · 80 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Get your Carolina-style slaw dogs, Italian dogs, rippers, cremators, Hatch chile dogs—made with artisanal, natural-skin, small-production franks imported from New Jersey. Read more.

Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

15. Kang Ho Dong Baek Jeong

9.4
3465 W 6th St (at Chapman Plaza), Los Angeles, CA
Korean Restaurant · Wilshire Center - Koreatown · 131 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The waiter will show you how to mix a soju bomb. Sobriety is not considered a virtue here. Read more.

Trois Mec is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

16. Trois Mec

8.4
716 N Highland Ave (at Melrose Ave), Los Angeles, CA
New American Restaurant · 41 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Ludovic Lefebvre is one of the greatest pure chefs ever to cook in Los Angeles. Trois Mec is the first place that has ever been his own, like a private club that happens to serve delicious cuisine. Read more.

Chichen Itza Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

17. Chichen Itza Restaurant

9.2
3655 S Grand Ave #C6 (inside Mercado La Paloma), Los Angeles, CA
Mexican Restaurant · South LA · 62 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Their menu is a living, habanero-intensive thesaurus of the panuchos and codzitos, sopa de lima and papadzules, banana-leaf tamales and shark casseroles that make up one of Mexico's spiciest cuisines. Read more.

Spice Table is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

18. Spice Table

114 S Central Ave (at E 1st St), Los Angeles, CA
Vietnamese Restaurant · Little Tokyo · 59 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: It feels a bit like a grand steampunk machine dedicated to turning out roasted bone marrow with laksa leaf, kon loh mee noodles with barbecued pork, grilled lamb belly and fried chicken wings. Read more.

Shunji Japanese Cuisine is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

19. Shunji Japanese Cuisine

8.8
12244 W Pico Blvd (at Bundy Dr), Los Angeles, CA
Japanese Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 28 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Not just a sushi bar. You expect expensive wild sea bream to be treated reverently at a sushi bar. You do not expect the same care to be taken with a carrot. Read more.

Sapp Coffee Shop is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

20. Sapp Coffee Shop

9.1
5183 Hollywood Blvd (at North Kingsley Dr), Los Angeles, CA
Thai Restaurant · Los Feliz · 72 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Sapp's boat noodle soup is magnificent: a musky, blood-thickened beef soup screaming with chile heat; tart lime juice in lockstep with the funkiness of the broth. Read more.

Jitlada Thai Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

21. Jitlada Thai Restaurant

9.1
5233 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Thai Restaurant · Little Armenia · 130 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Try the crunchy fried fish with homegrown turmeric, mango salad lightened with coconut water or soft-shell crab with the legendarily stinky sataw bean. Read more.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

22. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

8.8
9500 Wilshire Blvd ((at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel)), Beverly Hills, CA
Steakhouse · West Los Angeles · 83 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: There’s some delicious meat and seafood here: Wagyu sashimi, bone marrow flan, thinly sliced veal tongue in salsa verde, and real Kyushu beef. Read more.

Spago Beverly Hills is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

23. Spago Beverly Hills

9.0
176 N Canon Dr (at Wilshire Blvd.), Beverly Hills, CA
New American Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 119 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The most famous restaurant in the observable universe, reinvented by Wolfgang Puck and his new chef, Tetsu Yahagi. The thick prime rib steak sings with the flavors of blood, age and char. Read more.

Guelaguetza Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

24. Guelaguetza Restaurant

8.9
3014 W Olympic Blvd (at Normandie Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Wilshire Center - Koreatown · 86 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: At Guelaguetza, you'll find tlayudas, like bean-smeared Oaxacan pizzas, the size of manhole covers; thick tortillas called memelas; and delicious, mole-drenched tamales. Read more.

A.O.C. is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

25. A.O.C.

9.2
8700 W 3rd St (Crescent Heights), Los Angeles, CA
Wine Bar · Mid-City West · 129 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Try the Spanish fried chicken with cumin, pappardelle with nettles and asparagus with lemongrass, and don’t forget the glass of Sancerre. Read more.

