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The New Zagat Guide is Out Today ...and it Tweets!
The newest edition of Zagat covering Los Angeles and Southern California Restaurants was released today. Zagat 2010 covers 2,034 restaurants as voted on by local amateur foodies.
As with anything in today's internet age, the guidebook, ratings and reviews are not only listed on Zagat's website, but they are now available for the first time on mobile platforms, including apps for the iPhone and Android. Oh, and they Twitter (of course).
In another example of Zagat's progressiveness, food trucks were also added to this edition. Kogi Korean BBQ, Lomo Arigato and Frysmith were all worthy of mention.
Although most diners responding to the survey are feeling the economic crunch and eating out less, "55% of surveyors report finding better deals at restaurants; 36% say getting a table at popular places is easier; and 20% say ironically they are eating healthier as a result of cutting back on alcohol and rich foods." Voted the best "Bang for your Buck" this year were In-N-Out Burger, followed by Best Fish Taco, Tommy’s, Kogi Korean BBQ and Portillo’s Hot Dogs.
The Top Newcomer this year is The Bazaar by José Andrés, scoring 27 on the Zagat 30-point scale for its Food. Voted second was Drago Centro and coming in third was local fave Church & State. In spite of the recession, Urasawa wins this year’s awards for Top Food and Top Service. It will surprise no one that "Pizzeria Mozza edged out Spago as this year’s Most Popular restaurant." Other restaurants in the Most Popular category are In-N-Out Burger (it's like a cult), A.O.C, and Osteria Mozza. No doubt next year will find Mozza2Go on the list as well.