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Miss Irene's Year in Dining 2008

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Chefs making "Philly cheesesteak" magic at The Bazaar

"It's impossible to capture the delights and terrors of a year of eating out in Los Angeles in a single short list," so begins Queen Virbila in today's recap of the critic's most memorable meals in 2008. She tried to keep to mostly restaurants that opened this year, but veers into old-standby material as well: Pizzas at Riva and Vincenti; "lusting after his baby beets and their greens," he being chef Gjelina's Travis Lett and she's talking about a salad (get your inner teenage minds out of the gutter); Bratwurst at Wurstkuche downtown; Zoe Nathan's pastries at Rustic Canyon; bistro food at Marche Moderne in the OC; braised lamb at Palate Food + Wine; fruits de mer at Anisette; "artful" coffee at LA Mill; spot prawns at Providence; Chameau's duck bistela; and "for sheer magic," air bread "Philly cheesesteak"---truth, one fantasmical little dish---at Jose Andres' The Bazaar.

Miss Irene concludes with a bittersweet plea: "Let's hope that all our favorites will manage to hang in until the good times roll around again. And that worthy newcomers, especially those opening up in downtown L.A. or anywhere else off the beaten track, will find an audience of enthusiastic eaters." Today the "S." stands for "sayonora."
· Memorable Meals of 2008 [LAT]

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