The 2007 Zagat guide for L.A. comes out tomorrow, and Matsuhisa is back in the number one spot for best food -- not for long, of course, as it's closing in a few months when Nobu opens in the L'Orangerie space. Also in the top five for food are Melisse and Sushi Nozawa, Leila's and Saddle Peak Lodge. Other new additions to the top food list (usually about 40 spots total) are Piccolo and Shiro. There's always a "Huh?" on the list and I guess it's Leila's this time -- I don't even know where Oak Park is, let alone know anyone who goes to Leila's.
Other interesting tidbits: top newcomers are Petros, the contemporary Greek restaurant in Manhattan Beach; La Botte in Santa Monica and The Crepevine in old town Pasadena. And surprisingly, Southern California residents eat out 3.8 times per week, more than New Yorkers and San Franciscans. Only Texans eat out more frequently...but why?