25 Greatest Dishes in Los Angeles of 2022

Over the course of this year, I’ve dined at over 250 restaurants as Time Out’s LA food and drink editor—and that’s not counting a couple takeout orders and other off-the-clock meals thrown in for good measure. Along the way, I tried what would end up becoming Michelin-starred restaurants, plenty of hidden gems and many places long considered among the city’s very best. From the hundreds of dishes I’ve sampled, here are my 25 favorites from New Year’s Day through mid-December.

While not every item on this list is available on a regular basis, I’ve only included dishes you could reasonably expect to find tomorrow, next week or next month—whether at a traditional restaurant or a regular pop-up. Many were simply new to me, while others came from entirely brand-new restaurants; Either way, I hope you’ll take the time to seek out at least a few that spoke to you. One of the greatest joys of living in Los Angeles is the access to some of the country’s most amazing food, and it’d be a shame not to try something—or somewhere—new in 2023. These are Time Out LA’s best dishes of the year.

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