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The L.A. Times guide to the 101 best restaurants in L.A.

An array of skewers from Needle, including pork jowl, chicken thigh, meatball, pork shoulder and octopus.
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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Southern California’s creative spirit and remarkable diversity make it one of the world’s most exciting places to eat. From standing in curbside lines for transcendent tacos to sitting down for a white-tablecloth extravagance, this restaurant guide chronicles that excellence. We hope it leads you to many delicious meals.

(Illustration by Kay Scanlon / Los Angeles Times)

Download the restaurant checklist here.

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(Illustration by Kay Scanlon / Los Angeles Times)

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Credits

Writers: Bill Addison, Jenn Harris, Donovan X. Ramsey, Carolina A. Miranda, Esther Tseng
Lead Art Director: Kay Scanlon
Print Design: Jan Molen, Judith Pryor, Parisa Hajizadeh-Amini, Jim Brooks
Digital Production: Kelly Corrigan, Lora Victorio
Typography: Luke Lucas
Photo Director: Kate Kuo
Photo Editing: Calvin Alagot, Taylor Arthur
Photographers: Mariah Tauger, Ricardo DeAratanha, Myung J. Chun, Jay L. Clendenin, Christina House, Jason Armond, Brian van der Brug, Robert Gauthier, Gina Ferazzi, Silvia Razgova, Dylan + Jeni, Andrea D’Agosto
Digital Imaging: Dave Novotney
Copy Editing: Lisa Horowitz, Alison Dingeldein, Joan Fantazia, Marina Levario, Laura Schinagle
Audience Engagement: Maneeza Iqbal
Project Management: Jarondakie Patrick
Editing: Alice Short
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