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So 2005: LAist's Year End Start Restaurant Pics

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We suppose we're going to have to cop a "better late than never" stance as we offer up this belated year-end look at food in LA. Actually, we've been thinking about this one since the day before we boarded a plane in mid-December for our long-ish holiday trip, when the waiting area at our nail salon already had their copy of Los Angeles Magazine's January issue, featuring their picks for the top ten restaurants of the year, but ours was not in our mailbox; for us that meant we'd be getting the word late, and, we suppose, better late than never. (Of course, we're kind of not impressed by their picks, so even though it sounds like we're passing the buck a bit, all in all it's a moot point.) But you'll still love us, right?

LAist is a wee bit hesitant to make big declarations about top restaurants, because restaurants are a precarious thing, subject to waves of popularity, surprise health inspections, trends in diets and foodstuff, celebrity proprietors, financial woe, and the ever-crushing blow of real estate. Also, we just couldn't get our wallet to open up wide enough to take us to some of the hottest spots in town, so we just had to live a little vicariously through the Chowhound Message Board, the glossy pages of LA Mag, and on our own small adventures, like the never ending pursuit of Sushi, and the chillingly fun thrills of LAist's own "Ice Cream Summer." Our "Delicious Spree from A-Z" is hovering in the letter G, we're still hunting for the best waffle and burger in town, but we're pretty sure we've found the best waiter. We liked Boba and we "Ate Different." Still, a few of us did manage to make some year-end picks, and we'll go ahead and pass them on, so you can maybe start your new year out with some dining ideas.

Kevin Kelly's Best Restaurants List:

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Dr. Hoggly Woggly's Tyler Texas BBQ - Van Nuys
Mel's - Hollywood and Sherman Oaks (an oldie AND a goodie)
Fred's 62 - Los Feliz
The Gumbo Pot - Farmer's Market - 3rd and Fairfax
The Apple Pan - West LA - Best Burger in LA

Chris Ullrich's Best Restaurants List:

Hugo's - Studio City
LaLa's - Studio City
Arroyo Chop House - Pasadena
Ciudad - Downtown
Great India Cafe - Studio City
Jar - Beverly Hills
Taco Bell - Anywhere at 2 am

Jen Sincero of Living In Sin's List of Best Burgers:

Father's Office
Cafe 101
TGI Fridays
In & Out

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Christine Ziemba's Best Restaurant Pick:

Angelini Osteria

And us, uh, I mean, me, the Food Editor's Picks? Well...we're playing it very, very safe.

Lindsay William-Ross' Foodstuff 2005 picks:

Best Sushi Bar Experience: Azami Sushi Cafe
Best [New] Ice Cream/Frozen Dessert: Gelato Paradiso in Hollywood
Best staff of 2005 restaurant: Town & Country
Best Summer-only Downtown Food & Drink Experience: New Otani Rooftop Beer Garden
Best New Bar: Match in North Hollywood
Worst Dining Experience: Figaro in Los Feliz
Best LA foodie info comes from:
1. Chowhound LA Message Board
2. Los Angeles Magazine
3. Eating LA blog
4. Our own Delicious Sarah's The Delicious Life blog
5. Tie: dining & Gayot's LA Restaurant News/Events