The Minty’s Best 2016 Meals

sea urchin from Santa Barbara Seafood Market

sea urchin from Santa Barbara Seafood Market


In 2016, I wrote over 150 posts. With so many meals, it’s hard to pick my top 5 or even 10. So this list is just a list of many, many favorite meals this year. And if you want to read last year’s list, here are the 2015 favorites.

High End

Orsa & Winston – favorite tasting menu in the city

71Above – romantic and gorgeous food with a view

Aburiya Raku – favorite Japanese small plates

Kali – wonderful and inventive

Maude – still my fave single ingredient menu that changes monthly, okay, so it’s the only one but it’s damn good

Broken Spanish – favorite high end Mexican

Otium – gorgeous bar and food

Norah – wonderful food

Sushi of Gari – favorite inventive sushi


I could eat this all the time

Everson Royce Bar – burgers and more

Here’s Looking at You – current fave in Ktown

Andare – pasta and more pasta!

Burritos La Palma – get ’em wet

Chengdu Pot – hot pot

LocoL – burgers!

Knead & Co Pasta Bar – casual Italian

Inotheke – light Greek

Hanjip – KBBQ in Culver City

Boston Lobster – fresh seafood

Fritzi – fantastic chicken

Same Same Thai Wine Bar – spicy in Silver Lake

Button Mash – Starry Kitchen food and video games

Lost at Sea – seafood in Pasadena

Salazar – tacos and cocktails

Mian – noodles

Chicas Tacos – casual lunch

Poppy & Rose – wonderful brunch

Torigoya – great Japanese curry

Jiouding – more hot pot goodness

PYT – if I ever went vegetarian

Westbound – cocktails and beautiful bar food

Sonoratown – tacos

Crawford’s Bar – fried chicken

Little Fatty / Accomplice Bar – Status Kuo’s new name fits foodies’ state of mind

AR Cucina – fantastic Italian


Fave Meals & Drinks outside of LA (Travel)

Izakaya Go – Japanese small plates in Las Vegas

Black Swan Saloon – drinks in Dallas

The Porch – fried chicken Cobb salad in Dallas

Pecan Lodge – favorite BBQ in Dallas

Santa Barbara DIY Lunch – both SB Fish Market & On the Alley

Industrial Eats – Buelton’s best grub


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