Salt's Cure is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

26. Salt's Cure

8.5
1155 N Highland Ave (Lexington), West Hollywood, CA
American Restaurant · Central Hollywood · 94 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: You’re here for an astonishing quantity of meat, charcuterie ranging from potted duck with blueberries to the intense house-cured bacon, and a menu of simple, butcher’s food. Read more.

Red Medicine is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

27. Red Medicine

8400 Wilshire Blvd (at Gale Dr.), Beverly Hills, CA
Vietnamese Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 90 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Chef Jordan Kahn keeps it weird and proud with nominally Vietnamese-based cuisine, and the results are often as delicious as they are startling. Read more.

Jar Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

28. Jar Restaurant

8.2
8225 Beverly Blvd (at Harper Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Steakhouse · Mid-City West · 50 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Specialties include pot roast, Kansas City steaks and an iceberg wedge salad frosted with blue cheese. Don’t forget to try the chicken with kaffir lime leaf, either. Read more.

Mariscos Jalisco is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

29. Mariscos Jalisco

8.9
3040 E Olympic Blvd (at Dacotah St), Los Angeles, CA
Food Truck · Boyle Heights · 43 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Raul Ortega might personally hand you a taco, ask if you want to try a plate of ceviche or aguachile. His signature tacos dorados de camaron, fried tacos with shrimp, are just too formidable. Read more.

Hinoki & The Bird is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

30. Hinoki & The Bird

9.0
10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Japanese Restaurant · Century City · 85 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: A fusion of complex, ritualized Japanese kaiseki cuisine with modern California small-plates cooking, like the black cod served under smoldering sheets of the Japanese cedar hinoki. Read more.

Mélisse is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

31. Mélisse

8.3
1104 Wilshire Blvd (at 11th St), Santa Monica, CA
French Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 46 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The luxury ingredients and luxury prices seem not to dissuade diners who are happy to face down $175 asparagus dinners, showers of truffles and caviar, and even the standard $125 prix fixe. Read more.

Sqirl Kitchen is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

32. Sqirl Kitchen

9.2
720 N Virgil Ave (at Marathon St), Los Angeles, CA
New American Restaurant · East Hollywood · 179 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: We recommend the astonishing "Hamembert" plate with Mangalitsa ham, oozing wedges of Camembert cheese, and an artfully charred length of baguette. Read more.

Bestia is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

33. Bestia

9.5
2121 E 7th Pl (at Santa Fe Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Italian Restaurant · Downtown Los Angeles · 239 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: A restaurant that makes beef-heart tartare seem not only possible but desirable; that makes a craveable specialty of pork boiled with cabbage. Read more.

ink. is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

34. ink.

8360 Melrose Ave (at Kings Rd), Los Angeles, CA
American Restaurant · Mid-City West · 187 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Michael Voltaggio agonizes over every gram of sea-bean chimichurri on the beef tartare, every plate of potato charcoal with crème fraîche and every scoop of wood-smoke ice cream that leaves the line. Read more.

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

35. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

8.3
3939 Rosemead Blvd (Valley Blvd), Rosemead, CA
Chinese Restaurant · 37 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Delivers in every way a seafood house can deliver, with tanks full of spider crabs, exotic reef fish and Santa Barbara spot prawns, and a kitchen prepared to braise sea cucumber and sun-dried abalone. Read more.

Hannosuke is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

36. Hannosuke

9.1
3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Japanese Restaurant · Mar Vista · 22 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: We recommend the tendon, rice bowl with tempura, expressive of the roasty, nutty flavors of the expensive sesame frying oil, of the subtle sweetness of prawns and Tokyo eel. Read more.

Night + Market is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

37. Night + Market

9.1
9041 W Sunset Blvd (Doheny Dr), West Hollywood, CA
Asian Restaurant · 75 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Try the Rotgut Mekong whisky, stinky natural Gamays from the Loire, fearsome yet delicious nam prik, or pounded salads from the area around Chiang Mai. Read more.

