The Most Stunning Los Angeles Restaurant Eating Information of 2022
Welcome to the Year in Eater 2022 — an annual tradition that looks back at the highs, lows, and in-betweens of Los Angeles’s restaurant scene. Today, LA’s finest food writers, editors, reporters, and a few select others with strong opinions share the most surprising restaurant news of 2022.
Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA
Din Tai Fung dropping the Americana to move across the street to the Galleria, only for the Americana to then sign a different dumpling group to take DTF’s former space. Let the memes flow!
Oren Peleg, Freelance Writer
That no restaurant in the LA metro was awarded three Michelin stars. LA dining continues to be so misunderstood by the outside establishment.
Sharon Lee, Content Creator, @helloimsharon (TikTok)
Matthew Kang, Lead Editor, Eater LA
Ken Friedman’s shadow involvement with Horses was completely shocking to me.
A dining room at Horses in Hollywood. Wonho Frank Lee
Baxter Holmes, Senior Writer, ESPN
Just how many expensive tasting-menu (or overall expensive) restaurants are packing the city. I’m not sure it’s sustainable.
Danielle Dorsey, Senior West Coast Editor, Thrillist
The leaked City Council tapes — it’s past time for Kevin DeLeón to resign!
Jenn Tanaka, Contributor, Eater LA
Ramen Shack shuttering due to chef Keizo Shimamoto’s health issues.
Gary Baum, Senior Writer, The Hollywood Reporter
The forthcoming soup dumpling battle: Din Tai Fung leaving Americana at Brand for a new address down the street at the Glendale Galleria… and then Paradise Dynasty swooping right into that Caruso tenant vacancy. checkmate.
Cathy Chaplin, Senior Reporter/Editor, Eater LA
A black market exists for high-end Japanese milk bread.
Alison Herman, Staff Writer, The Ringer
A former foot clinic turning into the hottest restaurant in town.
Kristie Hang, Freelance Writer, Eater LA
The boba shortage that didn’t happen.
Plenty of boba. Shutterstock
Bill Esparza, Contributor, Eater LA
Delightfully surprised at all the new openings and development in my neighborhood, Hollywood.
Hadley Tomicki, Deputy Editor, LA TACO
Seeing street vendors get spit on, threatened, slapped, robbed, and shot in LA, Orange County, and beyond, paralleling yet another nationwide rise in hate crimes, has been sickening. On a more positive note, it’s encouraging to see Santa Ana City Councilman Johnathan Ryan Hernandez push to make such attacks be designated as hate crimes.
Josh Lurie, Founder, FoodGPS.com
The fact that three of LA’s restaurants seemingly closed and returned from oblivion is pretty close to miraculous. Here’s Looking At You, Needle, and Jun Won (now Jun Won Dak) all changed in fundamental ways, whether it’s the menu, model, or service format, but they’re just as exciting.
Andy Wang, Contributor, Robb Report and Food & Wine
That we had so many good restaurants open and find ways to thrive despite permitting delays, staffing issues, and other challenges that might make Los Angeles the hardest city in America to launch a restaurant.
Alissa Walker, Senior Writer, Curbed
Not at all surprising when you see the coalition they’ve built, but it was amazing to watch LA’s street vendors score win after win this year, including modernizing the codes regulating how food is sold by passing SB 972 at the state level. Now they’re ending the year by suing the city for the right to sell in so-called no-vending zones.
Lots of writers were fawning over Pijja Palace this year — except one. Wonho Frank Lee
Esther Tseng, Freelance Writer
That more than one food publication (including this one) raved about a particular Indian sports bar as LA’s representative “best” when I have been nonplussed — even flat-out disappointed — by my experiences there. It’s been completely confusing to me and makes me wonder about our varied literacies in Indian food in this city. Sure, there were Indian spices infused into bar food that we don’t have here yet, which creates novelty, but the execution was entirely off and unbalanced in the majority of dishes. The beer selection was also lacking, so I am strained to see the reason behind the hype over the hybrid.
Mona Holmes, Reporter, Eater LA
Am truly sad for Hotville Chicken. In a city where people are crazy for Nashville hot chicken, it’s incredible that a Prince family member — the family that invented LA’s favorite chicken — struggled to find its footing.
Lesley Suter, Special Projects Editor, Eater
Din Tai Fung leaving the Americana for the mall across the street!