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The Best Food We've Eaten in 2017 So Far


Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Nero risottoNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Nero risottoNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">prawnsNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein" data-rightCaption="Nero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Confit fava beans with curry lemonNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Confit fava beans with curry lemonNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Confit fava beans with curry lemonNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">binchotan-grilled octopus and Tokyo scallionsNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">shallot ringsNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">shallot ringsNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">stracciatella cheeseNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">carrot romescoNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">carrot romescoNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">basilNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinWolfdown; Credit: Anne Fishbein" data-rightCaption="Nero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">crouton at Wolfdown; Credit: Anne FishbeinNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinTsubaki; Credit: Anne Fishbein" data-rightCaption="Nero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Detail of the roasted green tea soft serve as a parfait from Tsubaki; Credit: Anne FishbeinNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinPonte; Credit: Anne Fishbein" data-rightCaption="Nero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Squash blossom pizza from Ponte; Credit: Anne FishbeinNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Squid on the plancha with broccoliNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinKismet; Credit: Anne Fishbein" data-rightCaption="Nero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">saffron and pine nuts from Kismet; Credit: Anne FishbeinNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinMaestro; Credit: Anne Fishbein" data-rightCaption="Nero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Day boat scallops from Maestro; Credit: Anne FishbeinNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Wood-roasted prawnsNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinPonte; Credit: Anne Fishbein" data-rightCaption="Nero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">squid ink farro risotto from Ponte; Credit: Anne FishbeinNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Shakshuka: poached eggs in tomato stewNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Shakshuka: poached eggs in tomato stewNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Indonesian fried rice cake salad tossed with creamy tamarind-peanut sauceNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">Indonesian fried rice cake salad tossed with creamy tamarind-peanut sauceNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">peanut streuselNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">peanut streuselNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">peanut streuselNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">pesto GenoveseNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne FishbeinChez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein">pesto GenoveseNero risotto, local squid, prawns, prosciutto gremolata, lovage pesto from Chez Tex; Credit: Anne Fishbein

A Middle Eastern–tinged eatery from the Madcapra duo. Evan Funke's latest palace of pasta. An ecletic eatery from Umami Burger's creator — with no burgers on the menu. An Indonesian small-plates restaurant. A kinda French kinda Californian mom-and-pop place in Venice. And many, many more. L.A. Weekly samples L.A.'s edible bounty year-round, and here are our favorite new spots from the first half of 2017.