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The 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants, August '10

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To help with the dog days of summer, it's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every month or so, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion), or have stepped up their game.

This time around, after poring over reader emails and comments, we've decided to drop Petros, Fraiche, Bar Marmont and Pace. That's the bad news. The great news is that in their place comes Patina, Valentino, La Casita Mexicana, and Dean Sin World. Welcome to the show.

Did we miss a spot? Did your favorite place not make the cut? No need to freak, simply state your case in the comments or drop us a line.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kogi

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2. Umami Burger

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850 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Il Grano Restaurant

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11359 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

5. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

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114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

6. La Casita Mexicana

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4030 Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201
(323) 773-1898
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7. Valentino Italian Restaurant

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3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
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8. Father's Office

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3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

9. Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

10. Animal Restaurant

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Guelaguetza Restaurant

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3337 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

12. In-N-Out Burger

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13. Matsuhisa International

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129 S La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

14. Mozza Pizzeria

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641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

15. Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

16. Mastro's Steakhouse

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246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

17. Campanile Restaurant

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624 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

18. AOC

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8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

19. Capo

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1810 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

20. Sushi Nozawa

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11288 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

21. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

22. Church & State

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1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

23. Sushi Zo

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9824 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

24. Sushi Park

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8539 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

25. Patina Restaurant

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141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3331
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26. Wurstküche

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800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

27. Spago Beverly Hills

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176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

28. Melisse Restaurant

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

29. Jitlada

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5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

30. Palate Food & Wine

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933 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204

31. Gjelina

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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

32. Park's BBQ

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955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
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33. Dean Sin World

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306 N Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 571-0636

34. Loteria

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

35. Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

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1779 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

36. Bay Cities Italian Deli

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

37. Santouka Ramen

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3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

38. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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1. Kogi

Roving Truck (714) 697-4683

2. Umami Burger

850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

850 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Il Grano Restaurant

11359 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

11359 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

5. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

6. La Casita Mexicana

4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

4030 Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201

7. Valentino Italian Restaurant

3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

8. Father's Office

3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

9. Apple Pan

10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

10. Animal Restaurant

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Guelaguetza Restaurant

3337 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

3337 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

12. In-N-Out Burger

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13. Matsuhisa International

129 S La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

129 S La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

14. Mozza Pizzeria

641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

15. Dan Tana's

9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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16. Mastro's Steakhouse

246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

17. Campanile Restaurant

624 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

624 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

18. AOC

8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

19. Capo

1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1810 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

20. Sushi Nozawa

11288 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

11288 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

21. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

22. Church & State

1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

23. Sushi Zo

9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

9824 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

24. Sushi Park

8539 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

8539 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

25. Patina Restaurant

141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

26. Wurstküche

800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

27. Spago Beverly Hills

176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

28. Melisse Restaurant

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

29. Jitlada

5233 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

30. Palate Food & Wine

933 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

933 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204

31. Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

32. Park's BBQ

955 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006

33. Dean Sin World

306 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

306 N Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

34. Loteria

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

35. Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

1779 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

1779 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

36. Bay Cities Italian Deli

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

37. Santouka Ramen

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

38. Drago Centro

525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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