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 couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.
This time around, after much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, we're taking down a few older places like Animal, Picca, and Wurstkuche in favor of new blood by way of David Myers' ode to Cali-Asian cuisine at Hinoki & The Bird, chef Walter Manzke's energetic Mexican hub Petty Cash Taqueria, and Chi Spacca, the Mozza Team's newest Italian number favored for its excellent and pioneering charcuterie program. Also, for obvious reasons, The Spice Table is out now that it has shuttered, and — love it or hate it — organic, raw, vegan fixture Cafe Gratitude is joining the fray.
For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.
Additions and Subtractions:
·January, 2014: Animal, Picca, Wurstkuche, The Spice Table dropped; Petty Cash Taqueria, Hinoki & the Bird, Chi Spacca, and Cafe Gratitude added
·August, 2013: Giorgio Baldi, The Apple Pan, In-N-Out dropped; Trois Mec, The Hart & the Hunter, A.O.C. added
·July, 2013: Mastro's, The Tasting Kitchen dropped; Rustic Canyon, Bestia added
·April, 2013: Providence, CUT dropped; Din Tai Fung, Spago added
·January, 2013: Umami, Drago Centro, The Bazaar, Santouka, Rustic Canyon dropped; Tsujita LA, Superba Snack Bar, ink., L&E Oyster Bar, Milo & Olive added
·October, 2012: Campanile dropped; Son of a Gun added
·July, 2012: Spago, Mo-Chica, Lazy Ox Canteen dropped; Bäco Mercat, M.B. Post, The Spice Table added
·April, 2012: Sushi Nozawa, Sunnin dropped; sugarFISH, Water Grill added
·January, 2012: Kogi dropped; Picca added
·October, 2011: Valentino dropped; Mo-Chica added
·July, 2011: Sushi Zo, Loteria Grill dropped; Urasawa, Rustic Canyon added
·April, 2011: Capo, AOC dropped; Angelini Osteria, The Tasting Kitchen added
·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