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The 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants, July '11

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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've decided to switch out Sushi Zo for Urasawa, and replace Loteria Grill with Rustic Canyon.

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:

·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

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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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Lazy Ox Canteen

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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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Pizzeria Mozza

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Dan Tana's

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Mastro's Steakhouse

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Campanile Restaurant

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The Tasting Kitchen

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Angelini Osteria

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Sushi Nozawa

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Providence

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Rustic Canyon

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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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Langer's

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Gjelina

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Park's BBQ

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Dean Sin World

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Urasawa

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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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