12/17/2012 12:27:00 PM

LA's 16 Hottest New Restaurants of 2012

The new Spago
In a lot of ways, 2012 was the year of the neighborhood restaurant. The key to opening a spot that will draw people in from all over town, that thing that gives it an edge, is personality. And great food, of course. New chef-driven restaurants have popped up in places like Little Osaka and Baldwin Hills, some led by names we've heard of for years, others by rising stars. These chefs are redefining what it means to cook 'Californian cuisine' with their unique visions and new global inspirations. Even the standard-bearer of California cuisine, Spago, has changed direction and is more exciting than ever. If this year's bold new entries on the dining scene are any indication of what we'll be eating next year and beyond, we're in for a gutsy, lusty full-flavored ride. Tell us your favorite eats of the year - restaurants, trucks and more - in the comments and via social media using the hashtag #2012Eats.


32 comments :

  1. Your format is NOT user friendly. I am not going to spend the time to go page by page to see the names etc. of 10 restaurants. You should list the 10 on one page, perhaps with a short blurb about each and if the reader wants more info, put that on separate pages.

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    1. thank you! why sites still use slideshows is beyond me!

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    2. My script-blocking software found 11 trackers on this page. I'm sure there are more on each additional page, if you choose to waste your time clicking (and, as an added bonus: you will be doing free research for them.)

      I will look elsewhere for a real article - one that isn't 10 pages of time wasting gimmicks.

      Maybe if enough people complain and actually close pages like this without going to page 2, sites will stop being so obnoxious.

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  2. I agree with the post before - I'm a big Zagat fan but this is horrible.

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  3. Ditto. This is not user-friendly. I too am a big Zagat fan, but this does not work for me.

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  4. Even worse when u have an iPhone!

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  5. Awful; too frustrating to read.

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  6. Agree with the previous posts! Get your act together...please!

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  7. So where are they? I see the blurb, but not the restaurants - something is clearly wrong. And here I was, already with my knife and fork - wait, they are supposed to be so 2011!

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  8. Agree with all of the above!

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  9. It would not hurt to consult with a new web designer about this and your other web pages. Navigating on your site has never been easy.

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  10. Agreed! Absolutely horrible. Not at all user friendly. On a touch screen I inadvertently navigated away several times while trying to get through the 10 entries. Each time I needed to start from the beginning. Extremely frustrating. I also agree a list of the 10 from which I could choose what I want to view would be more user friendly. I've been a Zagat subscriber for many years but I won't be using the mobile version again until you fix it.

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  11. The most buggy website of any I subscribe to. The links from the email don't work half the time. This time the link worked but I got half a page and the space where the slides of the restaurants should have been produced a timed out error message. Zagat online has really become a waste of time.

    Michael G.
    Los Angeles, CA

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  12. Agree with the above. Cannot access all ten restautants.

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  13. Zagat has the best content and the worst, most user-unfriendly web site.

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  14. No problem using my Droid Thunderbolt. Web pages work just like my computer

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  15. Can't use your website any more. 90% of ink and paper and time are wasted. Dr. Gourrich

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  16. Very surprised this is an online experience that google would allow. Site is terrible and even worse on mobile. Sad because content is premium but experience kills ability to read.

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  17. Reformat this article and try again. Useless on iphone.

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  18. Competely agree. A big time waster and this used to be an easy to use informative blog.

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  19. The only thing I could read we're these commens

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  20. Uh, guys… did you know you just have to press "Next" to see all the restaurants? Just saying, it's really not that complicated.

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  21. yeah fix this. we don't have all day to look at your website, ya know....ps its 2012

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  22. If you think THIS is bad, wait until you see what happens to the quality of the reviews, now that GOOGLE has bought out ZAGAT. I fully expect it to be indistinguishable from YELP! (disparagement intentional) in the very near future.

    Since their new, advertiser-dependent business model means MAXIMUM EYEBALLS are the name of the game - be prepared! The reviews from die-hard Foodies who cared enough to PAY for the content will inevitably be displaced by the opinions of every Tom, Dick or Harriet possessing both a mouth and a keyboard.

    Sad. Just sad.

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  23. Hello great experience, dude! thanks for this great Articles wow… it’s very wonderful report.

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  24. You keep listing Plan Check, which makes me think you're writers know nothing about food.

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  25. DITTO - I STARTED TO LIST THE 10 BEST & ONLY HAVE ONE.
    Shame,Shame

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  26. Plan Check has the best Fried Chicken I've ever had...

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  27. Really don't like website format. Just provide a list please. Thanks you

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