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Read and listen about the December 2005 show’s recently published Annual Restaurant Issue 2007 was discussed during Sophie Gayot’s November 9th 2007 appearance on KNX 1070 Frank Mottek's Business Hour.

Frank Mottek - Sophie Gayot
Frank Mottek and Sophie Gayot in the KNX studios.

The much-anticipated newsletter names the U.S. Top 40 Restaurants, Top 10 New Restaurants, Top 10 Steakhouses, Top 5 Pastry Chefs and Rising Chefs. Los Angeles should be proud to have a winner in all five categories:

Top 40 Restaurants: Mélisse, Patina, Providence, Sona and Spago Beverly Hills
- Top 10 New Restaurants: All’ Angelo
- Top 10 Steakhouses: CUT
- Top 5 Pastry Chefs: Karen Hatfield, Hatfield’s
- Rising Chefs: Kris Morningstar, Blue Velvet.

Sophie expanded on the latest trends on the nation’s restaurant scene: the strength of the lounge, the ever-present use of farmers’ market and seasonal products, the continued popularity of small plates and burgers and the rise of rosé, and how dressing-down to dine has become de rigueur.

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


CUT Steakhouse
Dining Room at CUT, Beverly Hills, CA Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Menu | Photo | Video
Wolfgang Puck’s modern, elegant steakhouse at the Beverly Wilshire is frequented by the movers and shakers of Los Angeles. More...

Mélisse French
Dining Room at Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA 1104 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Menu | Photo | Video
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
Menu | Photo
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
Menu | Photo | Video
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
Menu | Photo | Video
Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant features an evolved look and menu with a slightly more contemporary approach. More...


Studio French
No Rating
Dining Room at Studio, Laguna Beach, CA Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
| Photo | Video
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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(Published: 11/09/07)


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.