Hunan Mao Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

38. Hunan Mao Restaurant

8.0
8728 Valley Blvd (Walnut Grove), Rosemead, CA
Chinese Restaurant · 11 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The house-smoked Hunan ham has the smoky punch of first-rate barbecue, coarsely chopped and sautéed with dried long beans, garlic cloves, chopped chiles. Read more.

The Tasting Kitchen is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

39. The Tasting Kitchen

9.0
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA
New American Restaurant · Venice · 176 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The basic impression is of Italian cooking translated into an odd American dialect, in which grilled anchovies are laid so beautifully on the plate that you suspect there's an art director. Read more.

Urasawa is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

40. Urasawa

8.5
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA
Sushi Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 24 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: You will eat beef and chawan mushi and other things you may not associate with sushi because this is less a sushi bar than a kind of kaiseki restaurant, exquisitely seasonal, exquisitely Japanese. Read more.

Corazon Y Miel is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

41. Corazon Y Miel

6626 Atlantic Ave, Bell, CA
Latin American Restaurant · 31 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Try the chefly interpretation of Mexican bar snacks, including seared slices of carnitas terrine with cubes of Coca-Cola gelee and pigskin two ways. Read more.

Meals By Genet is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

42. Meals By Genet

9.3
1053 S Fairfax Ave (btwn W Olympic & Witworth Dr), Los Angeles, CA
Ethiopian Restaurant · PICO · 38 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The dorowot, a two-day chicken stew vibrating with what must be ginger and black pepper and bishop's weed and clove, cuts straight through to the Ethiopian soul. Read more.

Animal is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

43. Animal

9.2
435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
New American Restaurant · Mid-City West · 228 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: John Shook and Vinny Dotolo have a pretty good sense of what tastes good, be it melted cheese with chorizo or calves' brains with the French curry vadouvan Read more.

Pizzeria Mozza is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

44. Pizzeria Mozza

9.4
641 N Highland Ave (at Melrose Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Pizza Place · 293 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The cooking—the puffy pies at Pizzeria Mozza, perfected northern Italian dishes at Osteria Mozza, charcuterie and grilled meats at Chi'Spacca or focaccia at Mozza2Go—comes from an Italy of the mind. Read more.

Vincenti Ristorante is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

45. Vincenti Ristorante

8.4
11930 San Vicente Blvd (at Montana Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Italian Restaurant · Brentwood · 18 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The chef, Nicola Mastronardi, is a master of the big, hardwood-burning ovens, of roast porchetta and cuttlefish salad, of the flavors of salt, clean ocean and smoke. Read more.

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

46. Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village

7.6
250 W Valley Blvd (btwn Abbot & Prospect Ave), San Gabriel, CA
Chinese Restaurant · 27 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Go straight for the crabs fried with chile and garlic; the crocks of Old Alley Pork, braised into pig candy; the smoked fish; the stone-pot fried rice; or the pan-fried pork buns. Read more.

Church & State is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

47. Church & State

8.4
1850 Industrial St Apt 100 (at Mateo St), Los Angeles, CA
French Restaurant · Arts District · 95 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Stunning bistro cooking: braised pork belly with favas and polenta, a gorgeous ballotine of rabbit with sprigs of fresh tarragon, tarte flambé, fried pig's ears, roasted marrowbone with radish. Read more.

Drago Centro is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

48. Drago Centro

9.0
525 S Flower St (at 4th St), Los Angeles, CA
Italian Restaurant · Financial District · 92 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The cooking here includes both handcrafted pasta — the pappardelle with pheasant and the handmade spaghetti with Sicilian almond pesto are wonderful — and steak, fish and duck. Read more.

Sotto is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

49. Sotto

8.7
9575 W Pico Blvd (at Edris Dr), Los Angeles, CA
Italian Restaurant · South Robertson · 80 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: If you should happen across a special of lamb innards or one of the gigantic sweet-sour braised pork shanks, make sure to order one the second you sit down. Read more.

