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The Top Los Angeles Restaurant Standbys of 2017

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Friends of Eater, and Eater editors, discuss their regular spots around town

Sonoratown’s flour tortilla taco with guacamole salsa on top.
Tacos at Sonoratown, Downtown LA
Farley Elliott
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Caroline Pardilla, Eater LA contributor, Caroline on Crack

Little Fatty, the Exchange, Republique

Jeff Miller, Founding editor, Thrillist LA

Sweetgreen and Verve are both around the corner from my apartment now, and I'd be lying if I said there were any other restaurants I hit more often than those.

Pat Saperstein, Variety and Eating LA

Luv 2 Eat Thai, Fat Dragon, Crawford's, Guisados

Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch LA

I ate at Baco Shop a lot. Also, Baroo, Gjusta, Elite, Mariscos Jalisco. But the only honest answer is (once again) Kula Revolving Sushi.

Esther Tseng, Estar LA

Pine and Crane, HomeState, Dai Ho, The Corner Place

Garrett Snyder, Food Editor, Los Angeles Magazine

Cosa Buona, Mh Zh, Dave's Hot Chicken

Katherine Spiers, Host of Smart Mouth podcast

Isaan Station, Hama Sushi, Ruen Pair

Hadley Tomicki, UrbanDaddy

Coni’Seafood, A-Frame, Monte Alban, Fig, Korean Super, Rudy & Hudson (while it lasted), Kato, Star Kosher Meat Market for Sunday kebabs and wherever Beyond Burgers and Waska are sold.

Joshua Lurie, FoodGPS, Eater LA contributor

This year, I had a baby girl, which has definitely changed the way I eat at night. I bring home roast chickens for my family pretty often, particularly wood-fired Pollo a la Brasa from K-Town. Smoky Peruvian-style chicken plus spicy ají makes for a great, simple dinner. I also order grilled trout, Cornish game hen, and koobideh on a regular basis from Taste of Tehran, a nearby Persian favorite.

Crab curry at Luv2eat Thai Bistro
Crystal Coser

Nicole Iizuka, Writer, Brit + Co.; Filmmaker, Tastemade

When I'm planning date night, Sushi Go 55. When my outfit is on point, Gracias Madre. When I cash a paycheck, Alexander's Steakhouse. When I need a cheese hug, Forma. When I want to befriend strangers, Belle Vie. When friends are visiting from out of town, Jitlada. And when I've had an awful day and all I need is something sweet and lovely, Magpies!

Andy Wang, Writer, Food + Wine

It’s such a cliché to rave about these places, but recent return trips to Bestia and Republique revealed that they’re still at the peak of their powers. Man, those restaurants are machines. So is Cassia. Also, I ate lot of tsukemen at The Tsujita in Glendale and a lot of HiHo cheeseburgers. It makes me sad that Burritos La Palma isn’t always at Smorgasburg, but I’ve driven to both El Monte and Santa Ana for my fix.

Gary Baum, Senior writer, The Hollywood Reporter

Sonoratown, Jon & Vinny’s, KazuNori, Odys + Penelope, Zankou, Uncle Paulie’s

Euno Lee, Eater LA contributor

Side Chick, Lunasia, Bonchon Chicken, Sun Nong Dan, Chil Po Haemultang, Aburiya Raku, Pasadena Sandwich Co., Dan Tana's

Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA

Sonoratown, Republique, Cosa Buona, Little Beast, Civil Coffee, Felix, Hayden

Crystal Coser, Eater LA Associate Editor

Republique, Sushi Chitose, In-N-Out, Myung-In Dumplings, Pho Consomme, The Sycamore Kitchen, Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Matthew Kang, Editor, Eater LA

Apple Pan, Taste of Tehran, Tacos Tamix, Korean Super, BacoShop, Howlin’ Ray’s, Tikifish, Phorage, Kogi Taqueria, Sun Nong Dan, Destroyer, Jun Won, Aburiya Raku, Sapp Coffee Shop, Luv2eat Thai Bistro