Brad A. Johnson, one of our favorite local restaurant critics, has been busy trotting the globe ("spending a lot of time in Mexico lately," he tells Grub Street, and backed up by a round-up of his favorite dishes from around the world) twirling his fork about town in the last year, and scoring a SATW Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for the "best independent travel blog" 'following his parting with Angeleno.
Like S. Irene Virbila and Mr. Gold, the critic drops his own "best-of" lists to wrap up 2011, endorsing 20 new eating options that landed on L.A.'s map. Spice Table takes the number-one spot, while M.B. Post scores a hat trick, mentioned on all three critics' lists. Elsewhere, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing gets an alternate shout-out, while Mezze, N/Naka, ink., Next Door by Josie, Artisan House, Maison Giraud, and Cook's County are among the worthy that also get the big thumbs up from Mr. J. [Brad A. Johnson]