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It’s hard to keep track of new restaurants in any city, much less in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Restaurants come and go faster than Hollywood “It” girls. Not known as the country’s culinary capital, things in La La Land have been changing steadily over the years–for the better. In fact, this year a number of L.A. chefs and restaurants were finalists or semi-finalists for prestigious James Beard Foundation awards, including Curtis Stone’s Gwen, a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant.
Stone is just one of the celebrity chefs that have opened restaurants here in the past six to 12 months. The Food Network’s Scott Conant opened The Ponte and fellow Chopped judge Geoffrey Zakarian made his foray into Beverly Hills with Georgie. Other notable L.A. chefs and restaurateurs, such as Sascha Lyon, Eric Greenspan, Nick Erven and George Abou-Daoud, have set up shop or expanded their reach in the city.
Here are ten of the hot new restaurants (among many) that have popped up recently and are drawing in the crowds.