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Andrew Kirschner

602 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90401


In his premiere stint as chef-owner, Kirschner has harnessed the power of a wood-fired oven to reveal new dimensions in familiar ingredients…

Website: http://tarandroses.com/

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Bryant Ng

114 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90012


Initially the Mozza-with-lemongrass notion seemed a reach, but Ng has continued to expand on an idea in which a custom wood-burning grill (modeled after a street vendor’s charcoal box)…

Website: http://www.thespicetable.com/


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Craig Thornton

., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

His Wolvesmouth underground happenings are less supper club and more dinner party as performance art…

Website: http://wolvesmouth.com/wolvesmouth


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Daniel Mattern & Roxana Jullapat

8009 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048


The husband-and-wife team—formerly of Ammo—reminds us why the farm-to-table ethos is nearly compulsory these days…

Website: http://www.cookscountyrestaurant.com/Home.html


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David Féau

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 91106


Experimenting with slow-cooked herb broths, broad-minded enough to deglaze mustard-laced rabbit with sake, ever aware of seasonality…

Website: http://www.thediningroom-langham.com/

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Ernesto Uchimura

1800 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90025


The former Umami Burger executive chef has shown he’s no one-trick toque, devising quirky classics we suddenly can’t do without…

Website: http://www.plancheckbar.com/


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Gary T. Menes

128 east 6th street, Los Angeles, CA, 90014

Almost instantly after it launched, the semi permanent pop-up became famous for Menes’s bravura execution of deceptively simple vegetable dishes…

Website: http://www.lecomptoirla.com/


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Govind Armstrong

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90008


Deviled eggs crowned with smoked catfish, sophisticated pizzas baked with house-made dough, the juiciest chicken to come out of a cast-iron pan…

Website: http://postandbeamla.com/


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Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo

8370 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, 90048


In the time since they opened Animal four years ago, the dudes who pioneered the bacon chocolate bar have progressed—a lot…

Website: http://www.sonofagunrestaurant.com/


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Josef Centeno

408 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA, 90013


Every time we think that the former Lazy Ox, Lot 1, and Opus chef has given us his all, he comes up with something even better…

Website: http://www.bacomercat.com/


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Josiah Citrin

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90401


A necessary link between the mustachioed and the tatted generations, this graduate of SaMo High credits a dish of scallops with lime at City Café in the early ’80s as his teenage epiphany…

Website: http://melisse.com/

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Kris Yenbamroong

9041 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90069


The Sunset Strip is quite possibly the last place we’d look for hyper-regional Thai street food…

Website: http://www.nightmarketla.com/

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Micah Wexler

401 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90048


Officially Mezze serves “modern Mediterranean” cuisine: plump, glistening pearls of Israeli couscous with sea urchin, braised tripe with crisp falafel, shakshouka with sweetbreads and yogurt…

Website: http://www.mezzela.com/


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Michael Voltaggio

8360 melrose ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90069


It’s been just over a year since the Top Chef winner debuted his restaurant, which is also his first foray into helming his own ship…

Website: http://mvink.com/


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Ricardo Diaz

12706 Philadelphia St, Los Angeles, CA, 90602


In the past few years Diaz and his business partner, Armanda De La Torre, have been behind some of the city’s most exciting Mexican restaurants…

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Ricardo Zarate

9575 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90035


Early on, much of Zarate’s charm stemmed from the humbleness of Mo-Chica, his Peruvian stall at South L.A.’s Mercado La Paloma…

Website: http://www.piccaperu.com/


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Roy Choi

12565 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90066


The food world took a collective gasp when the Kogi King blogged in April that he might be turning vegetarian…

Website: http://aframela.com/new/


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Steve Samson & Zach Pollack

9575 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90035


Los Angeles isn’t wanting for great Italian restaurants, but most of them paint Italy’s food with broad strokes…

Website: http://www.sottorestaurant.com/


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