After sampling the better part of Los Angeles’s 20,000 or so bistros, gastropubs,
and grand halls of fine dining, the only thing swelling more than our bellies is our pride. This is one tasty town. Here, in ascending order, are our picks for where to dine now
Joel Stein grew up in Edison, NJ, went to Stanford, and in 1997 became a staff writer for TIME. In 1998, he began writing his sophomoric humor column that now appears in the magazine every week. His book, Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity is not on any best seller lists. He’s also written fourteen cover stories for TIME, and has contributed to The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Businessweek, Wired, Real Simple, Sunset, Playboy, Elle, the Los Angeles Times, and many more magazines, most of which have gone out of business. He has appeared as a talking head on any TV show that asks him, taught a class in humor writing at Princeton, and wrote a weekly column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. This is the most he’s ever written in third person.
You don’t know what’s good because you have to drink a whole lot of different kinds of wine to know what’s good, and you’re too lazy to even drink different wine. It’s as if you stopped eating food after eating McDonald’s.