I love food as I think you can tell from the blog. I hope my hips don’t show it too much though. So when our Sunday paper arrived with Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles for 2014 I was excited to open it up. Of course I was disappointed to see that I have only eaten at 4 of them. Now it’s good to note that this list is Jonathan Gold’s opinion, and he eats at a multitude of restaurants. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for him to single out 101 favorites. I know it wouldn’t be easy for me in a city with such a vast array of choices. I will say that the four places I have eaten from the list were certainly amongst some of my top meals.
I have ticked off the following from Jonathan Gold’s list:
55. The Hungry Cat
62. The Hart & The Hunter
78. Cooks County
I’ll admit that I was more than giddy to see Ink. make the list. I was even more giddy to see it listed in the top 10. I would say that the meal I had at Ink. was the best meal I have ever eaten. You cannot go here without ordering the potato polenta with bone marrow. Michael Voltaggio will make you question everything you know in life with this dish. I could eat it again and again.
The Hungry Cat had become somewhat of a staple in my life for awhile. It was the kind of place that boys took you on a first date for it’s relaxed atmosphere but delicious food. My biggest problem with The Hungry Cat was that it’s incredibly difficult to find if you don’t know where you’re going. It’s tucked away in the back of a small shopping area. I got lost at least 3 times the first night. The braised mussles were my must order!
The Hart & The Hunter was the kind of place with a LOUD atmosphere. This isn’t the kind of place I’d take a girl on a first date, but it is the kind of place I’d love to go with a group of great friends. You’ll have amazing drinks and share in an open atmosphere. The corned bread with honey butter took me right back home. That isn’t to say there aren’t some more elevated pieces to the menu that will also be the talk of the town. I love some cheese grits, and they take them to a whole new level.
Cooks County is a place we went to with a couple of dear friends. @DeathBedFood and her husband. The jelly donut delivered to the table upon our arrival was enough to make you question things about life, but that was only the beginning. I had the Dungeness Crab Quiche, and I was done for the day. We had a lot to do of course so I couldn’t just nap afterward. My advice is that if you’re doing brunch here to clear your calendar for the day.
Each of these places were definitely tops! I am glad to have experienced them. Ink. is by far my favorite from the list, and I can only imagine the things Michael Voltaggio will go on to do in the restaurant industry. If you can only eat at 1 out of the 4 listed above…GO THERE!