jgold 101 at union station
jonathan gold's list of 101 best restaurants in LA was released by the LA times last week, and they threw a launch party at union station to celebrate. it was considerably smaller than the bite nite hosted at the times' printing plant back in may, but the food was just as good. and there was enough time to visit most of them several times (i know i sure did!).
for me personally, it was a mix of places i know and love (lincoln, b.s. taqueria), places i've been wanting to go but haven't had the chance (petit trois, jon and vinny's, cassia) and places not really on my radar that i now have to go try (leona, mariscos jalisco). all the food was amazing, and i got seconds and even thirds of most of the savory dishes. the standout/surprise of the night for me though was mariscos jalisco! that crispy shrimp taco was just SO. GOOD.
like bite nite, another really fun aspect of the event was all the chefs! everyone on the list was invited to the event, even if they weren't serving food. it was fun to get to chat with various chefs while they were plating, see celebrity chefs like tom colicchio chatting with michael voltaggio, and watch LA's "taco royalty" take a group photo.
and of course, after all the savory, it was time for some dessert! delicious cookies and cake and tarts were the perfect way to end the night.