Park's BBQ is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

50. Park's BBQ

9.3
955 S Vermont Ave (at Olympic Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA
Korean Restaurant · Wilshire Center - Koreatown · 66 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Park's pretty much has the top end of K-Town barbecue to itself. The quality of the galbi, the pork belly and the spicy galbi soup is superb. Read more.

Kiriko Sushi is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

51. Kiriko Sushi

8.3
11301 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Sushi Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 28 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The great specialty is cherrywood-smoked Copper River salmon with mango, a dish that certain local sushi masters would rather die than serve. (It's their loss: The dish is stunningly good.) Read more.

El Parian is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

52. El Parian

8.6
1528 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Latin American Restaurant · Pico Union · 16 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Don’t miss the Guadalajara-style birria: roasted kid hacked into chunks and served in a strong consommé that tastes like amplified pan drippings. Read more.

Ciros is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

53. Ciros

705 N Evergreen Ave (Malabar St), Los Angeles, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Boyle Heights · 15 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Must have: the tiny flautas, the house specialty, are tightly rolled and very crisp, buried under layers of chile sauce, thick guacamole and tart Mexican sour cream. Read more.

Bulgarini Gelato is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

54. Bulgarini Gelato

8.4
749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA
Ice Cream Shop · 44 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Some delicious examples: pistachio flavored with nuts hand-carried back from the Sicilian pistachio village Bronte, or rich goat's milk gelato spiked with roasted cacao nibs Read more.

Cacao Mexicatessen is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

55. Cacao Mexicatessen

8.9
1576 Colorado Blvd (at Townsend Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Eagle Rock · 88 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Cacao has a fairly open mind on what might go into a taco. They make carnitas out of duck. Other ingredients include sea urchin, hibiscus flowers and huitlacoche. Read more.

Krua Thai is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

56. Krua Thai

8.6
13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA
Thai Restaurant · North Hollywood West · 51 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The ultra-spicy, tamarind-soured, fish-sauce-laced house-special version of pad thai here is about as good as it gets, a powerful dish, truly exotic, sweet and squiggly and delicious. Read more.

Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

57. Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant

9.2
815 W Las Tunas Dr (at Mission Dr), San Gabriel, CA
Vietnamese Restaurant · North San Gabriel · 70 tips and reviews
Little Dom's is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

58. Little Dom's

9.2
2128 Hillhurst Ave (at Avocado St), Los Angeles, CA
Italian Restaurant · Los Feliz · 174 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Modeled on neighborhood Creole Italian places from New Orleans, so along with the burrata salad you get oyster po' boys, crawfish garnishing grilled fish, and fried shrimp with artichokes. Read more.

The Bazaar by José Andrés is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

59. The Bazaar by José Andrés

9.3
465 S LA Cienega Blvd (at San Vicente Blvd), Los Angeles, CA
Tapas Restaurant · Mid-City West · 252 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Some strange, some wonderful: encapsulated olives, air breads, deconstructed Spanish omelets, mozzarella balls that explode into liquid, cotton candy mojitos. Read more.

Bäco Mercat is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

60. Bäco Mercat

9.1
408 S Main St (at 4th St), Los Angeles, CA
Gastropub · Downtown Los Angeles · 144 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Go for the Bäco, Josef Centeno's signature creation, a kind of flatbread sandwich halfway between a Catalan coca and a taco pumped up on 'roids, slicked with a goopy, vaguely Mediterranean sauce. Read more.

Lucques is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

61. Lucques

8.8
8474 Melrose Ave (at Clinton St), Los Angeles, CA
Mediterranean Restaurant · 63 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Suzanne Goin’s resinous herbs and precise splashes of acidity make vegetables dance and bring out the deep, fleshy resonances in braised pork cheeks and her notorious short ribs. Read more.

Kogi BBQ Truck is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

62. Kogi BBQ Truck

9.2
(Greater LA Metro Area), Los Angeles, CA
Food Truck · 225 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Head to a deserted parking lot late at night and wait for the appearance of the Kogi truck, from which you will soon purchase enormous, great-tasting plates of Korean short-rib tacos. Read more.

