The Five Rules For Dining In L.A., According To Jonathan Gold

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Jonathan Gold at Mariscos Jalisco in Boyle Heights in 'City of Gold' (Courtesy of Goro Toshima/Sundance Selects)

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold often takes to Instagram to share snaps of his latest meals, but on Tuesday night he uploaded something a little different.

The native Angeleno and patron saint of the city's dining scene shared what appears to be his own handwritten diktat on how to eat in L.A., and it is excellent. Written in what looks like pencil on a square scrap of paper, Gold lays out his five most important rules for dining in Los Angeles. Unsurprisingly, they follow the Gold-ian ethos of dinner as adventure, stressing the beauty of strip mall gems and importance of driving a few extra minutes for a great meal.

Here they are in full:

1. If the restaurant you have been directed to lies between the 7-Eleven and the dry cleaners in a dusty strip mall, they you're probably at the right place.

2. The restaurants with the longest lines are either better than their competitors or fifty cents cheaper. Try and know the difference.

3. There is no shame in avocado toast.

4. The best choice is always the restaurant 15 minutes further than you are willing to go.

5. The taco honors the truck.

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