Announcing L.A.'s Iconic Dish Competition!

Photo by Jakob LaymanThere are a huge number of people around the world who think Angelenos don't really eat. And only go to restaurants for the scene.

This is, of course, baffling to anyone who's lived in L.A. longer than two years or so.

Los Angeles is full of people who care passionately about food, and there are plenty of restaurants happy to serve us. We don't all agree on what constitutes "good," but we do know we like our burgers, our froyo, our Korean BBQ, our pizza. (That's right, our pizza. We like it.)

The thing is, we don't have one iconic dish. Nothing that we can point to and say, "this. This is Los Angeles on a plate."

But we should have that dish, and we're going to find out what it is. Come back here to KCET Food on Monday, and vote in our competition. It's a Sweet Sixteen of dishes that originated in L.A. and are still served at the very place they were created. (Which means California rolls are out, as is the Cobb salad.)

See you back here Monday, food lovers.

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About the Author

Katherine's role as the Living editor at KCET.org keeps her running from farms to markets to restaurants to pop-up swaps all over SoCal. She's been living in and writing about this area for over a decade.
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