2/19/2013 02:28:00 PM

Win a Chance to Join Us at LA's 30 Under 30 Event!

If last year you scoped our list, read the live blog, saw the party photos and thought (with good reason) that our 30 Under 30 party sure looked fun, listen up - this year you could score an invitation!

All you have to do is log into your Gmail account, scroll down to the comment section below and tell us in 75 words or less what restaurant or chef in LA you consider to be innovative or a culinary trailblazer. The contest closes on February 21 at 11:59 PM, at which point we'll pick our favorite entry and award that person with two spots at our 30 Under 30 event in Hollywood on Monday, February 25 at 7:30 PM. To sweeten the deal, 10 runner-ups will receive two invitations each to attend a special Zagat Happy Hour in Hollywood from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, February 26.

You can see the full rules and regulations here. The comments will be judged on creativity, thoughtfulness and entertainment. Good luck!

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Sofia Nasr! Thank you all for entering.

11 comments :

  1. My boyfriend and I are regulars at MEALS BY GENET, our favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Los Angeles. The food is fantastic, and the family-style plates, veggie-friendly options and utensil-free dining make for a uniquely enjoyable culinary experience with friends. For those who want a change from the more popular ethnic cuisines like Thai or Indian, this place is a must-try!

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  2. Slurp slurp... one of the best places to slurp away on some delicious ramen is at Tsujita LA where you can enjoy one of Japan's latest crazes. This style of Tsukemen ramen is enjoyed by dipping individual bites of ramen noodle into a delicious bowl of broth. If you like eggs or even if you don't, make sure you add the soft boiled egg. Squeezing lime onto the noodles is my favorite part!

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  3. Hakata Ramen in Little Tokyo is a true culinary trailblazer. Where else can you customize every aspect of your noodle-y experience? I take favorite elements of my top spots (Asahi’s dumplings, Tsujita’s hard noodles, and Daikokuya’s fatty broth) and combine it into one intoxicatingly unhealthy meal.

    Every time I walk in, I say a little prayer to the noodle gods to thank Hakata’s chefs for their skill in creating countless combinations of ramen ingenuity.

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  4. Josef Centeno seems to be the latest up and coming chef making a mark in the LA food scene. From the Mediterranean inspired Baco Mercat to the Tex-Mex infused items at Bar Ama, Centeno makes distinct cultural influences his culinary signature. Any dish at either of his restaurants will take a guest on a worldly experience, accompanied by a flavorful punch sure to make an impression. More is sure to come in his culinary future.

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  5. Naya sunset. Naya is a sanskrit word for 'New'. This Indian restaurant has a club like room with lounges, a beautiful restaurant decorated with white sarees, and an outdoor patio. The food is authentic north Indian - bursting of spices and colors, yet very innovative. I really enjoyed their Chocolate Samosa - a sweet twist on an indian classic. The staff is very pleasing and courteous, and there is street and valet parking.

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  6. Can’t make it to Mt. Everest? Try Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine instead. Their delicious servings of curries, naan, and momos are good for lunch or dinner.  If you’re going for lunch, the lunch sets are the route to take.  For dinner, be adventurous and order a variety of their offerings. Ten percent of Tara's profits go toward rebuilding a school in Nepal.

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    1. I frequented that place when it was near my home in Woodland Hills. It has now relocated. Cannot go there as often as I wish to. Nepalese food is very close to Indian food, and this was one of the best Nepalase food I had ever tasted.

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  7. EVA Restaurant is my favorite place to dine in LA! EVA's a brunch HOTSPOT! EVA purchases their food from local farms, so they give back to the community, by supporting local businesses. From taste to presentation, EVA is a cut above the rest. It provides intimacy, yet Mark Golds staff does a great job of making you feel like you're apart of the cast of "Cheers." For that reason I am an addict!!!

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  8. Hot, savory, steamy and deliciously soft bread at Bouchon Bevery Hills. I have dreams about it and then day dreams about their tarts and macarons. Too bad it's bad for my wallet and teeth. I guess I put my dental money to Bouchon's Pastry Chef, Alen Ramos.

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    1. aww I know I'm passed the deadline... but I notified you guys the comment box was down :( does that count?

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