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Campanile: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011 

Thursday, Nov 10 2011
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The heart of regional cooking lies in the ability of its chefs not only to work within the limitations imposed by the meager ingredients available but also to exalt those limitations as the soul of the cuisine itself. Rich regions eat cheeseburgers every night. Poor regions eke minestrone, socca or bouillabaisse out of their desperation. For decades, Mark Peel has been L.A.'s master of rustic, grill-intensive Mediterranean cuisine, elevating simple, strong-flavored peasant preparations with the best farmers market ingredients and chefly skill. No other restaurant has managed to marry populist tendencies with the highest levels of culinary ambition, and no other restaurant has introduced even a fraction of the number of wines, from Italy and from small California producers, to the American palate. Every time you walk into the restaurant, whether for your 14th portion of the grilled prime rib with bitter greens, for Thursday's grilled-cheese night or for a Monday-night family meal, you are greeted with the cheery smell of wood smoke in the soaring restaurant fashioned from a courtyard built by Charlie Chaplin for his child bride, Oona. Campanile wears its state of well-being like a well broken–in shirt. 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. (323) 938-1447, campanilerestaurant.com. Lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Wed. 6-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 5:30-11 p.m.; brunch, Sun., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Full bar. Valet parking. All major CC. California/Mediterranean.

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The List:

A-Frame
Akasha
Alcazar
Angeli Caffe
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Antojitos Carmen
Attari
Babita
Bludso's
Border Grill
Bottega Louie
Bulgarini Gelato
Cacao
Campanile
Casa Bianca
Chang's Garden
Chego
Chichén Itzá
Chung King
Church & State
Ciro's
Comme Ça
Cut
Dae Bok
Din Tai Fung
Drago Centro
El Huarache Azteca
El Parian
Elvirita's
Euro Pane Bakery
Eva
Fab Hot Dogs
Father's Office
Fig
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Golden State
Good Girl Dinette
The Gorbals
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Huckleberry
Hungry Cat
Ink.
Jar
Jitlada
Kiriko
Kobawoo
La Casita Mexicana
Langer's
Larkin's
Lazy Ox Canteen
Le Comptoir
Little Dom's
Lou
Lucques
LudoBites
Lukshon
Mantee
Marouch
Mayura
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Mezze
Mo-Chica
Mother Dough
Mozza
Musso & Frank Grill
Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
The Nickel
Night + Market
Oinkster
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Park's Barbecue
Picca
Playa
Pollos a la Brasa
Providence
Ray's
Red Medicine
Rivera
Rustic Canyon
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Sea Harbour
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
Spice Table
Street
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Tasting Kitchen
Terroni
Tsujita L.A.
Vincenti
Waterloo & City

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