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An Ethiopian feast at Rosalind’s Restaurant.
An Ethiopian feast at Rosalind’s Restaurant
Wonho Frank Lee

38 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles

LA’s definitive restaurants across an of array cuisines, neighborhoods, and price points 

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An Ethiopian feast at Rosalind’s Restaurant
| Wonho Frank Lee

Every quarter, Eater LA publishes a map of 38 standout restaurants that best represents Los Angeles’s incredible dining culture. In this massive metropolis, there are new and span-generations street food stands, a cacophony of international cuisines, and restaurants of every scale and size that use the best of the region’s fresh produce. An overarching theme of Los Angeles’s food is that flavors need to stand out — ideally heat, acid, and umami are present, in some form, in every dish. At its core, the city’s far-flung neighborhoods, cultures, and flavors coalesce into an array of culinary boundary-bending restaurants that make it the most compelling place to dine in America. Now that hot vaccination summer has arrived, Los Angeles has seen an uptick in dining out, a much-needed near-return to homeostasis for the city’s defining restaurants. Here now, the 38 essential restaurants in Los Angeles.

Removed: Casa Vega, Porto’s, Antico, Yuk Dae Jang, Joy, El Ruso, Fatima’s Grill, Mariscos Jalisco, Birrieria Apatzingan, Meals by Genet, Heritage BBQ

Added: Angler, Mírame, Morihiro, Kato, Petite Peso, Aqui es Texcoco, Yang’s Kitchen, Angelini Osteria, Gusto Bread, Rosalind’s, Love & Salt

Restaurants are located in geographic order, from west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tacos Los Palomos

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20505 Sherman Way
Winnetka, CA 91306

This prolific stand helmed by Indigenous taqueros serves some of the top al pastor in the city, though they also prepare carne asada, suadero, tripas, and more as vampiros, burritos, and tortas. Check its Instagram (or better yet, DM them) for the latest locations, which include Mission Hills, El Monte, South LA, and Torrance. —Matthew Kang

Al pastor tacos from Tacos Los Palomos.
Al pastor tacos from Tacos Los Palomos
Matthew Kang

2. Me + Crepe

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89 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 345-5291
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Pasadena has a varied restaurant scene with plenty of new spots and established players, but Me + Crepe has managed to outshine them all with a simple take on the Chinese street classic jian bing. The wrapped specialty comes with vegetables or meat, though the barbecue pork or roast duck are probably the best items to have on the menu. —Matthew Kang

Cooks making jian bing at Me + Crepe
Cooks making jian bing at Me + Crepe
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3. Asanebo

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11941 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 760-3348
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Tetsuya Nakao’s impeccable attention to detail and service are why he remains one of the leading sushi chefs in the San Fernando Valley. Asanebo’s reopened in February, the perfect spot to try the halibut yuzu or toro carpaccio, though the counter is now available for omakase feasts. —Mona Holmes

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4. Morihiro

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3133 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3993
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Los Angeles is filled with sushi stars, but few are brighter than Morihiro Onodera. His eponymous new Atwater Village restaurant is the culmination of a career spent all across the city (most notably at Mori in West LA, and later at Shiki in Beverly Hills), seating celebrities and locals while quietly preparing some of the city’s best Japanese food. Now he’s doing things his own way, under his own roof, even using ceramics he made by hand. —Farley Elliott

Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Dishes from Morihiro
Morihiro

5. Golden Deli Restaurant

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815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 308-0803
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Find Southern-style Vietnamese food at this perpetually busy, efficiently run, and solid-as-can-be restaurant. Come for the blistered cha gio stuffed with ground pork and woodear mushrooms, and served with herbs and greens for garnishing and wrapping, respectively. Then, settle in for a bowl of pho (rare beef, brisket, and tripe are the holy trinity of beef noodle soup), a platter of broken rice topped with a sunny side egg (the one with grilled pork, shredded pork, and steamed pork loaf won’t disappoint), or a bowl of cool vermicelli noodles. The nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette) here is top notch, so spoon it on liberally or better yet, just dump the whole thing onto rice or noodles. —Cathy Chaplin

