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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.