The new 2006 Zagat Survey for L.A. is just out.
The good news:
-Thank god, they got rid of those horrible geographic divisions. When I'm looking for a restaurant in a hurry, I really don't want to stop to ponder the difference between Hollywood, mid-Wilshire and Beverly Hills.
-It's nice to see A.O.C. jump to the top of the Most Popular list, even if it is a bitch to get in there.
-Also cool: Sea Harbour up near the top of the Chinese list. Zagat continues to improve in the east-of-downtown offerings. The Thai winners are still pretty pallid, though. Typical misstep: "Nadpob is slowly drawing customers with a fairly typical straightforward menu." Sure, if you call Germany pork leg, yum bloody clam, and red wine fish maw "typical."
The wierd news:
-What on earth is Brandywine, and how did it make the top food list over Spago, Campanile and A.O.C.? Could Woodland Hills really be hiding such an amazing find, or does it just have some very devoted patrons who voted early and often? Of course, Brent's Deli also got a high 27 score, but at least I know it has a lot of fans.
- So, so sad the Cheesecake Factory remains the pinnacle of dining for so many L.A. residents. Oh well, more for us.
Also, coming soon in the neighborhood:
Auntie Em's is expanding into the space next door with a cheese counter, gifts and more, opening in a few weeks.
Pazzo Gelato is opening soon in Silver Lake next to the Town 'n Country Bakery on Sunset. With Zanzabelle in one direction and Pazzo in the other, ice cream is coming at me from every direction...is this a good thing or a bad thing?