Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. He recently wrote an article for the paper declaring Chinatown the hottest restaurant district in Los Angeles. Here is a list of the newcomers as well as some of his old favorites.
Pok Pok Phat Thai
Oldies but Goodies:
Lucky Deli for roast duck
Buu Dien for "the best bahn mi in town"
Full House for Salt and Pepper shrimp at 2am
New Kamara for Cambodian noodles
Kim Chuy for peanut noodles, fish balls and fried leek cakes