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.
Photograph by Mitchell Feinberg