Rivera Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

63. Rivera Restaurant

1050 S Flower St (at W 11th St), Los Angeles, CA
Latin American Restaurant · South Park · 67 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Chef John Sedlar treats his tortillas, with flowers pressed into them as if into a scrapbook, as seriously as he does his sweetbreads with huacatay or his snails with Jabugo ham. Read more.

Coni'seafood is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

64. Coni'seafood

8.3
3544 W Imperial Hwy (at Yukon Ave), Inglewood, CA
Seafood Restaurant · 31 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Chef Sergio Peñuelas is a master of pescado zarandeado, marinated snook cooked by shaking over charcoal until the flesh caramelizes but does not char. Also recommended: the fiery shrimp aguachile. Read more.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

65. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

8.9
1800 Sawtelle Blvd (at Nebraska Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Gastropub · West Los Angeles · 161 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The gearhead version of a modernist hamburger: layered with ketchup leather, pickle shavings, homemade American cheese scented with kombu seaweed, and a microscopically thin layer of fried cheese. Read more.

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

66. Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

9.2
704 S Alvarado St (at 7th St), Los Angeles, CA
Deli / Bodega · Westlake South · 175 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Favorite: The long-steamed pastrami, dense, hand-sliced and nowhere near lean, has a firm, chewy consistency, a gentle flavor of garlic and clove, and a clean edge of smokiness. Read more.

Cooks County is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

67. Cooks County

8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Mid-City West · 42 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Cooks County is a restaurant you could visit three times a week and then come back for oxtail hash and cheese biscuits at Sunday brunch. Read more.

Bludso's BBQ is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

68. Bludso's BBQ

811 S Long Beach Blvd (at Alondra Blvd.), Compton, CA
BBQ Joint · 54 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Their brisket is a paradigm of meat, beef that disappears so quickly that if it weren't for the feeling of satisfying fullness you might swear that you had less eaten it than dreamed it. Read more.

Hungry Cat is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

69. Hungry Cat

8.6
1555 Vine St (at Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles, CA
Seafood Restaurant · Central Hollywood · 79 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The first rule of the kitchen seems to be: Don't mess too much with the fish. That means the Santa Barbara sea urchin isn't a source of intriguing richness, it's a sea urchin. Read more.

Matsuhisa is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

70. Matsuhisa

9.0
129 N LA Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Sushi Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 89 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Nobu Matsuhisa is one of the one or two most important chefs ever to come out of Los Angeles, combining izakaya cooking and Peruvian flavors into a style that inspired chefs all around the world. Read more.

Guisados is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

71. Guisados

9.1
2100 E Cesar E Chavez Ave (at N St Louis St), Los Angeles, CA
Taco Place · Boyle Heights · 103 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: If you dare, try the tacos with chiles torreados, ultrahot chiles grown in Armando De La Torre's backyard, sautéed until they practically melt from the heat, served in a fresh tortilla. Read more.

Superba Snack Bar is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

72. Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave, Venice, CA
New American Restaurant · North of Rose · 72 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Specialty: pasta, handmade, whole-wheat rigatoni more or less in the style of cacio e pepe, cooked extremely al dente and tossed with cheese and a punishing handful of black pepper. Read more.

Tiara Café is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

73. Tiara Café

127 E 9th St (at Werdin Pl), Los Angeles, CA
Asian Restaurant · Fashion District · 26 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Thi's pancetta-spiked take on the Vietnamese caramelized sea bass clay pot is surpassed only by the bass heads and tails, crisped on the grill, served with sweetened fish sauce for dipping. Read more.

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

74. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle

9.2
2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Noodle House · West Los Angeles · 196 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Tsujita, a spinoff of a revered Tokyo ramen restaurant, is so far ahead of its competition that the others may as well not exist. Read more.

N/Naka is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

75. N/Naka

9.2
3455 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Japanese Restaurant · Mar Vista · 36 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: It is occasionally difficult to ascertain whether the most impressive bit of a dish is the chewy slab of Japanese halibut fin or the thimble-sized cucumber garnishing the fish. Read more.

