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The Top Los Angeles Restaurant Newcomers of 2017

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LA’s most notable food writers talk about this year's most welcome restaurant additions

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Margherita pizza from Pizzana, Brentwood
Wonho Frank Lee
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

Rosaline, Lono, Rossoblu, Tsubaki

Jeff Miller, Founding editor, Thrillist LA

I'm sure almost everyone's going to say Felix, and they're not wrong -- it's amazing. I also love Neighbor, which is a couple doors down from there -- it's consistently great, and didn't get the attention it deserved at opening.

Pat Saperstein, Variety and Eating LA

Kismet, Felix, Wolfdown, Tsubaki, Cosa Buona, Mz Zh

Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch LA

I haven't eaten at Dialogue or Vespertine, so does it even matter what I think?

Esther Tseng, Estar LA

Felix, Rossoblu

Hadley Tomicki, UrbanDaddy

Verlaine, Tsubaki, Rosaline, Barbara Jean, 189 by Dominique Ansel, Sari Sari Store, the Ponte, the Mighty, Neighbor and Marugame Udon.

Garrett Snyder, Food Editor, Los Angeles Magazine

Dialogue, Felix, Kismet

Katherine Spiers, Host of Smart Mouth podcast

Rossoblu, Cosa Buona

Felix, Fenice
Wonho Frank Lee

Joshua Lurie, FoodGPS, Eater LA contributor

L.A. is experiencing an Italian Renaissance, and I'm a believer. I've always been a big fan of Sotto, and Rossoblu is another destination restaurant from the Samsons. Steve's rustic wood-grilled food and house-made Bologna-style pastas have been fantastic. It's great to see Evan Funke back in a kitchen with Felix, where he's paying painstaking tribute to Italy's greatest hand-made pastas. His salads and focaccia are also excellent. Pizzana has been a wonderful surprise on the Westside, with beautiful Neapolitan pizzas that aren't married to tradition, along with stellar baby artichokes and desserts. Finally, I always enjoy food from the Hatfields, and The Mighty is restaurant with terrific pastas, rotisserie chicken, and desserts. I'd eat there way more often if I worked downtown.

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

Even though I'm sure it's going to end up on a lot of the "restaurant grievance" lists - #UniOnEverything easily drove my favorite new kids on the block this year. From Testa's uni pasta, to Nick Erven's uni topped fried ramen egg at The Venue, and uni everything at Miyabi Uni, I'm so happy LA's added these gems to the roster. Sari Sari Store, So Long Hi, Rosaline, The Edmon, Prank, Eataly and Rossoblu would round out my top 10.

Andy Wang, Contributor, Food + Wine

Uovo. That amatriciana with its crispy guanciale floored me every time.

The Exchange. A Mexican-Chinese millennial cooks Israeli food, and it all just makes perfect sense. Getting to visit Broken Shaker for a cocktail before or after dinner is a great bonus. Alex Chang is doing the food up there, too.

Bone Kettle. This is like the Asian version of Chi Spacca, one of the best places in the city to eat meat. I need to write more about this soon.

Lasa and Sari Sari Store. I’m convinced that modern Filipino food might be the most exuberant and most comforting food of all.

Cosa Buona. Sometimes all you want is a good chicken parm sandwich.

Rosaline. Ricardo Zarate has a Josper oven that he turns up to 900 degrees. This makes me happy. Love the chaufa paella.

So Long Hi has really good Thai jerky, soups and fried rice, and that matters a lot.

It’s still early for Cal Mare, but I’m excited about what that place could become.

HiHo. It’s an excellent cheeseburger.

Gary Baum, Senior writer, The Hollywood Reporter

The Exchange, Pizzana, Felix, Hayden, Tintorera, Rossoblu, Kismet, LASA

Euno Lee, Eater LA contributor

Personal favorites: Nothingness Restaurant, Marugame Udon, Dong Lai Shun, Chakan Sullungtang

Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA

Felix, Oriel, Pizzana, Journeymen, The Exchange, Rossoblu

Crystal Coser, Eater LA Associate Editor

Rosaline, Felix, Cosa Buona, Mh Zh, Pizzana

Matthew Kang, Editor, Eater LA

Believe it or not, Vespertine. Kismet, Felix, Pizzana, Mh Zh, Rossoblu, Rosaline, Master Ha Sunsaeng, Killer Noodle, Uovo, HiHo Cheeseburger

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