Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants for 2014

LA Times Celebrates Second-Annual Dining Guide with a Pair of Bite Nites

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Times will publish Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, the definitive guide to local dining, on May 18th. New this year, the 101 will arrive in a glossy, easy-to-carry digest size and will be distributed with the Sunday paper. It will also be sold individually at select retail locations including Barnes & Noble, many of LAX and John Wayne Airport’s Hudson News outlets, The Times LAX store in Terminal 5, and via latimes.com/store. The digital edition will be optimized for mobile devices and made available only to Times members at latimes.com/jgold101.

In celebration of this year's best, Gold will host a duo of intimate Bite Nite events at The Times' printing plant in Downtown L.A.'s Arts District on May 19th and 20th. Each evening will feature a hand-picked selection of restaurants and tickets will be made available exclusively to Times members beginning 10:00 a.m. PDT on April 30th.

            “Throughout the year, Times readers rely on Jonathan’s eclectic tastes and encyclopedic knowledge of local dining – from where to find the best tacos, to who has the most authentic dumplings, to which pizzeria is not-to-be-missed,” said Alice Short, The Times’ Assistant Managing Editor, Features. “The 101 brings it all together and is Jonathan Gold’s essential roadmap for understanding and appreciating our region’s vibrant food scene.”

The guide is designed for voracious readers and audacious eaters. Included is an essay on current culinary culture in L.A. and capsule reviews of each restaurant by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic paired with ravishing images from The Times’ award-winning photographers. An interactive map and sortable lists allow 101 readers to chart their courses online, while those whose eyes are bigger than their stomachs will enjoy feasting on a new video series highlighting the diversity of cuisines and influences in the Southland.

"Food and dining is of keen interest to our readers, Southern Californians at large, and all who visit here year-round," said Bill Yawman, Senior Director of Audience Development for The Times. "Providing exclusive online access to the 101 for Times members while making the guide available for individual purchase allows us to serve all audiences with the news they crave."

For more information about Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants, Bite Nite and how to activate or initiate a Times membership, go to latimes.com/getgold.

NOTE: Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants cover image available by request.

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