Post & Beam is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

76. Post & Beam

8.5
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr (Marlton Ave), Los Angeles, CA
New American Restaurant · Crenshaw · 43 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: A fresh take on African American dishes: smoked baby backs, roast salmon, buttermilk fried chicken and greens cooked down with ham hocks with an understated chefly flair. Plus hand-stretched pizza. Read more.

Marouch is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

77. Marouch

8.6
4905 Santa Monica Blvd (edgemont st), Los Angeles, CA
Middle Eastern Restaurant · Little Armenia · 21 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: We sometimes dream of living close to Marouch, close enough anyway to drop in at noon for grilled quail and a beer and midafternoons for a Lebanese sweet and a thimble of thick Turkish coffee. Read more.

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House #1 is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

78. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House #1

8.7
1108 S Baldwin Ave (at Arcadia Ave), Arcadia, CA
Dumpling Restaurant · 235 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Din Tai Fung really does have good soup dumplings, tender and swollen with hot broth, zapped with fresh ginger, perfectly elastic and almost engineered. Read more.

FIG Santa Monica is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

79. FIG Santa Monica

9.2
101 Wilshire Blvd (at Fairmont Miramar Hotel), Santa Monica, CA
Mediterranean Restaurant · Wilshire-Montana · 74 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The menu includes both spinach-leaf lasagna and bacon-wrapped bacon, a salad of beets and oranges and a plate of tongue with tomatillo. Read more.

The Sycamore Kitchen is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

80. The Sycamore Kitchen

9.2
143 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Restaurant · Mid-City West · 108 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The turkey sandwich is heavenly: thick slices of nicely brined bird layered on dense house-made bread with thin slivers of just-ripe Camembert cheese, arugula and cherry mostarda. Read more.

The Hart + The Hunter is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

81. The Hart + The Hunter

8.7
7950 Melrose Ave (at N Hayworth Ave), Los Angeles, CA
New American Restaurant · Mid-City West · 81 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The South filtered through the not-South: fried chicken skin served with hand-made Tabasco, a hot biscuit with a spoonful of pimento cheese or a steaming bowl of black-eyed peas. Read more.

La Casita Mexicana is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

82. La Casita Mexicana

8.8
4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA
Mexican Restaurant · 48 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Have you ever found transcendence in a plate of chilaquiles? This is a good place to try. Read more.

Son of a Gun is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

83. Son of a Gun

9.1
8370 W 3rd St (at S. Orlando Ave.), Los Angeles, CA
Seafood Restaurant · Mid-City West · 153 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: The most popular dish? Definitely the fried chicken sandwich, with coleslaw and what must be the only aioli on the planet spiked with Rooster hot sauce. Read more.

Angelini Osteria is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

84. Angelini Osteria

9.3
7313 Beverly Blvd (btwn Fuller Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.), Los Angeles, CA
Italian Restaurant · Mid-City West · 88 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Some people arrange their weekly schedules around Angelini's specials: kidney stew on Tuesdays; braised oxtails on Wednesdays, liver alla Veneziana on Thursdays. Read more.

Alma is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

85. Alma

952 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
New American Restaurant · Fashion District · 31 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Try the seaweed-tofu beignets, spare arrangements of foraged greens, scallops with nightshade berries or shriveled, butter-soaked carrots that somehow manage to taste better than meat. Read more.

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

86. Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

8.5
1119 Wilshire Blvd (at 11th Ct.), Santa Monica, CA
Wine Bar · Wilshire-Montana · 86 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Under new chef Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon has jolted the superb produce into something resembling a cuisine; try the asparagus with fried pheasant egg and ultra-dense bone-marrow gravy. Read more.

Lukshon is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

87. Lukshon

9.0
3239 Helms Ave (btw Venice & Washington), Culver City, CA
Asian Restaurant · South Robertson · 76 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Pan-Asian perfected in a hundred little ways, including the precise acidity of the sticky Chinese pork ribs, the aromatics in the reinvented Singapore Sling and the deconstructed shrimp toast. Read more.

