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LAist's Bottom of the Barrel: Restaurant Edition

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LAist has noticed lately that all types of publications bend over backwards to tell you about the Best of this and the best of that, and personally, we're getting a little tired of hearing about it. The reality is this -- if you live in Los Angeles there are more "great places" to go (i.e. restaurants, clubs, bars, malls, et al) that you'll probably never have to waste your time in the bad places.

But wouldn't it be nice to know which places to avoid?

Enter LAist's "Bottom of the Barrel" feature -- where we tell you which places suck the big one, and you respond in the comment section with a variety of angry responses as to why you think we're wrong. It's a carefree, joyous fun experience for all to share in.

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This week we center on the 5 Worst Restaurants we can think of -- where things like food poisoning and dirty silverware are just the beginning:

Hirozen Sushi (Beverly Boulevard, East of the Beverly Center): What used to be the best-of-the-best is now the worst-of the sushi strip mall locations. Crammed in the corner of a strip mall and next to a Lamps Plus location -- Hirozen was once packed with the cream of the crop on any given weeknight. But longer wait times and declining quality of sushi slowly took over. Whether it's the over saturated mayo-spicy tuna rolls or the oily crab cakes -- most of the staff has left Hirozen to work at places like Katsu Ya and Nobu over the last 12-18 months. Take it from the staff -- when they leave, you don't come back.

Twain's (Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater): It's been vocalized before here (and among LAist contributors there is an obvious split in opinion) that Twain's has got to be one of the worst diners in all of the San Fernando Valley. Whether it's the fact that their sausage and egg omlettes taste like they cut up old hot dog pieces into it or the fact that they use an old broken down microwave to heat up their frozen biscuits for the breakfast rush -- the whole assembly line mentality (without the cool technologically-advanced assembly line) makes eating there a laborious process. Want diner food? Try Mel's or Jerry's instead.

Jack Sprat's (Pico Boulevard, East of Westside Pavillion): Just because you get a warm pretzel before your meal doesn't have any long-lasting effect on us and our opinion of this over-hyped, under-realized lunchtime haunt. Really, what's so great about this place? The salads are average, as are the sandwiches and for the price, we'd rather go somewhere else.

Miyagi's (Sunset Boulevard, West of Crescent Heights): Sushi, prepared for the masses. Really, that's all you need to say about Miyagi's -- which (in our opinion) was made into a sushi place just so people would come and buy alcohol. The sushi is way average, bordering on bland and unless you're looking for a place where getting drunk hides the flavor or lack-thereof of the sushi, you're better off going to Sushi on Sunset which is a mere few blocks away.

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Newsroom Cafe (Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica): The original Newsroom over on Robertson is good if you're into the unique meals they prepare. But the Santa Monica edition of this restaurant is all good in the food area, but not-so-great when it comes to space. A tiny little alcove in what must have previously been a shoe-shine stand -- it's just too cramped to even think about meeting three friends for breakfast. Don't get us wrong, the food is fine. But unless you're thinking of swinging by quickly, picking up your food and leaving -- this isn't the place to stop on a Sunday to eat, relax and read. For that, stick with the privacy of your own den.

LAist is sure there are more out there that belong on this list. What's YOUR worst dining experience in Los Angeles?