If you ever doubted LA's streed cred when it comes to food, look no further than this past year. In 2013, some of the highest culinary awards were presented to Los Angeles chefs and restaurants; Downtown LA was named one of the best places to visit because of its food scene; and—personally speaking—the editors at Time Out LA had some of the most memorable meals at new eateries popping up in neighborhoods across the city. For our Readers' Choice awards, we're asking you to meet the outstanding new restaurants and bars that have opened in the past 12 months, as well as the chefs who made a considerable impact. Vote for your favorites and find out who wins on May 12.
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*Voting ends April 21 and the winners will be announced on May 12.
Readers' Choice nominees
Best new restaurant
We ate a lot of great food in 2013, and it only seems to be getting better. Somewhere between all the fantastic cheap eats and high-end, fine dining restaurants, a few outstanding contenders emerged this past year in our best new restaurant category. Check out our picks and vote for your favorite.
Chef of the year
It can be hard, when distracted by a memorable meal, to remember the people behind the food. But the chefs who are making the best Korean BBQ, Italian pasta and fine-dining multi-course meals in LA are certainly thinking about you (don't you feel guilty now?). Show them some love by voting for the best chef of the year.
Best new cocktail bar
With the art of mixology at an all-time high, LA's cocktail bars are pushing perfectly crafted libations to a whole new level. From hotel bars to rooftop lounges—not to mention the explosion of Downtown's bar scene—Angelenos have access to top notch cocktails across the city. Here, our picks of the best new cocktail bars to open in the last 12 months.
Best new cheap eats
When is there not a good time to marvel at a $3 taco? LA is full of mouth-watering cheap eats, whether you're craving a late night bowl of ramen or dumplings under $10. Thankfully, there's a new crop of affordable spots around town—check out our four nominees and vote for your favorite.
Best new pizzeria
Pizza is one of those bang-for-your-buck meals that can taste just as good at breakfast as it can fresh out of the oven—but not all pies are created equal. Whether you love a satisfying thin crust variety before schmoozing on a rooftop bar or a refined deep dish slice after hitting up the best karaoke bars in LA, you're sure to have a favorite—and so do we. Here are our picks for the best new pizzerias in town.
Best new local chain expansion
The term "chain restaurant" doesn't always bring quality grub to mind, but we found a few exceptions. The nominees on our list have won over Angelenos since their first store opened, dishing out vegan comfort food, some of the best chocolate in town, and more. You've helped them succeed and grow, and now you can help them win even more by voting in our best new local chain expansion category.
Best new LA institution revival
There are certain restaurants in this fine city of ours that scream "Made in LA": the delis that have been around for decades, the brunch restaurants that you go to every weekend, the Irish pubs with your name carved in the table. Some end up closing for good, but others have taken the time to reinvent themselves and come back with a bang. These four nominees for best new LA institution revival have won our hearts all over again.
Best new Mexican restaurant
In a city where you can find quality tacos under $10 in almost every neighborhood, it begs the question: What else you got? Our picks for the best new Mexican restaurant take Mexican cuisine to another level, whether you're stopping by for brunch or quenching your thirst with a creative spin on a margarita. Spread the love by voting for your top pick.
Best new neighborhood watering hole
Some nights you just want to keep it close to home. That dive bar around the block, the beer bar down the street—they're all part of what brings a neighborhood together. Check out our picks of the best new neighborhood watering holes to open this past year and vote for your favorite.