Kobawoo House is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

88. Kobawoo House

8.7
698 S Vermont Ave (at 7th St.), Los Angeles, CA
Korean Restaurant · Wilshire Center - Koreatown · 43 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Most famous for its version of bossam: boiled pork belly you wrap up into leaves with raw garlic, sliced chiles and a salty condiment made from tiny fermented fish. Read more.

Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

89. Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant

8.8
518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA
Chinese Restaurant · Mission District · 69 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Even strong men are defeated by the parade of sautéed pea shoots with garlic, crunchy salt-and-pepper squid and the gargantuan house-special lobster, fried with chile, black pepper and scallion. Read more.

101 Noodle Express is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

90. 101 Noodle Express

8.4
1408 E Valley Blvd. (at New Ave.), Alhambra, CA
Chinese Restaurant · 70 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Go for the beef roll: that brawny, steroidal composition of crisp, flaky Chinese pancakes with cilantro and sweet, house-made bean sauce rolled around fistfuls of long-braised beef. Read more.

Mantee Cafe is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

91. Mantee Cafe

8.8
10962 Ventura Blvd (Vineland Ave), Studio City, CA
Mediterranean Restaurant · Studio City · 29 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Mantee brings a different kind of edge to Lebanese-Armenian cuisine. Try the platter of beef dumplings sizzling in a bath of garlicky yogurt. Read more.

Attari Sandwich Shop is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

92. Attari Sandwich Shop

1100 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Sandwich Place · Westwood · 27 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Everyone is here for Attari's sandwiches: lengths of toasted French bread dressed with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and a smattering of spiced, super-tart Iranian pickles. Read more.

Valentino Italian Restaurant is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

93. Valentino Italian Restaurant

8.4
3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Italian Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 21 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Jonathan Gold says: I will never forget my first taste of Quintarelli Amarone here, which is as close as I had gotten to a sweet, musky taste of heaven. Read more.

The Grill on the Alley is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

94. The Grill on the Alley

8.6
9560 Dayton Way, (at Wilshire Blvd.), Beverly Hills, CA
Steakhouse · West Los Angeles · 28 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: L.A.’s essential rice pudding: touched with cinnamon, drizzled with heavy cream, coaxing the nutty, rounded essence out of every grain of rice. Read more.

Soban is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

95. Soban

8.7
4001 W Olympic Blvd (S Norton Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Korean Restaurant · 8 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Don’t miss the ganjang gaejang, raw blue crabs marinated in an elixir of what seems to be a distillation of the animal's sweet juices. Read more.

Picca Peruvian Cantina is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

96. Picca Peruvian Cantina

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Peruvian Restaurant · South Robertson · 94 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Chef Ricardo Zarate is filtering Peruvian cooking through the aesthetics of the izakaya--meals you've been used to eating in L.A. Peruvian restaurants become plates meant to be shared. Read more.

Manhattan Beach Post is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

97. Manhattan Beach Post

9.2
1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA
New American Restaurant · Downtown Manhattan Beach · 143 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: You're probably there for a crack at the impossibly rich bacon cheddar biscuits, and we can't say that we blame you. Read more.

Le Comptoir at The Wine Vault is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

98. Le Comptoir at The Wine Vault

7.6
929 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA
American Restaurant · 4 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: His signature dish is a perfectly fried egg with greens, and fried doughnuts for dessert. Read more.

BierBeisl is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

99. BierBeisl

9669 Santa Monica Blvd (btwn Bedford & Camden Dr), Beverly Hills, CA
German Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 12 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Bernhard Mairinger's emporium of schnitzel, milk-poached weisswurst and creamy goulasch is a purely Austrian restaurant of a sort we have never quite seen here. Read more.

Tar & Roses is one of Jonathan Gold 101.

100. Tar & Roses

8.9
602 Santa Monica Blvd (at 6th St.), Santa Monica, CA
American Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 78 tips and reviews

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times: Tar & Roses, which also has a terrific, mostly Italian, wine list, may also mark the first time in our nation's history when cauliflower became more delicious than prime steak. Read more.