Released this week, 2009's Gold 99 is a diverse map of all things culinary in La-La Land, giving props to long-time favorites like every wino's favorite small plates restaurant, A.O.C., Nancy Silverton's upscale pies at Pizzeria Mozza, and also nodding to current trends, like the mobile food resurgence led by KogiBBQ (that's @KogiBBQ on Twitter).
If you prefer a gastronomic adventure to a tour of stars' homes, then use Gold's list to mark down places of interest, then breakout your LA Streetwise Map and plan your haul across the city's savory landscape. You're guaranteed to "come hungry; leave happy," but eat a helluva lot better than you would at IHOP.
The entire Gold 99 list is available on LA Weekly's website for easy access. If we have but one small gripe with the way it's organized, we'd like to suggest that the usual dollar-sign designation be attached to the reviews (indicating how expensive a restaurant is, from "$" to "$$$$"), which it strangely is not.
· Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential LA Restaurants [LA Weekly]
· LA's Newest Food Truck Takes To The Streets With Fresh Sushi, Of All Things [Jaunted]