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Eater Says Union A “Top Standby” of 2015

January 7, 2016

Thank you to the Eater LA staff and friends who mentioned us a few times in this list of “Top Standbys.” You can see the full feature at this link on their website or read below.

The Top Los Angeles Restaurant Standbys of 2015

by Matthew Kang Dec 28, 2015


Friends of Eater, and Eater staff, discuss their regular spots around town.

Pat Saperstein, EatingLA and Senior Editor, Variety

All’Acqua, Wexler’s, Flores & Sons, Luv2Eat Thai, Pine & Crane, Night + Market

Kat Odell, Eater Drinks Editor

Milo & Olive, Gjusta, Zo, Petit Trois, Bestia, Jon & Vinny’s, Eveleigh, Dean Sin World.

Jeff Miller, Editor, Thrillist LA

Per usual, my standbys are local: the people at both Robata Jinya and the Sugarfish on La Brea should know me by name at this point.

Tony Chen, Eater LA Contributor

Kinjiro — the only place to get “cheap” bottles of $950 Dassai “Beyond”, served by your local A5-12 Wagyu purveyor.

Euno Lee, Eater LA Contributor

CUT, Park’s BBQ, Angelini Osteria, chi SPACCA, Union, Animal, Sticky Rice inside GCM (if we’re counting stands), and for always having a soft spot in my heart: Honda Ya.

Eddie Lin, Deep End Dining

Even with all the well-deserved accolades, the staff at Terrine never rested on their laurels, everyone from chef Kris Morningstar to bar man Ryan Wainwright along with Stephane Bombet and Francois Renaud kept raising the bar on themselves by keeping things exciting all through 2015. The brunch menu is ridiculously good with French standards like croque-madame that blows even a Parisian version out of the water. The escargot at dinner is superb, and the fish & chips are always a good bet.

For my frequent dim sum fix, China Red in Arcadia is still the place for made-to-order diminutive dumpling delights. The steamer tins are always filled with perfect har gow and siu mai, and the price is competitive with the SGV.

It’s also easy to forget an L.A. fixture like Chaya. Although Chaya Brasserie closed at the end of 2014, the Venice and DTLA locations still manage to stay inventive with plates like live uni and dashi jelly during Chaya’s Uni Fare menu. DTLA’s Chaya also freshened things up this year with the Kaisen Bar by serving whole fish in raw and cooked forms.

Esther Tseng, EstarLA

Pine and Crane, Alimento, Terrine, Night Market Song, Sugarfish/KazuNori, Trois Familia, HomeState

Lesley Balla, LA Magazine, Angeleno, Zagat

Other than my local Thai delivery spot, I found myself at only a few restaurants more than once. chi Spacca, even for drop-in focaccia del recco and some salumi; The Grand Central market, which usually meant Wexler’s, Tomas y Tumbras carnitas tacos, McConnell’s ice cream and Horse Thief barbecue, although I did mix in some oysters and coffee and cookies, when possible; and if I could go more than I do, I’d probably be at Republique every week.

Lucas Peterson, Eater LA Contributor

Jitlada, Pho Cafe, Father’s Office, Gjusta​

Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch, Food is the New Rock

Coni Seafood! Grand Central Market! Sea Harbour! Son of a Gun! (But if I’m being real… Kula Sushi on Sawtelle. I’ve got three kids and they all love it.)

Caroline Pardilla, LA Magazine, Eater Drinks

Terrine, Sotto, Corner Door, Cassell’s.

Bill Esparza, LA Magazine, Streetgourmet LA

A busy travel schedule, and many work related meals, limits my chances of frequenting any restaurant. But whether I was entertaining out of town guests, having an evening free to eat whatever I wanted with friends and family or referring someone to a great restaurant, I counted on Coni’Seafood, Bestia, Cassia, the Hungry Cat (my neighborhood spot), the Mercado Olympic,Guerrilla Tacos and Tacos Quetzacoatl in 2015.

Sotto Interior

[Sotto, South Beverly Hills]

Hadley Tomicki, Urban Daddy LA

Coni’Seafood, Cadet, MexiCali, Boiling Crab, Elite Restaurant, Guerilla Tacos, Mariscos Jalisco, Rosemary Grill, Maru, Traktir, Kaiten Sushi Daichan, Pot, and the kebabs at West LA’s Glaat Kosher Market

Nicole Iizuka, Senior Producer, Popsugar

Night + Market always… Kobawoo, Escala, Cadet, Petty Cash, Tatsu, Stir Market, Jitlada, Chaya, Bay Cities, Gracias Madre, hanging out at Grand Central Market & anytime I’m craving uni – I thank god that Maruhide exists.

Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA

Alimento, Sotto, Night + Market, Union, and forever and always the El Chato truck

Stan Lee, Eater LA

Ledlow: great brunch and one of the best croissants in L.A.

The Offalo

Sweetfin Poke, Howlin’ Ray’s Hot Chicken, Guerrilla Tacos (food trucks count!)

Stacey Sun, DineLA

Sun Nong Dan in Koreatown, Sotto (still the best pizza in L.A.), and Sugarfish, my weekly sushi spot.

Crystal Coser, Associate Editor, Eater LA

Luv2eat, Terrine, Myung Dong Kyoja, Rodded, Sugarfish, Pho Consomme

Lesley Bargar Suter, Food Editor, LA Magazine

-Pine & Crane. I’m not sure how I survived without them. All’Acqua. I’m there once a week at least as it’s in my hood and they treat my toddler like royalty. Sweetgreen – on the days after a big meal, when I can only stomach lettuce, these salads really are leagues better than everyone else’s.

Joshua Lurie, FoodGPS

I actually just wrote a story about 10 of My Regular Los Angeles Restaurants. Standbys
include Cassia, Gjusta, and Taste of Tehran.

Meghan McCarron, Associate Features Editor, Eater

I just moved to LA in August and have traveled a bunch since, so my standby list is still shaking out. That said: Guerrilla Tacos at Cognoscenti Coffee every Wednesday is a gift, and Father’s Office in the Helms complex is the perfect combination of eating, drinking, and atmosphere in our neck of the woods. I have also been to BS Taqueria four times since moving here, and I can’t wait to go back.

Matthew Kang, Editor, Eater LA

wrote about this here, but Phorage, Jun Won, Chengdu Taste, Night + Market, The Corner Door, B.S. Taqueria, Apple Pan, Tacos Tamix, and Tsujita.

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