It’d be easy to forget that even five years ago, world-class L.A. restaurants were relegated to a few key neighborhoods. (That’s why we know every secret parking spot in West Hollywood.) You might fan out for a killer al pastor truck or Korean BBQ. But heading to the beach cities or the Valley for cutting-edge dining? Good luck. Today, though, one can relish a lamb tongue panino in Manhattan Beach and swipe pork rillettes through a river of egg yolk in Studio City. This year’s best new restaurants at last reflect L.A. in its sprawling, savory glory. Eat up—an exceptional meal is around the corner.