Power Diner Extraordinaire and Blogger Ron Winters Picks L.A.'s Top Tables of 2018.
Will these picks help resolve our ongoing debate on whether NYC or L.A. has got the best. You decide.
BlackSmiths 117 Winston St Los Angeles, CA 90013
Everything is made in-house including the charm and genuinely friendly welcome.
The Food: Commander’s Palace “kickin’ it up a notch”.
Black Cat and Red Mac.
Blackened Catfish of Amazonian proportions and all buried under a Tomato based Cajun Sauce. Not for the timid,
Otoño 715 N Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90042
This is a jumpin’ tapas bar, So, are you in Barcelona? Si, como La Rambla.
The Pollo Ahumado (Roasted Smoked Chicken Bone-In Thighs) was positively magisterial and one of the best dishes being offered in L.A. today.
These thighs will be good for your thighs and who cares if they aren’t. They’re so good it’s worth an extra hour on the treadmill.
Makani 512 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291
Makani…if there is any question as to whether L.A. is now the country’s food Mecca, this place should put that issue to bed. Walk in, look around, it’s a casting call for Fast and Furious 10. The food is glorious. It is billed as Korean with an L.A. flair, but toss in some Malay, Singaporean, Middle Eastern and whatever Chef Kevin Lee yanks off the spice rack.
Crispy Duck Confit
With Kimchi Bacon Rice, Spigarello, (Broccoli’s half sister), Pear slices, and Nori Goma Furikake which is really a rice sprinkle of Bonito flakes, Sesame Seeds and Salt with Chili dust. The Duck was truly exceptional. Makani is whispering “Ronnie, come back!” I will, first chance I get.
Bavel 500 Mateo St Los Angeles, CA 90013
Bavel exceeds expectations at every level. The Food: Oh, and what food! Nothing like it. Period. It was here I had the best dish of 2018 …
Lamb Neck Shwarma
With Tahini-Creme Fraiche, Fermented Cabbage, Pickled Turnips, Zhoug and a Laffa raft as big as a tournament Frisbee underneath soakin’ and soppin’ juices. Uber from your hovel to Bavel…now.
The Exchange 416 West 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014
A confident kitchen headed by Chef Alex Chang. Chang is Chinese/Mexican dishing out his take on Israeli cuisine. Who says there can’t be peace in the world.
Burned Eggplant mixed with slightly charred greens, Bonito Flakes, and Thompson seedless Grapes with Hot Harissa and Zhoug .
I sent the plate back so clean they could have reused it without washing it.
Shibumi 815 S Hill St Los Angeles, CA 90014
I returned to have the only AOC approved real deal Kobe Beef. Shibumi is one of 13 restaurants in the country that has it, and after the retirement of Kobe Bryant, the only place in L.A. that has true Kobe.
Shibumi is without peer in capturing the timeless vision and artistry of Japanese cuisine. There is no better interpreter of this than Chef Schlosser.