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'To Live and Dine in LA' Brad Johnson's Best of LA

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Last Sunday Angeleno Magazine honored some of Los Angeles' best chefs and restauranteurs during the "Chef's Night Out" charity event. James Beard Award-winning critic Brad Johnson recently chose his top 50 restaurants for the July issue of Angeleno in a marathon of gastronomy that seems at times to have rivaled Le Grande Boeuf. Johnson's annual survey of local restaurants is broken down into a Top 50, Top 25 and Top 10.

Urasawa, AOC, Artolan and Spago are a few of the top 10 restaurants in LA, according to Johnson. Notable amongst the top 25 are Pizzaria Mozza, Craft, Campanile, Cut, Mori, and The Hungry Cat, The top 50 names such popular spots as The Border Grill, Animal, Grace, Fig, and Katana.

There is a definite bent towards high end restaurants and the geographically convenient. A map could trace the top 50 from downtown to Beverly Hills, then down the 3rd Street corridor to Brentwood and Santa Monica. In spite of the recent culinary explosion in Culver City, there still appears to be no life south of the 10 freeway, or anywhere in the 818 for that matter.

Plaques, umm, "plates" were awarded to top chefs and restauranteurs during the Chef's Night Out and LAist is pleased to present them in this photo gallery. (Restaurants not on hand to accept their awards were Osteria Mozza for Outstanding Wine service,Cecconi's for Best Restaurant Design and Capo for the Vanguard Award).

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Stay tuned for mouthwatering pictures of the charity event!