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Gjelina: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013 

Thursday, Feb 28 2013
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If you ever forget how lucky you are to be living in Southern California, here's a surefire cure: Go sit on the back garden patio of Gjelina in Venice. Among the flowers and leaves and rays of dappled sunlight shining down on the bricks and tables and beautiful people (waiters and customers both), take a look at the menu's veggie section. Peruse the creative takes on farmers market–fresh produce. Perhaps some roasted thumbelina carrots with orange, sesame, cilantro and yogurt? Order a glass of wine — screw it, order the bottle — from the smart, weird, wide-ranging list. Decide on a pizza — one with nettles, garlic confit and chili? Or, in the summer, how about squash blossoms and burrata? The crust will come out blistered and speckled with char, the veggies will sing with freshness, the wine will be interesting and aromatic, the waiter will be hot, the sun will shine ... there, now don't you feel better? 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 450-1429, gjelina.com. Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-mid.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-mid. Brunch: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pizzas $12-$15, entrees $15-$40. Beer and wine.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

Reach the writer at brodell@laweekly.com

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