Gourmet Magazine rounds up four L.A. restaurants that it feels are “worth the money.” With cheap eats like Jitlada’s Thai and ancient Du Par’s, alongside well-priced wunderkinds like Palate Food + Wine, we’re a little befuddled as to what the connection is in price or product, especially with Napa’s costly French Laundry staring at us from below. Kyochon’s fried chicken earns a shout, so perhaps we’re looking at places that are just dependably worth trying. We’d feel good about adding a few to the list, like Sapp’s for Thai, the Peruvian and Mexican kitchens in Mercado Paloma, charming and original Casita Mexicana in Bell, or Yuca’s James Beard-winning tacos. We feel Sakura’s sushi delivers the right bang for the buck, and can’t imagine high-priced Urasawa disappointing, once we’ve attained their required small fortune. Still and all, while we rarely clamor for DuPar’s over brunch at Hugo’s or Square One, Gourmet pinpoints three places we agree are worth the bill and the gas money.
Restaurants Worth The Money: The West [Gourmet Magazine]