Welcome to this year's edition of our 99 Essential L.A. Restaurants, thanks to Jonathan Gold, the many hardworking chefs of this town, and the folks at Mountain View, California. (That's the home of Google, not a new pop-up restaurant.) Above we have a Google map of 2011's 99 restaurants, a helpful navigation tool for the concrete landscape of this lovely horizontal city. Read the story, and check out Anne Fishbein's photo gallery. If you're used to looking at pictures of food as Twitpix or on your iPhone, the real thing is kind of stunning. And if you have any comments about this year's picks, we'll be sure to pass them along. Happy eating. Maybe pace yourself.

(To see the actual map rather than a screenshot or a link to it, turn the page.)

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