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

An array of skewers on plates
An array of skewers from Needle, including pork jowl, chicken thigh, meatball, pork shoulder and octopus.
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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