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Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential Restaurants

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This week Jonathan Gold foregoes his weekly restaurant review in place of a dining guide that lists his top 99 "essential" eatery picks in this city. To J.Gold an "essential" restaurant "is one that reflects Los Angeles in a startling and unusual way...moves people, inspires them to think about food in a different way...and it’s also a damned good place to eat." From fine dining, to mobile truck to pedal-powered tricycle, all have been considered, and some included, in this list. Notable newcomers include: Auntie Em’s, Drago Centro, Gjelina, Golden State, Good Girl Dinette, Huckleberry, Kogi, Little Dom’s, LudoBites, Loteria Grill, Mo-Chica, Moles La Tia, Mozza, Pho Minh, Riva, Street, Tavern, and Wurstkuche. [LAW]

Kogi BBQ Food Truck

Moving Target!, Southern California, CA

Tavern Restaurant

11648 San Vicente Boulevard, , CA 90049 (310) 806-6464 Visit Website


800 East 3rd Street, , CA 90013 (213) 687-4444 Visit Website

Susan Feniger's STREET

742 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 323 203 0500 Visit Website

Huckleberry Cafe

1014 Wilshire Boulevard, , CA 90401 (310) 451-2311 Visit Website


3655 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007


1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, , CA 90291 (310) 450-1429 Visit Website

Drago Centro

525 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 Visit Website