6. Pa Ord Noodle

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5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 461-3945
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Thai Town has a wealth of excellent restaurants, and Pa Ord stands out as a perennial favorite, executing a wide menu of beloved dishes like beef penang, green papaya salad, and boat noodles. The menu highlights extend to a rich, tangy tom kha soup and fried rice boasting plump shrimp. Basically everything at Pa Ord is fantastic. —Matthew Kang

Pa Ord Noodle

7. Yang's Kitchen

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112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 281-1035
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Find impeccably sourced ingredients and careful cooking at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra. While the restaurant no longer serves the modern Chinese menu that made it a local and national sensation, chef Chris Yang’s updated lunch and brand-new brunch menus are chock-full of delightful flavors and ingredients that are truly just as great. Highlights from the lunch menu include salt-and-pepper fried chicken wings and cold sesame noodles, while mochi pancakes and a traditional Japanese breakfast are the early hits from the brunch menu. —Cathy Chaplin

A collection of brunch dishes like pancakes, and steak and eggs at Yang’s Kitchen.
Yang’s Kitchen
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8. Xiang La Hui

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621 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 703-4165

Sichuan cuisine has had a resurgence in San Gabriel Valley in recent years, and none has been more consistent than Xiang La Hui, which has everything from a nuanced mapo tofu to wonderful toothpick lamb. —Matthew Kang

A bright red bowl of mapo tofu loaded with spices.
Mapo tofu from Xiang La Hui
Wonho Frank Lee

9. Needle

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3827 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Ryan Wong’s casual restaurant in Silver Lake continues to impress with a revolving menu of everyday Cantonese classics. The pork chop bun, char siu pork rice, and beef curry are must orders. Starting in April, Needle started a new one-table dinner tasting menu from Wednesday to Saturday featuring Wong’s ode to upscale Cantonese cuisine, with pork chop, striped bass, and vegetables on display for up to six people. —Matthew Kang

Hong Kong breakfast spread at Needle in Silver Lake.
Hong Kong breakfast from Needle
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10. Ronan

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7315 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 917-5100
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Pizza has been a winner for both diners and restaurants in the past year, and few do a better pie than Ronan on Melrose. Blistered, delicious, and best served with a serious side of meatballs and a cocktail or two, these pizzas have helped to put LA on the national map. The Cutler family behind the restaurant has been exceedingly open about their (common to all) economic struggles, pushing the conversation forward about what it means to make not just as a small business in Los Angeles, but anywhere right now. —Farley Elliott

Marinara pizza with anchovies on a white plate at Ronan
Pizza from Ronan
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11. Angelini Osteria

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7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0070
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Chef Gino Angeleni opened LA’s beloved Angelini Osteria in 2001, with an ease and charm that keeps longtime diners returning and newcomers arriving to see what all the fuss is about. That fuss is partly due to Angelini’s pasta skill, along with his signature lasagna verde or the salt-encrusted branzino, but there’s something special about sitting in this Fairfax District restaurant. There’s a lot to appreciate at Angelini Osteria from the low light, the emphasis on service, wines from all over the globe, all done in tandem with the chef’s confident and joyful presence that keeps this classic thriving. —Mona Holmes

Lasagna at Angelini Osteria
Lasagna at Angelini Osteria
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12. Angler

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8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(424) 332-4082
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San Francisco import Angler doesn’t change the recipe too much from the Bay Area original, except that the gorgeous Bay Bridge view has been replaced by a more insulated location inside the Beverly Center. However, the service and food are unparalleled in LA, with Joshua Skenes’s immaculate attention to detail and commitment to the best ingredients on the planet evident on each plate. —Matthew Kang

Dining room, dimly lit, with fish tanks and decor, at Angler, Los Angeles .
Angler, Los Angeles
Wonho Frank Lee

13. Mírame

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419 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 230-5035
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Joshua Gil’s modern Mexican restaurant takes Baja California influences and flavors, and serves them right into the heart of Beverly Hills. The show stopping dishes boast flavor above all else, making Mírame one of the best new restaurants to open in the past year in LA.

