stuffed tomato from Lavash Hovo in Armenia

In 2017, I had a lot of wonderful meals. Some so memorable, I want to build a time machine to go back to that meal.

Here’s a list of my faves this year!

These are not in any particular order other than by location:


Bar Clacson – sandwiches, great cocktails and fun back bar, The Slipper Clutch

So Long, Hi – refined Thai food

Izakaya Gazen – my new fave sushi and izakaya spot

Cleo – good choice for Greek salad, mezze, falafel

Officine Brera – Italian in the Arts District

Prank Bar – fun neighborhood spot

Sakana Sushi – probably where I eat lunch the most these days

Sari Sari – my current fave Filipino spot

Rudolph’s Bar & Tea – cool bar at the Freehand Hotel

The Exchange Restaurant – welcome lunch option at the Freehand Hotel

Silver Lake

Daw Yee Myanmar Corner – I like this Burmese spot better than the original Monterey Park location

Pine & Crane – good Taiwanese food in hipsterville

The Friend – cocktails!


The Venue – new chef and great cocktails

Gwang Yang BBQ – my current fave KBBQ

Art Major – Bring your own fun!! Board games, beer and you can bring in food

Byul Gobchang – KBBQ with tater tots

Jun Won – bossam (pork belly lettuce wraps)

Mountain – chicken soup


Lono – creative tiki bar and refined Polynesian food

Ever Bar – such a pretty hotel bar

West Hollywood

Rosaline – Chef Ricardo Zarate’s delicious Peruvian spot with good drinks

Petite Taqueria – solid Mexican food

Ainoko at Petite Taqueria – Japanese-Mexican tasting menu


Barbara Jean – global soul food

West Los Angeles

Kato – I loved this Japanese/Taiwanese mash-up

Culver City

The Wallace – not a new spot but I love coming here for drinks and happy hour before a show at the nearby Kirk Douglas theater


Charcoal – fantastic meat

Eagle Rock

Room 31 – very nice cocktails

San Gabriel Valley

The Legendary (Alhambra)- my current fave Sichuan spot

Monkey Bar (Arcadia)- good eats and drinks

626 Lobster (Rosemead)- if you don’t want to wait for Newport Seafood, this is a good choice for fresh lobster and crab

Sun Nong Dan (San Gabriel) – Korean shortribs stew (original location in Koreatown is also very popular)

Twohey’s Tavern (Pasadena) – I’m going back for ham and cocktails

Shaanxi Gourmet (Rosemead)- Chinese skewers and hand-pulled noodles

Centana Mon Myanmar (El Monte)- solid Burmese

Noodle King (Alhambra) – solid Chinese lunch spot

Orange County

Vaca (Costa Mesa)- good Spanish tapas and cocktails

Outside of LA – Travel posts

Zahav (Philadelphia) – wonderful Israeli

Vernick (Philadelphia) – perfect farm to table, new American

No Anchor (Seattle) – perfect little bites and beer

Herb & Bitter (Seattle) – fave bar find

Joule (Seattle) – steak!!

Foreign National (Seattle) – fun bar

Pho Y (San Jose) – good pho and banh cuon

Black Rooster Taqueria (Orlando) – tacos!

Lazy Bear (San Francisco) – cool lounge/ snacks

Pacific Cocktail Haven (San Francisco) – very hospitable bar

Mister Jiu’s (San Francisco) – gentrification has hit SF’s Chinatown and it’s not a bad thing

Whitechapel (San Francisco) – all the gin

Liholiho Yacht Club (San Francisco) – delicious food and drinks

Lavash Hovo (Armenia) – my favorite meal in Armenia

Centennial Beer (Chicago) – mussels

Lost Lake (Chicago) – my second fave tiki bar (outside of LA)

Avec (Chicago) – my new fave Chicago restaurant

Billy Sunday (Chicago) – new fave Chicago bar

Sama Sama (Santa Barbara) – Asian fusion and cocktails

Test Pilot (Santa Barbara) – fun tiki bar

The Lark (Santa Barbara) – fancy date night spot

And if you want to read about 2016 and 2015, here they are!

© The Minty 2017

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