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Wurstküche: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013 

Thursday, Feb 28 2013
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If you've ever had a hankering to eat rattlesnake-and-rabbit sausage off a coffin-shaped table in a warehouse-chic space, then wash it down with dandelion soda, you're in luck. Located in the heart of downtown's Arts District, Wurstküche is a fairly simple concept: sausages, ordered at a counter up front and cooked on the hot grill right before your eyes; a choice of four toppings (hot or sweet peppers, sauerkraut, grilled onions) plus copious mustard choices; a ton of good beer on tap; and a dining hall in back with a long bar thrown in for good measure. The more complex part comes in the types of sausages — there are the aforementioned rattlesnake-and-rabbit, which is better in theory than actuality; a couple of other "exotics"; and the better classics (the bratwurst, the hot Italian and a soft, juicy veal-and-pork bockwurst are all snappy and satisfying). The restaurant also excels in the sausage-for-all ethos, offering some vegetarian sausages that are actually completely edible. 800 E. Third St., dwntwn.; (213) 687-4444, wurstkuche.com. Daily, 11 a.m.-mid.; bar open until 2 a.m. Sausages $6-$8. Beer.

 

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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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