Mírame, Beverly Hills interior with bar and tables.
Mírame, Beverly Hill
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14. Republique

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624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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When Walter and Margarita Manzke took over the iconic Campanile space, they knew the stakes were high. And who in LA would have thought they would’ve succeeded this much, offering a breakfast-to-dinner menu with a French point of view? Throw in some pockets of new American and Asian influences, and the bill of fare will likely appeal to everyone. The desserts, breads, and pastries by Margarita are as good as one can expect, while the charcuterie board is sure to stun anyone. —Matthew Kang

Inside the colorful and soaring dining room at French restaurant Republique. Elizabeth Daniels

15. Rosalind's

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1044 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-2486
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There are many terrific restaurants lining Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia, but Rosalind’s is the one that started it all. Take owner Fekere Gebre-Mariam’s advice and order the iconic doro wat — a soul-satisfying, deeply ruddy stew fortified with ground chiles and spiked with warming spices. This chicken-and-egg staple has been on the menu since day one and is even considered the national dish of Ethiopia. —Cathy Chaplin

An Ethiopian feast at Rosalind’s Restaurant.
An Ethiopian feast at Rosalind’s
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16. Langer's Delicatessen

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
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Yes, the No. 19 pastrami sandwich is an amazing sandwich, but the pure pastrami on house-baked rye is simplicity at its best. There's a reason why people make pilgrimages to try this place’s pastrami and even corned beef: There is no better version anywhere in town. Pro tip: Try the No. 54, a blend of both the pastrami and corned beef in one sandwich. And don't skip the rest of the classic Jewish deli menu — it's all very well executed in one of the best daytime dining rooms in town. —Matthew Kang

Langer’s #19 sandwich
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17. Soban

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4001 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-9106
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Bong Joon Ho made it a point to celebrate here after winning Best Picture for Parasite. The Koreatown restaurant specializes in ganjang gejang, raw marinated flower crab that tastes like the pinnacle of Korean cuisine with its rich, slightly fermented umami and buttery sweetness (especially over warm rice). —Matthew Kang

Ganjang gejang at Soban in Koreatown.
Ganjang gejang at Soban
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18. Park's Barbeque

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955 S Vermont Ave G
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
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This is the Korean barbecue to end all arguments, with some of the highest quality meat and banchan one can find in Los Angeles, one of the world’s epicenters for Korean cuisine. Order prime American short ribs and eat with the restaurant’s well-aged kimchi and fresh lettuce wraps. Also the stews are sneaky good here, from the braised black cod to the kimchi jjigae. —Matthew Kang

Park’s BBQ
Thinly sliced short rib at Park’s BBQ
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19. Jon & Vinny's Brentwood

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11938 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 442-2733
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Longtime restaurateurs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who also opened Animal and Son of a Gun, have opened their Westside location of their popular Italian-American place. Locals love the newer al fresco eating experience and all day fare, from breakfast bombolone to pizza, mozzarella sticks, salads, and the amazing spicy fusilli. —Farley Elliott

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Ourdoor seating at Jon and Vinny’s in Brentwood
Jon & Vinny’s

20. Petite Peso

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419 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(209) 438-7376
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Ria Barbosa Dolly opened this small but mighty Filipino restaurant in Downtown inside the former Rice Bar space, but taking the menu to new heights with familiar classics interpreted into modern dishes, like an adobo French dip or chicken sisig salad. Though LA boasts a lot of great Filipino food, Petite Peso is the place to see where the cuisine is going next. —Matthew Kang

The exterior of Petite Peso, the small Downtown LA restaurant.
Petite Peso, Downtown LA
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21. Kato Restaurant

