LA's best dishes: The old-school vs. new-school smackdown

We compared LA's best dishes—like mac and cheese and BLTs—to their modern counterparts at restaurants like Cut and Sycamore Kitchen. See who won our best dishes challenge!

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Welcome to the Smackdown, where we pit two of LA's best dishes against each other and crown a winner. Our inaugural battle is a food fight between nine old-school favorites versus new school riffs on the classic. For six weeks, TOLA staff ate their way across town, judging 18 contenders—food categories from BLT to French toast and eateries from Bay Cities to Michael Voltaggio's Ink Sack—on presentation, value and taste. (And we polled our Facebook fans to vote on their favorites, too.) The winners, quite frankly, surprised us. But that's the point of a good smackdown. Let the games begin.

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French toast

Philippe the Original vs. Farmshop

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Jelly donut

Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts vs. Cooks County

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BLT

Ed's Coffee Shop vs. Sycamore Kitchen

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Key lime pie

House of Pies vs. Salt's Cure

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Fried chicken and waffles

Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles vs. The Tasting Kitchen.

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Mac and cheese

Pacific Dining Car vs. Cut

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Matzo ball soup

Canter's Deli vs. Umamicatessen

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Chocolate milkshake

Fountain Coffee Room vs. Sweet Rose Creamery

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Sub sandwich

Bay Cities Italian Deli vs. Ink. Sack.

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