‘Gold’ stars for a few Eastside eateries

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By Marni Epstein

L.A. Times restaurant critic and the man single-handedly responsible for making and breaking many restaurateurs in this city, Jonathan Gold, has released his latest list of the city’s 101 Best Restaurants. You need an L.A. Times subscription to get full access to the story, but we know you’re only interested in finding out which Eastside haunts made the list anyway. We’ve taken care of that for you right here.

With a smattering of Eastside locales, and cuisines ranging from lunch-time casual to those of  a menu so upscale I can’t pronounce half the things on it, these Eastside restaurants have your every whim covered.

#85 Mariscos Jalisco | Boyle Heights

We just mentioned last week how LA Magazine was fawning over Marisco Jalisco’s $1 oysters, and Jonathan Gold couldn’t seem to agree more. The venerable Boyle Heights truck delivers in providing quality and delicious seafood that could and should, in Gold’s opinion, start a city-wide revolution.

3040 E. Olympic Blvd.

#77 Guisados | Boyle Heights

If you’re looking for fresh tacos made from scratch (and love), look no further than Armando De La Torre’s original Guisados in Boyle Heights. Gold notes the simple taqueria still has options to satisfy everyone from the most ravenous carnivores, to the stingiest vegetarians, as well as those extreme eaters in search of a kick so spicy that it could send you to the ER.

2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.

#57  Sqirl | Virgil Village (Silver Lake adjacent)

Owner Jessica Koslow has gone from making jams, to jam-packing her breakfast and lunch spot. The crafty decor and the homemade jams, which are still at the forefront of the menu, embody the restaurant’s fresh and sustainable philosophies on food.

720 N. Virgil Ave.

#51  Allumette | Echo Park

Despite the sticker shock sometimes induced by this Echo Park restaurant, Gold notes that its constantly revolving tasting menu from chef Miles Thompson is always a welcome surprise. This high-concept “showplace” is best for forays into poached monkfish liver served with peeled sea grapes and similar haute cuisine.

1320 Echo Park Ave.

Think Jonathan Gold left anything off? Let us know which Eastside restaurant should have made the cut.

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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  1. I love the Sqrl listing as “Silver Lake adjacent” I’m not trying to insight another what’s east argument but this makes no sense. If you’re going to include a restaurant on Virgil as eastside then include all the other restaurants on the list that are east of that location. Like all the DTLA restaurants, or at least Bestia #14 (Arts District) “Boyle Heights adjacent”.

  2. Allumette?! Why is this even on the list? Does Gold own part of it? They should be ashamed of how they rip off their customers with their BS “small plates”.

    Guisados, though, should be top 10! Go there after Allumette. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of room to eat more.

    • I don’t mind the small plates at Allumette. I just wish that the quality of the food actually lived up to the effort they put into it.

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