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The 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants, Jan. '11

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The new year is here, which means it's high 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 much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, we're switching out Church & State since it's just not the same without kitchen commando Walter Manzke, and in its place comes another downtown spot, the obvious answer, Lazy Ox Canteen. Chef Josef Centeno has garnered a massive following for his bright, flavorful small plates and after passing the six month mark, the restaurant deserves a nod. Meanwhile, Il Grano gets the drop since we have more than enough Italian already on the list, to be replaced by LA deli staple, Langer's. Finally, good-bye to quaint seasonal eatery Palate Food & Wine, hello to CUT. Yes, yes, it's pricey but serves some of LA's top steak under the leadership of original LA cheffer, Wolfgang Puck.

Now, rather than throw a stage four hissy fit because your favorite restaurant was omitted from the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or via the tipline.

Additions and Subtractions:
·January, 2010: Axe, Jones, and Stefan's at LA Farm dropped; Park's BBQ, Drago Centro, and Santouka added
·August, 2010: Petros, Fraiche, Bar Marmont and Pace dropped; Patina, Valentino, La Casita Mexicana, and Dean Sin World added

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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. Lazy Ox Canteen

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241 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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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3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

12. In-N-Out Burger

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13. Matsuhisa International

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129 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

14. Pizzeria Mozza

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641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

15. Dan Tana's

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Los Angeles, 8424 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
San Fernando Valley, CA 91604

21. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

22. CUT

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9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

23. Sushi Zo

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9824 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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 90212

28. Melisse Restaurant

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

29. Jitlada

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5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

30. Langer's

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

31. Gjelina

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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, 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. Lazy Ox Canteen

241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
241 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006