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Andrew Kirschner

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

310-587-0700

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

213-620-1840

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

323-653-8009

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

626-585-6410

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

310-288-6500

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

323-299-5599

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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Jim Gavin

137 S Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90004

Middle Men, Gavin’s 2013 debut, reads like the real-life Short Cuts—only with bottomless empathy instead of bottomless Julianne Moore

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Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo

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

323-782-9033

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

213-687-8808

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

310-395-0881

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

310-275-9724

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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LAVA Salon

6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

F. Scott Fitzgerald drank here. So did Faulkner, Fante, Bukowski, Chandler, Saroyan, Huxley, and Isherwood.

Website: http://lavatransforms.org

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Micah Wexler

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

310-657-4103

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

323-651-5866

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

562-945-2426

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

310-277-0133

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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