10 Must-Try Dishes From LA Survey Winners

By Lesley Balla  |  September 30, 2013
Credit: The Bazaar

The winners from the 2014 Los Angeles Restaurants Survey have been announced, and we know who voters think are tops for pizza, seafood and more. Now it's time to get down to business - just what are you supposed to order at the best steakhouse, Thai restaurant or Italian spot? Read on to find out the must-try dishes at the list-toppers for some of the most popular categories in this year's Survey. 

  • Chinese: Juicy Pork Dumplings at Din Tai Fung

    The dumpling house is multiplying around town, with an annex that’s much easier to get into than the original's, plus a new location opening in Glendale this October. No matter what you’re craving, you absolutely need to get the signature juicy pork dumplings, little bites of porky, salty soup in the most tender, thin wrapper. It’s a pure work of art, and a delicious one at that.

    1108 S. Baldwin Ave.; 626-574-7068

  • Barbecue: Texas-Style Beef Ribs at Bludso’s BBQ

    Kevin Bludso comes from a long line of Texas meat men, guys who’ve manned smokers full of brisket, big beefy ribs and more. The Compton original is consistently ranked as the best for ‘cue in the city, where you’ll want a plate of ribs and greens and corn bread. It’s as simple as that. Bludso has his hand (and name) at the newer Bludso’s Bar & Que, which is owned and operated by the guys behind the Golden State.

    811 S. Long Beach Blvd.; 310-637-1342

  • Burgers: The Golden State Burger at Golden State

    Once again this Fairfax spot takes top honors for the best burger and with good reason. The best burgers are the simplest: just good beef, salt and pepper, cheese, and in this case, arugula and bacon. The brioche bun holds it all in place and the flavors just sing. Perfect with a beer - this is one of the beer-geekiest places you’ll find - and a dollop of Scoops ice cream after.

    426 N. Fairfax Ave.; 323-782-8331

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    Seafood: Wild Striped Bass at Providence

    Even with the popularity of Connie and Ted’s, Michael Cimarusti and Donato Poto’s Providence still reigns supreme for seafood in LA. With a strong focus on wild-caught fish rather than farm-raised, Cimarusti and his team create beautiful, perfectly cooked dishes like the wild striped bass with beurre blanc. Seasonal flourishes keep each dish fresh and new, while still remaining true to the chef’s original vision. It’s one of the lasting haute dining rooms where you’ll find superb service, an award-winning wine list and a memorable experience all around.

    5955 Melrose Ave.; 323-460-4170

  • Italian: Lasagna Verde at Angelini Osteria

    Gino Angelini may have lent his hand and recipes to the splash RivaBella, but his charming osteria on Beverly Boulevard continues to pull people in for handmade pastas, delicious antipasti and weekly specials like porchetta on Saturdays. One dish that we hope will never leave the LA dining landscape is the lasagna verde with beef and veal ragù, which tastes every bit as homey and perfect as Angelini’s Nonna Elvira made it. 

    7313 Beverly Blvd.; 323-297-0070

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    Small Plates: “Philly Cheesesteak” at The Bazaar

    Menus filled with small plates for sharing are de rigueur right now, but at The Bazaar by Jose Andres, it’s a true Spanish tapas experience, albeit one with a glossy, contemporary twist. The “Philly Cheesesteak” is the perfect example: a light, crisp hollowed-out bread is filled with deliciously creamy cheese sauce and topped with paper-thin slices of Wagyu beef. The flavors are familiar, but the presentation is whimsical and fun. It shows Jose Andres at his best.

    465 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-246-5555

  • Japanese: Halibut Sashimi With Truffle at Asanebo

    One of the premier sushi spots in the greater Los Angeles area, Studio City’s Asanebo once again tops the list for Japanese fare as well as scoring the No. 1 slot on the Top Food list. Since 1991 it’s been a bastion of classic and fusion dishes, including the omnipresent halibut with truffles. Perfect fish with a taste of earthy mushrooms is simple and wonderful.

    11941 Ventura Blvd.; 818-760-3348

  • Breakfast: Crème Brûlée French Toast at Julienne

    The hidden gem in San Marino is a wonderful spot to seek out for weekend brunch; even better, weekday breakfast when the sunny, friendly place is filled with regulars and locals, all there for classic omelets and other brekkie specials like the crème brûlée French toast. It’s so good it could be dessert.

    2651 Mission St.; 626-441-2299

  • Thai: Morning Glory Salad at Jitlada

    Out of the hundreds of dishes at this Thai Town list-topper, there’s one you’ll always hear people - chefs, spice-freaks, foodies of every ilk - craving and crushing on: the fried morning glory salad. It’s fried watercress, chopped red cabbage, red onions, shrimp, more onions, cilantro, tomatoes and a lightly syrupy, slightly spicy sauce drizzled on top. It has texture, some heat, freshness and flavor. In short, everything you need on one plate.

    5233 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-667-9809

  • Steakhouse: Bone Marrow Flan at Cut

    At Wolfgang Puck’s Beverly Hills steakhouse you might spy staff members walking around with a plate of linen-wrapped hunks of the most beautiful aged beef you’ll ever see. That’s just the beginning of why this was the highest-rated steakhouse around Los Angeles. Always start a meal there with the rich bone marrow flan - rich and decadent, it’s topped with a fresh parsley salad for a bit of brightness. The meat is sourced from farms all over the country, the steaks are cooked to perfection on a wood-fired grill, the sides are incredible, the wine list is fantastic, and service and celeb-spotting are top-notch.

    9500 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-276-8500