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The 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants, October '12

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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.

For obvious reasons, that looming shutter, Campanile is a goner this time around, to be replaced by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's Son of a Gun.

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:
·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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Umami Burger

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850 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

3. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

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114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

4. La Casita Mexicana

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4030 Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201
(323) 773-1898
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5. Father's Office

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3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

6. Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

7. Animal Restaurant

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Guelaguetza Restaurant

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3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005

9. In-N-Out Burger

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10. Matsuhisa International

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129 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90211

11. Pizzeria Mozza

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641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

13. Mastro's Steakhouse

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246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

14. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

15. Sushi Park

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8539 W Sunset Blvd #20
West Hollywood, CA 90069

16. Patina Restaurant

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

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800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

18. Melisse Restaurant

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

19. Jitlada

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5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

20. Gjelina

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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

21. Park's BBQ

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

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306 N Garfield Ave #2
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 571-0636

23. Urasawa

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218 N Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

24. Bay Cities Italian Deli

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

25. Santouka Ramen

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3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

26. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

27. Picca

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

28. The Tasting Kitchen

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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

29. Angelini Osteria

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7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

30. CUT

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9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

31. Rustic Canyon

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1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

32. Langer's

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

33. sugarFISH

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34. Water Grill

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544 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

35. The Spice Table

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114 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

36. Bäco Mercat

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408 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8808
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37. M.B. Post

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1142 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5405
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38. Son of a Gun

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8730 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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1. Umami Burger

850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
850 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

3. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

4. La Casita Mexicana

4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
4030 Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201

5. Father's Office

3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

6. Apple Pan

10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

7. Animal Restaurant

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Guelaguetza Restaurant

3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005
3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005

9. In-N-Out Burger

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10. Matsuhisa International

129 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90211
129 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90211

11. Pizzeria Mozza

641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036