Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Zagat is out: sayonara Matsuhisa

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?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe you would slander Oak Park and the hard-working people who enjoy quality Cal-Med cuisine on an elegant little patio. It's Hollywood types like you who give people in Oak Park cause for...

...never mind. I've never heard of Oak Park either.

ciw said...

petros also got a nod in the dining section of this month's _los angeles_ magazine. might have to make the drive down to the south bay to check it out.

Plague said...

Matsuhisa as best in L.A.? Oh, Zagat, how you make me laugh once again...

Pat said...

Carter had posting problems, but here's his comment:
"Well, Oak Park is the northerly portion of Agoura Hills, going north on Lindero Canyon until you reach Kanan Road. Absolutely sleepy neighborhood, and Leila's is not even one of the top 3 restaurants in Agoura Hills, which tells you everything you need to know about Zagat, block voting, etc.
Zagat has been so irrelevant for so long I am surprised they even print the book any more!"

TaraMetBlog said...

Been in LA for a week now and already went to Petros, very nice, I especially liked their wine selection.

Rachael said...

Oak Park ROCKS!

Oh wait...I've never heard of it either...