Newsletter: The 101 is here! Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, 2017 edition, is out this week

Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants.
(Los Angeles Times)

It is a truly excellent week to be an Angeleno — if not to live here, then to love this town and enjoy the remarkable food scene L.A. has to offer. The Dodgers are going to the World Series (yes, we still love Dodger Dogs, though you can even get poke bowls these days), and this year’s edition of Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list is out.

The online list (new restaurants! new map!) is now live, with a new number one restaurant for the first time since Gold’s Times list began in 2013. If you carry around the print version in your car, as many of us do, it hits your doorstep in this Sunday’s paper. Happy dining, and remember that some restaurants will likely be turning their televisions, if they have them, to the game tomorrow night. (I can recommend Sun Nong Dan for both baseball and the galbi jjim.)

Amy Scattergood

Live scallop, almond and wild fennel frond.
Live scallop, almonds and fennel at Vespertine.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times )

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