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Rivera: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

PHOTO BY ANNE FISHBEIN

In this long, sleek restaurant, which features different menus for different rooms, chef John Sedlar explores Latin culture with exacting, beautiful dishes that touch on his current obsessions. Your food might be Mexican-inspired or Southwest-inspired, South American or Iberian. Much of it is stunning: a corn flan, quivering in its cornhusk wrapper, grounded by black quinoa; seared sweetbreads sliced next to a pert cashew pesto; pre-Columbian white gazpacho with black garlic and garlic flowers. Sedlar is engaged intellectually, tracing culture and history with his food. But he's also fully engaged in the sensual aesthetics of fine dining — the look, feel and finely tuned taste of everything that comes out of this kitchen. Rivera is a place for grown-up drinks and nibbles in the lounge with one of Julian Cox's fantastic cocktails, or a blow-out special occasion in the hushed room beyond. 1050 S. Flower St., dwntwn.; (213) 749-1460, riverarestaurant.com. Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Mon.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30-10 p.m. Entrees $7-$44. Full bar.

 

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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

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Rivera

1050 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

213-749-1460

www.riverarestaurant.com


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