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The Top 20 Restaurants We Lost in 2013

The ones we'll miss most.

Photography courtesy of Kahlee [flickr]

Los Angeles gained hundreds of new restaurants in 2013, but many of our old favorites shut their doors this year. Here, a look back at the ones we lost.

PAPAYA KING
Date of closure: February 1
What we miss: The smell that vaguely reminded us of New York's Upper East Side.

HOF'S HUT
Date of closure: February 28
What we miss: We lost the oldest—51-years-old, to be exact—location of Hof's, but it's not the last. There are five other Hof's in SoCal.

PLAYA
Date of closure: March 6
What we miss: Chef John Sedlar's fusion tacos.

EVA
Date of closure: March 15
What we miss: Chef Mark Gold's cooking. His project just after Eva, Chez Soi, was short lived. Eva was one of our best new restaurants of 2009.

JIN PATISSERIE
Date of closure: March 24
What we miss: The dainty pastries and bags of melt-in-your-mouth cookies from the former Abbot Kinney tea room. It's now a Kreation Juicery and lacks all of the charm that pastry chef Kristy Choo brought to the location.

JERRY'S FAMOUS DELI
Date of closure: May 19
What we miss: The late night eats.

THE FOUNDRY on Melrose
Date of closure: May 19
What we miss: Chef Eric Greenspan's cooking. He's been teasing us with news of a forthcoming grilled cheese project for nearly three years.

EMPRESS PAVILLION
Date of closure: June 2
What we miss: For nearly 25 years, it was a go-to dim sum spot in Chinatown.

MIRABELLE
Date of closure: June 6
What we miss: The chocolate souffle was still good, even after 43 years.

THE PALMS BAR
Date of closure: June 9
What we miss: The scene.

NORM'S Santa Monica
Date of closure: July 20
What we miss: The sign. It's been there for 50 years.

BLT STEAK
Date of closure: July 30
What we miss: The massive, steaming popovers.

LOLA'S
Date of closure: September 8
What we miss: The throwback drinks.

THE PARISH
Date of closure: September 30
What we miss: Brooke Mosley's pastries.

IRV'S BURGERS
Date of closure: September 30
What we miss: Though there are rumors that Irv's may come back, we're already missing the burgers and fries and stools on the sidewalk.

THE BUCKET
Date of closure: October 3
What we miss: The burgers, which they served in Eagle Rock for the past 78 years.

BIERBEISL
Date of closure: November 9
What we miss: Though chef Bernhard Mairinger plans to bring his award-winning (and one of our best new restaurants of 2012) BierBeisl back in mid-2014, we're missing the schnitzel and schnapps until then.

THE OMELETTE PARLOR
Date of closure: December 18
What we miss: The fluffy omelettes.

EL CONQUISTADOR
Date of closure: December 22
What we miss: The colorful crowd and big drinks.

THE SPICE TABLE
Date of closure: December 31
What we'll miss: Chef Bryant Ng's cooking, though we're comforting ourselves with the fact that he's returning to a new kitchen in 2014.

 

Did we miss a place that you're still mourning? Share it with us in the comments!

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  1. Steve posted on 01/01/2014 12:41 PM
    Dillons Irish Pub on Hollywood Blvd and Vine ..
  2. Steve posted on 01/01/2014 12:41 PM
    Dillons Irish Pub
    Hollywood Blvd & Vine St
    1. Daniela Galarza posted on 01/02/2014 03:41 PM
      @Steve Hi Steve,

      It's coming back!
      https://www.facebook.com/dillonsirishpubhollywood
  3. Sean posted on 01/09/2014 03:55 PM
    How could you forget Alex's Donuts on Franklin & Argyle in Hollywood?!? BEST DONUTS in LA!!!

    Wolf's Burgers on Lake in Pasadena. I miss Mimi and their fabulous burger bar, where you could put on your own toppings...they even gave you a choice between chopped or sliced onions, and you could load on as many as you wanted.
  4. Chris Nichols posted on 01/10/2014 06:09 PM
    Here are ten more old time restaurants closed in 2013:
    http://www.lamag.com/citythink/askchris/2014/01/08/top-restaurants-we-lost-in-2013-part-ii-old-school-edition
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