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Diner's Trip to Los Angeles

The famed pastrami on rye 
at Langer’s deli.

Photo: Coral Von Zumwalt

Many of today’s food trends took root in L.A.: the devotion to local, seasonal ingredients, readily available from year-round farmers’ markets. The eschewing of stiff Continental formality. (Your waiter is as likely to crouch beside your table and ask “you guys” what’s up.) The elevation of pop comfort foods—burgers, doughnuts, tacos, pizza—to creative new forms. Not least, the long-standing, citywide affection for traditional dishes from abroad (Salvadoran pupusas, Peruvian ceviche, Vietnamese pho), the sort of cooking the rest of us are wont to call “ethnic.” With its countless immigrant subcultures—most still serving the authentic foods of their homelands—L.A. is both the least obviously and the most definitively American city. It’s also, right now, the finest place in the nation to eat. Read the article

Themes: Food + Drink

Inspired by: Best Restaurants in Los Angeles — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Apr. 2010

Restaurants (23)

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    Mo-Chica

    The confoundingly underrated Ricardo Zarate—a Lima, Peru, native and former sushi chef—works wonders with Peruvian ceviche at this hidden spot in t

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    Pho Café

    The restaurant is hidden beside a Crown Escrow outlet in a derelict mini-mall. Despite the lack of signage, the long, narrow room is jammed from no

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    Rivera

    John Rivera Sedlar, the Santa Fe–born chef who pioneered Southwestern cuisine two decades ago, makes his long-awaited return to the kitchen at Rive

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    Atlacatl

    Tangy-sweet quesillo (soft, unripened cow’s-milk cheese) is the key to a mouthwatering pupusa: a disk of griddled corn flatbread filled with grated

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    Attari

    On Fridays, cockle-warming abgoost is the daily special: a bowl of hearty lamb, tomato, and bean soup accompanied by sprigs of tarragon and mint, r

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    Canary

    Funky Middle Eastern décor and all-you-can-eat Iranian fare distinguish this eatery in the heart of Westwood. Located in Rancho Park, Canary serves

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    Lotería Grill

    The original Lotería stand is a landmark at the Third Street Farmers’ Market; this newer location serves the same note-perfect tacos in a sit-down

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    Jitlada

    Upscale eats in a downscale neighborhood, Jitlada serves the finest in southern Thai cuisine in a cozy and colorful Thai Town joint on Sunset. Desp

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    Langer’s

    Like vintage Buicks and aging divas, old delicatessens preserve themselves well in the southern California sunshine. Canter’s, Nate ’n Al, Greenbla

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    Church & State

    Serving a contemporary take on French bistro cuisine, this eatery loccated inside a New-York-style loft space in east downtown. Church and State oc

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    Huckleberry

    After training at San Francisco’s renowned Tartine Bakery, pastry chef Zoe Nathan teamed up with husband Josh Loeb to open this popular café, known

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    Kogi Taco

    A well-known food vendor, the roving Kogi food trucks serve Korean and Mexican fusion cuisine. The brainchild of Korean-American chef Roy Choi, Kog

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    Gjelina

    You'll typically find chef Travis Lett at the farmer's market when he's not behind the stoves at his restaurant, the bright new light on ever-trend

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    Animal

    The city’s top new restaurant may not, at first, seem very L.A.: plain, boxy interior; “Don’t Fear the Reaper” on the stereo; and a menu of the pig

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    The Bazaar by José Andrés

    The restaurant—a $12 million collaboration at the SLS Hotel between the madcap Spanish chef José Andrés, designer Philippe Starck, and hotelier Sam

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Activities (5)

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    Tar Pit

    Designer cocktails and Art Deco decor distinguish this sumptuous throwback to a 1930s supper club. The latest venture of Campanile chef Mark Peel,

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    Izayoi

    A convivial Little Tokyo tavern where the shochu, sake, and cold beer flow freely well into the night.

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    Santa Monica Farmers' Market

    The Spread: The biggest and oldest of Santa Monica's weekly markets (there are three others) is this Wednesday gathering downtown. Most of L.A.'s t

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    The Varnish

    A dimly lit throwback to a 1920s speakeasy, this under-the-radar downtown LA venue is accessible only through a secret door. Tucked surreptitiously

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    Copa D’Oro

    Just around the corner from the Third Street Promenade, this cocktail lounge caters to a more mature crowd than its neighboring sports bars and pub

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