Top 5 Favorite LA Restaurants 2012

What is the purpose of life without food?

1. Pizzeria Mozza– $$-641 N. Highland Ave.; Italian style carb overload worth every single bite. Chef’s Mario Batalli and Nancy Silverton offer fresh ingredients, simple dishes, and some of the best Prosciutto I have ever eaten. Lunch time is crazy but the bar seating is always nice. The meatball appetizer is a Pizzeria Mozza must.

2. BLT-$$$-8720 West Sunset Boulevard.; Brought to the west coast by chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel from NYC, BLT is the best steakhouse in Los Angeles if you ask me. BOA has the atmosphere, Morton’s has the tradition, BLT has it all. Known for their popovers, this restaurant is a steak lover’s fantasy. The side orders are a la carte and guests get a choice of many different steak sauces. Peppercorn and red wine are my favorites. My ultimate meal is a New York Steak cooked medium plus with a side order of creamed spinach and french fries.

3.Il Pastaio-$$$-400 North Canon Drive.; Authentic Italian food coming from Italian restaurateur brothers, this place is delicious. Catch celebrities dining here on a regular basis. The staff is attentive, the pasta choices are simple, and they serve my favorite style of Rugula salad. For dessert, the panna cotta is worth every calorie filled bite.

4. Malo-$$-4326 West Sunset Blvd.;  Street Style Tacos, Tequila, and Chipotle Salsa. Need I say more? Although the über hipster Silverlake atmosphere and mediocre service can be a turn off, the food is good. The chips are greasy and chewy cooked to perfection. They serve organic margaritas and offer numerous salsa options for every taste. One of my favorite mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

5. Figaro-$$-1802 North Vermont Avenue.; Located in historic Los Feliz village, Figaro is a french bistro winner. Chandeliers hang from the walls, charming uneven pavement, and the baguette’s, well they are just wonderful. A paris cafe right in the middle of LA.

Photo Credits: Local Eats & Eternal Optimist

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