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LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW (Aired October 28th 2006)
PART 1 - Introduction of
PART 2 - The Top 40 Restaurants
PART 3 - Restaurant Trends

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On Saturday, October 28, chef Jamie Gwen interviewed Sophie Gayot on her celebrated weekly radio talk show. The conversation focused primarily on the publication of's Restaurant Issue 2006.
During Gayot's KABC 790 appearance, the pair talked about the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., placing a particular emphasis on the half-dozen based in the Los Angeles area.

Jamie Gwen (right), Lana Sills (standing in the back), the show producer and Sophie Gayot (left) in the KABC studios.
Sophie is dressed by

They also spent time discussing the restaurant trends of the past year, the closing of L'Orangerie in Los Angeles and Jamie's latest cooking gadgets.

Below is the list of restaurants that were mentioned during the show.


Mélisse French
Dining Room at Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA 1104 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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The epitome of Los Angeles fine dining, Mélisse fluently bridges French sophistication with style. More...

Patina French
Dining Room at Patina, Los Angeles, CA Walt Disney Concert Hall
141 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Downtown LA's Grand Avenue is an aptly named location for Patina, as it is a grand restaurant. More...

Providence Seafood
Dining Room at Providence, Los Angeles, CA 5955 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Chef Michael Cimarusti continues to maintain the reputation of this fine-dining destination for seafood in Los Angeles. More...

Spago Beverly Hills California
Dining Room at Spago Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA 176 N. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant features an evolved look and menu with a slightly more contemporary approach. More...

25 Degrees Burgers
Dining Room at 25 Degrees, Hollywood, CA The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Burgers and fries go upscale around the clock at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. More...

Urasawa Japanese
Dining Room at Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA Two Rodeo
218 N. Rodeo Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Hiroyuki Urasawa conveys tradition, contemplation and wonder with his kaiseki opus. More...


Buddakan Asian
Dining Room at Buddakan, New York, NY 75 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10011
Trendy Asian-Fusion eatery that exudes equal parts opulence and flavorful fare. More...

Daniel French
Dining Room at Daniel, New York, NY 60 E. 65th St.
New York, NY 10065
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Daniel Boulud's French contemporary cuisine floats like a butterfly. More...

db bistro moderne French
Dining Room at db bistro moderne, New York, NY City Club Hotel
55 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
Chef Daniel Boulud's exquisite fare at a more modest price. More...

The Modern French
No Rating
Dining Room at The Modern, New York, NY The Museum of Modern Art MoMA
9 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019
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The Modern makes its home at The Museum of Modern Art. More...


Burger Bar Las Vegas Burgers
Dining Room at Burger Bar Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Place
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Chef-restaurateur Hubert Keller has raised the bar for the ever-popular burger. More...


Studio French
No Rating
Dining Room at Studio, Laguna Beach, CA Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Perhaps OC's most scenic and romantic restaurant with high-class cuisine and a list of 2,500 different wines. More...


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Photo Alexandre Meiers
(Published: 10/30/06)