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The Gorbals: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011 

Thursday, Nov 10 2011
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With the Pico Kosher Corridor, bustling Israeli joints and the best delis in the country, Los Angeles is not exactly lacking in Jewish-identified places to eat. But The Gorbals, Ilan Hall's restaurant in the lobby of the old Alexandria Hotel, may be the only Jewish restaurant that has ever served bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, pork belly braised in Manischewitz, or haggis. It is definitely the only Jewish restaurant that has had customers line up around the block for a taste of whole roasted hog.

The Gorbals, perhaps, is a restaurant that should not be seen by the light of day, when the backroom speakeasy vibe is overtaken by the thought that the dim space in the Alexandria may once have served as an industrial laundry room. Scottish-Jewish cuisine may be a construct that exists solely within Hall's perfervid imagination, but an order of his french fries, cooked with whole garlic cloves and great, aromatic handfuls of fresh dill, is, as they say, a fact on the ground. 501 S. Spring St., dwntwn. (213) 488-3408, thegorbalsla.com. Lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Wed., 6 p.m.-mid.; Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Full bar. Street and nearby pay-lot parking. AE, MC, V. Scottish-Jewish.

99 Essential L.A. Restaurants 2011:

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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
Waterloo & City

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