These restaurants rose for the Los Angeles community in 2021

Welcome to Year in Eater 2021 an annual tradition that looks back on the highs, lows, and midway between Los Angeles’ restaurant scene. Today, LA’s finest food writers, editors, and journalists highlight the restaurants that went up for the Los Angeles community this year.


Cathy Chaplin, Eater LA Associate Editor

Kudos to East Hollywood’s Bé Ù and Chinatown’s Broadway Cuisine for putting people before profit.

Danielle Dorsey, LA Thrillist Editor

Honestly, I’ve been so impressed with the amount of restaurants that have committed some of the sales to various nonprofits like No Us Without You, Downtown Women’s Center, etc. I think the folks at Nickel Diner deserve a shoutout for all the support , they have given to their local uninhabited community. It’s really inspiring to see.

Esther Tseng, freelance food writer

Gogo’s Tacos by Brittney Valles, which is structured so that one-fifth of its profits go to the Juan Carlos Cantoni Foundation, a foundation she started in honor of her late friend. I love Valle’s focus through the foundation on menopausal youth (18-25), their mental health and professional development. She constantly promotes good mental health in the kitchen at an early age, which will help to change the kitchen culture in a fundamental way.

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Evan Kleiman, great food host

Flavors from Afar because of their program that highlights refugee chefs in a quest to support families of refugees, immigrants, and displaced indigenous communities.

Farley Elliott, senior editor at Eater LA

Not a restaurant specifically, but hospitality veterans Damián Diaz and Othón Nolasco do (still) incredible work with No Us Without You. It’s hard to think of a harder working duo – or any non-profit organization that does more for on-site assistance in the LA restaurant community.

Josh Lurie, FoodGPS.com founder

Hospitality professionals Damian Diaz and Othón Nolasco and their organization No Us Without You continue to make great efforts to feed undocumented restaurant workers. It is remarkable to see people in the restaurant community step forward to keep people full, housed and hopeful.

Lesley Suter, Eater Travel Editor

I was so proud that Proof bakery became a cooperative – it’s so hard to get hold of, and it just makes the baked goods taste even better.

Matthew Kang, Eater LA editor

Bé Ù. I just love everything the restaurant represents and wish it the greatest success.

Mona Holmes, Eater LA Reporter

I interviewed Brittany Valles earlier this year and I love what she does for Los Angeles. She employs young people seeking guidance and has a vision designed to inspire LA’s youth. I also appreciate Tiffany Hinton, the founder of Black Owned Food Week in LA. She put together a locally organized restaurant week designed to help restaurants. Post & Beam owner always shows up for the community. This year, his restaurant will serve hundreds of meals to the homeless until the end of 2021.

Nicole Adlman, Eater Cities Manager

I learned the Filipino barbecue legend that Park’s Finest, which had apparently been dormant since the beginning of the pandemic, actually continued its Feed the Frontliners initiative in 2021 to feed health care professionals in Los Angeles; to date, the restaurant and the Pillar of Society have prepared more than 90,000 meals for first aiders, nurses, doctors and other health professionals.

Patricia Kelly Yeo, Food & Beverage Editor, TimeOut LA

Brittney Valles. Between opening Gogo’s Tacos, starting a non-profit organization, and continuing to run Tiago and Guerrilla Tacos, she’s done quite a bit for LA’s restaurant industry.

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