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11925 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 535-3041
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Jon Yao’s adventurous, highly celebrated tasting menu restaurant draws from his upbringing in SGV and his Taiwanese heritage. One of the city’s most reliable and impressive destinations for upscale Asian food, with the price to match. —Matthew Kang

Dish from Kato
Dish from Kato
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22. Sonoratown

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208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 628-3710
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Regarded as one of LA’s most impressive taco restaurants, this tiny Downtown LA spot prepares Sonoran-style tacos and quesadillas with grilled meats and flour tortillas. Don’t forget to order the chivichanga, a burrito with cheese and shredded chicken or machaca beef. It’s all really affordable too, though parking can be tough in this part of Downtown. —Matthew Kang

Sonoratown’s flour tortilla taco with guacamole salsa on top.
Taco from Sonoratown
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23. Big Boi

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2027 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 963-9769
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Barb Batiste made her mark on Sawtelle with dessert shop B Sweet, but her casual Filipino restaurant Big Boi continues to impress with combination plates of garlic rice and pancit with savory sisig and beef giniling. Order up an appetizer of crispy lumpia shanghai, plus a bowl of Filipino-style spaghetti for some pure nostalgia. Open for takeout and delivery only. —Matthew Kang

Big Boi combo plate
Combo plate from Big Boi
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24. Gish Bac

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4163 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 737-5050
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There are a bevy of excellent Oaxacan restaurants in Los Angeles thanks to influx of settlers from the 1990s, and Gish Bac might be the best of the bunch thanks to the work of chef and owner Maria Ramos. This Mid-City classic serves a bit of everything from Oaxaca, including a great tlayuda and delicious torta, but the star of the show is the goat barbacoa enchilada, slow cooked for five hours in guajillo chiles. Truly one of LA’s best regional Mexican restaurants. —Matthew Kang

Torta from Gish Bac.
Torta from Gish Bac
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25. Broad Street Oyster Company

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23359 CA-1 #3874A
Malibu, CA 90265
(424) 644-0131
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Broad Street Oyster Co. has emerged as one of the best restaurants in Malibu in the past year, owing in no small part fantastic fresh seafood and drive-thru capabilities. Still, it’s hard to find laid-back seafood shack-style eats this great in Los Angeles, including what may be LA’s best lobster roll. —Matthew Kang

Lobster roll from Broad Street Oyster Co.
Lobster Roll from Broad St. Oyster Co.
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26. Rossoblu

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1124 San Julian St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1099
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Steve Samson opened this incredible homage to Northern Italian cuisine, especially from the region of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna. The modern dining room is one of the most attractive spaces in the city, while the wood-roasted meats and pastas would please anyone. —Matthew Kang

Rossoblu
Rossoblu, Downtown LA
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27. Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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Bestia is the hallmark of seasonal, meat-driven rustic Italian located in the heart of the Arts District. Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis cook fantastic Neapolitan-style pizzas, inventive pastas, house made salumi (a rarity in LA), and large plates like a great pork chop. Wines and cocktails are top rate, and the desserts from Gergis are simple, but prepared with a perfectionist’s attention to detail. —Matthew Kang

Bestia
Bestia, Arts District
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28. Alta

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5359 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 571-4999
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Keith Corbin has excelled at this West Adams soul food restaurant serving a California version of comfort classics like oxtails and rice, fried chicken, and gombo in a modern, artsy space. The back patio was outfitted for some of LA’s most charming outdoor dining. —Mona Holmes

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Oxtails and rice from Alta
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29. Hotville Chicken

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4070 Marlton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 792-4835
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Kim Prince, one of the descendants of the famous Prince’s Hot Chicken from Nashville, the originator of the dish, has established her family’s hot chicken legacy in the heart of Baldwin Hills, frying up superb spicy fried chicken with an array of sides. —Matthew Kang

Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.
Hotville chicken
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30. Pasjoli

