Two San Fernando Valley restaurants have zoomed into the top-five best places for food in the prestigious Zagat Survey, which is being released today. Studio City’s Asanebo, famous for its kappo ryori- small Japanese dishes served with beer, wine or hot sake – was rated third overall, up from 25th last year. The cooking at Brandywine in Woodland Hills placed fifth, up from 24th last year. The restaurant also topped Zagat’s Continenal cuisine list. This is the 22 annual Zagat Survey of Southern California restaurants. “Zagat is a peer-to-peer survey, rated by diners themselves,” said Margret McWilliams, co-owner of Brandywine, which has been in business 18 years. “For customers, the survey is like a recommendation from a friend. Our menu hasn’t changed, but we always see new patrons coming in, and now we expect even more.” Zagat rated M?lisse in Santa Monica as No. 1 in town for food, followed by Nobu Malibu. Spago in Beverly Hills ranked the most popular for the first time, followed by A.O.C. in Los Angeles and Caf? Bizou in Sherman Oaks. Nancy Silverton, who was featured in an LA.COM cover story last Wednesday, and Mario Batali took top newcomer honors with their Hollywood spot Pizzeria Mozza. Canel? in Atwater Village was rated second on that same list, and the Oinkster in Eagle Rock came in seventh. Meanwhile, Saddle Peak in Calabasas ranked third on the list for new American cuisine, and Dr. Hogly Wogly’s in Van Nuys scored second place in barbecue. Brent’s in Northridge topped the deli list. Tuscany in Westlake Village and Leila’s in Oak Park were among those being worth a trip. Hotel Bel-Air won both top decor and service for the second consecutive year. The 2008 guide covers 2,187 restaurants and is based on the experiences of 8,859 locals who eat out or take out more than half their meals. “Few cities offer more variety than Los Angeles’ dining scene,” said Tim Zagat, co-founder of the Zagat Survey. “The people of Paris can only dream of having as many top-quality Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Cal-Med-style restaurants.” The results also revealed that 68 percent of Angelenos spend more on dining now than they did two years ago. However, while the average cost of a local meal rose 4.3 pecent since last year to $33.29, that’s still a dime below the national average of $33.39. Local diners tipped an average of 18.4 percent, a bit below the national average of 18.9 percent. [email protected] (818) 713-3692160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!