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Comme Ca: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011 

Thursday, Nov 10 2011
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Owner David Myers may be off chasing kaiseki chefs around the more squalid corners of Kyoto, and the local brasserie boom seems to have been buried in the tidal wave of gastropubs, but sleek, theatrically lit Comme Ça still aims to be all things to all people, open early for croissants and coffee and late for oysters and Champagne, serving a hand-chopped steak tartare, formal entrées like sole meunière, roasted marrow for the nose-to-tail crowd and plenty of steak frites. Prices seem a dollar or two cheaper these days, and the bustling room is a bit more casual. (You can now get the cheeseburger, often thought to be the best in town, at dinner as well as at lunch.) Comme Ça was probably the first restaurant in L.A. to embrace the new cocktailianism, and the cocktail program is still first-rate. Is there good onion soup? A great one, informed but not overwhelmed by its gooey mantle of melted Gruyère. 8479 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd. (323) 782-1178, commecarestaurant.com. Daily, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Lunch Wed.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Brunch Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Full bar. Valet parking. AE, MC, V. French.

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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
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