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The Zagat 2013 guide has been released and highlighted an impressive 2,082 restaurants in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange County and Palm Springs.
California-based newcomers to the guide include Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Baker, Michael Voltaggio’s Ink, Josef Centeno’s Baco Mercat, Milo & Olive and 800 Degrees. High end gourmet restaurants like Providence and Urasawa remain on the list, as well as popular fast food chains like In-N-Out.
The 2013 Los Angeles Restaurants Survey covered 2,082 restaurants voted on by a record 18,450 diners. The redesigned iconic guidebook is now available in stores, while the new ratings and reviews are available for free access across Google Maps, Search, Google+ and mobile to help people discover the best local places.
According to the new guide, Los Angeles surveyors report eating out 3.5 times per week on average, the same as last year, beating out cities like New York (3.0) and San Francisco (2.9).
Newcomer Ink, by Top Chef champion Michael Voltaggio earned a 26 for Food on Zagat’s 30-point scale. Serving “obscenely tasty” New American-Eclectic creations and “killer cocktails”, Ink was listed among the likes of Thomas Keller’s Beverly Hills outpost of Bouchon Bakery, Downtown sandwich specialist Baco Mercat, Santa Monica’s Milo & Olive and Umami Burger spin-off, 800 Degrees Pizzeria.
When it comes to their favorite cuisines surveyors picked Italian (25%), American (15%), Japanese (15%), Mexican (8%), Thai (7%) and Chinese (7%).
Zagat has chosen to list winners by naming them by cuisine this year, rather than by category as they have done previously. The full list includes:
American (New) – Melisse, Santa Monica
American (Traditional) – Farmshop, Santa Monica
Asian/Fusion – Chinois on Main, Santa Monica
Barbecue – Bludso’s BBQ, Compton
Burgers – Golden State, Fairfax
Californian – Lucques, West Hollywood
Caribbean – Porto’s Bakery, Mult. loc.
Chinese – Newport Seafood, Mult. loc.
Continental – Brandywine, Woodland Hills
Delis – Brent’s Deli, Mult. loc.
Dim Sum – Sea Harbour, Rosemead
Diners – Original Pancake House, Redondo Bch.
Eclectic – Saam/The Bazaar, Beverly Hills
French – Melisse, Santa Monica
Greek – Petros, Manhattan Beach
Indian – Addi’s Tandoor, Redondo Beach
Italian – Michael’s on Naples, Long Beach
Japanese – Urasawa, Beverly Hills
Korean – Park’s Barbeque, Koreatown
Mediterranean – Lucques, West Hollywood
Mexican – Babita Mexicuisine, San Gabriel
Middle Eastern – Raffi’s Place, Glendale
Pizza – Michael’s Pizzeria, Long Beach
Seafood – Providence, Hollywood
Small Plates – M.B. Post, Manhattan Beach
Soul Food/Southern – Johnny Rebs’, Mult. loc.
South American – Mario’s Peruvian, Hollywood
Steakhouses – Cut, Beverly Hills
Thai – Jitlada, East Hollywood
Vegetarian – Native Foods, Mult. loc.
Vietnamese – Pho So 1, Gardena, Mult. loc.