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For years it was Gold’s 99 Essential Restaurants at the LA Weekly. Now, after switching teams two years ago, he’s done it again at the Los Angeles Times with the 101 Best Restaurants. Over the weekend, the list was released and man does Gold have a thing for downtown. Here's the top 20. 

We’ve not been shy about our love for the Los Angeles food scene, which we are constantly reminded is one of the most underrated in the world. In the past we dropped lists noting the city’s top pasta masters, ethnic bakeries, flavors in the San Gabriel Valley and where to eat well around the Staples Center (sorry, just sorry, Clippers fans). Earlier this year I sort of lost my shit over a box of uni I was served in Little Tokyo.

And here we are today with yet another poke in the ribs notice that Los Angeles might just be the most exciting place to dine out in the country. Yes, we just went there. Over the years, recovering rock ‘n roll writer turned Pulitzer Prize winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has released his yearly assessment of the city’s restaurant scene like Cam’ron drops a hot single. Unexpected. With force, and little swagger.

For years it was Gold’s 99 Essential Restaurants at the LA Weekly. Now, after switching teams two years ago, he’s done it for the second year running at the Los Angeles Times with the 101 Best Restaurants. Over the weekend, the list was released and man does Gold have a thing for downtown. His number two pick in 2013 Urasawa? Gone. New and new-ish comers Trois Mec and POT? They are making moves. While the entire list is trapped behind a paywall (really guys?), here’s a roundup of the top 20:

1. Providence
2. Spago
3. Mozza
4. Shunji
5. Lucques
6. Rustic Canyon
7. Ink
8. Trois Mec
9. Animal
10. Cut
11. Orsa & Winston
12. Alma
13. Red Medicine
14. Bestia
15. Rivera
16. The Tasting Kitchen
17. AOC
18. n/naka
19. Church & State
20. République

Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants: The Top 20 [Los Angeles Times]