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2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(424) 330-0020
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Dave Beran’s Santa Monica French restaurant has developed into one of the Westside’s most impressive fancy restaurants, with stellar renditions of Parisian bistro dishes with a California mentality. Though Beran’s ambitious tasting menu restaurant Dialogue had to close due to the pandemic, the team’s efforts at Pasjoli show an extra level of creativity and execution, from gorgeous chicken liver-stuffed brioche to dry-aged ribeye with roasted fingerling potatoes. —Matthew Kang

Hollowed out brioche with chicken liver at Pasjoli.
Hollowed out brioche with chicken liver at Pasjoli
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31. Aqui es Texcoco

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5850 S Eastern Ave
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 725-1429
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Paco Perez is a second generation barbacoa master with locations in Chula Vista, Tijuana, and here in Commerce, serving the beloved weekend pit-roasted lamb throughout the week and into the evenings. The former engineer is one of the few places to get true barbacoa from a licensed restaurant space, with drinks and all. —Matthew Kang

Aqui es Texcoco barbacoa
Barbacoa taco from Aqui es Texcoco
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32. Sunday Gravy

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1122 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(424) 227-6500
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Brother and sister owners Ghazi and Sol Bashirian took over their father’s former Italian restaurant Gino’s Pizza in Inglewood, and modernized the look and menu. Growing up near Inglewood, the duo has served approachable old-school Italian fare to feed the community around them. The meatball sub and short rib ragu are both off-the-chain delicious. —Mona Holmes

Dishes from Sunday Gravy, including spaghetti and meatballs
Dishes from Sunday Gravy, including spaghetti and meatballs
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33. Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

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202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-3345
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Dulan’s is a soul food mainstay for Los Angeles, as is its amiable owner Gregory Dulan. The 22-year-old Inglewood spot is Dulan’s most famous restaurant to date, but his father Adolf Dulan spent decades running restaurants throughout LA’s Westside and South LA region. The locations on Century and Manchester are open, while Crenshaw is closed for renovations (the Dulanville food truck is parked out front). The cafeteria-style setup doesn’t skimp on happy service or big portions, particularly with sides like mac & cheese, green beans, and corn bread. The gigantic Sunday dinner specials even come with iced tea. —Farley Elliott

Steam table counter at Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen in Inglewood, California.
Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen
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34. Tamales Elena Y Antojitos

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8101 Garfield Ave
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 674-3043
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Tamales Elena has been a mainstay of South LA for well over a decade, serving out of a truck in Watts. The family recently located to a drive-thru location for early morning tamales, pozoles, and guisados from Afro-Mexican cuisine that makes it one of the most impressive regional Mexican restaurants in the city. —Matthew Kang

Banana leaf tamales from Tamales Elena.
Tamales Elena
Wonho Frank Lee

35. Love & Salt

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317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5252
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One of LA’s most reliable California-Italian restaurants, Love & Salt continues its streak of stellar pasta, pizza, and more under the guidance of chef Tracey Harada and ownership of Sylvie Gabriele, drawing a constant stream of Manhattan Beach locals and visitors to its sleek, modern space. —Matthew Kang

Love & Salt Manhattan Beach.
Love & Salt Manhattan Beach
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36. Tacos La Carreta

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3401 E 69th St
Long Beach, CA 90805

Long Beach taco truck La Carreta has been serving some of the city’s best Sinaloan-style carne asada for years, bouncing around the area before settling on a mobile kitchen operation. Jose Morales Jr. learned the ways of carne asada from his father, who worked as a taquero in Mazatlán. The menu is simple here: vampiros, tacos, papas locas (baked potato with grilleds beef), and quesadillas with all the salsas to match. —Matthew Kang

Carne asada tacos and quesadilla from La Carreta on a plastic plate on a food truck in Long Beach
Carne asada tacos and quesadilla from La Carreta
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37. Madre! Oaxacan Restaurant and Mezcaleria

