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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.

Umami Burger

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The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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Il Grano Restaurant

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Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

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La Casita Mexicana

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Valentino Italian Restaurant

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Father's Office

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Apple Pan

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Animal Restaurant

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Guelaguetza Restaurant

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In-N-Out Burger

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Matsuhisa International

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Mozza Pizzeria

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Dan Tana's

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Mastro's Steakhouse

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Campanile Restaurant

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Sushi Nozawa

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Providence

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Church & State

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Sushi Zo

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Sushi Park

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Patina Restaurant

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Wurstküche

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Spago Beverly Hills

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Melisse Restaurant

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Jitlada

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Palate Food & Wine

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Gjelina

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Park's BBQ

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Dean Sin World

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Loteria

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Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

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Bay Cities Italian Deli

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Santouka Ramen

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Drago Centro

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Umami Burger

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

Il Grano Restaurant

Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

La Casita Mexicana

Valentino Italian Restaurant

Father's Office

Apple Pan

Animal Restaurant

Guelaguetza Restaurant

In-N-Out Burger

Matsuhisa International

Mozza Pizzeria

Dan Tana's

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