The second-annual list of 101 best restaurants from L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dropped over the weekend.

Why should you be paying attention? Well, Ruth Reichl isn’t the only one to proclaim thatL.A. is the most important place in America to eat right now.” What’s more, Jonathan Gold is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, food-writing genius.

So, how does this year’s 101 list compare to last year’s? Providence remains L.A.’s best restaurant according to J. Gold.

Urasawa—which came in at No. 2 last year—is no where to be found on this year’s list. Shunji, ranked No. 4, is the highest-ranked sushi restaurant on the list this year.

Pot at the Line Hotel (Photo: The Line Hotel)

Pot at the Line Hotel (Photo: The Line Hotel)

Roy Choi’s Pot at the Line Hotel comes in at No. 23, and Kogi has fallen out of the top 10 (it ranked No. 5 last year). Chef Ludo Lefebvre‘s Trois Mec moved up 15 spots—it’s now at No. 8.

In a short video clip for the L.A. Times (watch it here), Mr. Gold introduces his 101 best list. He states that “tasting menus are beginning to overtake small plates menus—at least on the top end” and that “uni has replaced foie gras as the go-to luxury ingredient in Los Angeles.”

But the most enlightening J. Gold words of wisdom form the video have to be:

“L.A. is one of the most culturally-diverse cities in the world. The best way to explore this glorious mosaic may be at the table.”

The best thing about best-of lists is that they spark debate and controversy.

You can offer questions and commentary at 12pm today during a video chat with Jonathan Gold. You can leave your questions in the comments, tweet @latimesfood using #jgold101. Or share your questions on our Facebook page or Google +.

Photo: Lucky Peach

A print copy of Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants. (Photo: Lucky Peach)

[via Los Angeles Times]

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