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1261 Cabrillo Ave STE 100
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 974-8005
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Torrance’s standout Oaxacan restaurant has everything from top-notch mezcal to an array of regional Mexican classics, like memelitas, mole estofado, and tacos. The recipe has worked well enough that both its enduring Palms location and newer West Hollywood spots have cemented themselves already has beloved neighborhood restaurants. —Matthew Kang

Memelitas with handmade thick tortillas, aciento, black bean sauce, and queso fresco at Madre
Memelitas from Madre in Torrance
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38. Gusto Bread

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2710 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 343-1881
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Gusto Bread is a Long Beach success story, the kind of place that can start in a living room and become a citywide sensation, thanks entirely to local support. The mega-popular 4th Street bakery, owned and operated by Arturo Enciso and Ana Salatino, makes some of the finest baked good anywhere in Southern California, and continues to innovate with collaborations, ancient grains, and recipes all their own. —Farley Elliott

A dark loaf of bread fresh from the oven.
Gusto Bread
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1. Tacos Los Palomos

20505 Sherman Way, Winnetka, CA 91306
Al pastor tacos from Tacos Los Palomos.
Al pastor tacos from Tacos Los Palomos
Matthew Kang

This prolific stand helmed by Indigenous taqueros serves some of the top al pastor in the city, though they also prepare carne asada, suadero, tripas, and more as vampiros, burritos, and tortas. Check its Instagram (or better yet, DM them) for the latest locations, which include Mission Hills, El Monte, South LA, and Torrance. —Matthew Kang

20505 Sherman Way
Winnetka, CA 91306

2. Me + Crepe

89 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105
Cooks making jian bing at Me + Crepe
Cooks making jian bing at Me + Crepe
Euno Lee

Pasadena has a varied restaurant scene with plenty of new spots and established players, but Me + Crepe has managed to outshine them all with a simple take on the Chinese street classic jian bing. The wrapped specialty comes with vegetables or meat, though the barbecue pork or roast duck are probably the best items to have on the menu. —Matthew Kang

89 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

3. Asanebo

11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
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Tetsuya Nakao’s impeccable attention to detail and service are why he remains one of the leading sushi chefs in the San Fernando Valley. Asanebo’s reopened in February, the perfect spot to try the halibut yuzu or toro carpaccio, though the counter is now available for omakase feasts. —Mona Holmes

11941 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

4. Morihiro

3133 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Dishes from Morihiro
Morihiro

Los Angeles is filled with sushi stars, but few are brighter than Morihiro Onodera. His eponymous new Atwater Village restaurant is the culmination of a career spent all across the city (most notably at Mori in West LA, and later at Shiki in Beverly Hills), seating celebrities and locals while quietly preparing some of the city’s best Japanese food. Now he’s doing things his own way, under his own roof, even using ceramics he made by hand. —Farley Elliott

3133 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

5. Golden Deli Restaurant

815 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Find Southern-style Vietnamese food at this perpetually busy, efficiently run, and solid-as-can-be restaurant. Come for the blistered cha gio stuffed with ground pork and woodear mushrooms, and served with herbs and greens for garnishing and wrapping, respectively. Then, settle in for a bowl of pho (rare beef, brisket, and tripe are the holy trinity of beef noodle soup), a platter of broken rice topped with a sunny side egg (the one with grilled pork, shredded pork, and steamed pork loaf won’t disappoint), or a bowl of cool vermicelli noodles. The nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette) here is top notch, so spoon it on liberally or better yet, just dump the whole thing onto rice or noodles. —Cathy Chaplin

815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

6. Pa Ord Noodle

5301 Sunset Blvd #8, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Pa Ord Noodle

Thai Town has a wealth of excellent restaurants, and Pa Ord stands out as a perennial favorite, executing a wide menu of beloved dishes like beef penang, green papaya salad, and boat noodles. The menu highlights extend to a rich, tangy tom kha soup and fried rice boasting plump shrimp. Basically everything at Pa Ord is fantastic. —Matthew Kang

5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Yang's Kitchen

112 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801