[Note: This was moved from Not About Food - The Chowhound Team]
LA Weekly has a list of 99 "essential" Los Angeles restaurants this week. (Hope there wasn't already a thread on this, I didn't see one ...)
The first thing I thought was that a Chowhound poll for essential restaurants would be sort of similar. I don't think there were more that a couple of places on the list that I haven't seen discussed on the LA board. Al-Watan for Pakistani is one that didn't ring a bell, though that doesn't mean much, I could have missed it. I'm not sure if the board's list of essential restaurants would be the same, exactly, it's more that 'hounds have been frequenting the places he lists enough for them to be mostly familiar to people who read the board.
FWIW, it wasn't "best" it was "essential" which means it "reflects Los Angeles in a startling and unusual way." Read the link for the full definition.