Other nominees: Trois Mec, Girasol, Orsa & Winston
A restaurant should not be defined by the previous inhabitants that haunt its kitchens, but it's hard to ignore the cultural significance that comes with La Brea Avenue's latest crowning achievement, République. Built in 1929, the building first served as Charlie Chaplin's office, then the birthplace of LA's beloved Campanile and, after Campanile shuttered, La Brea Bakery. Yet while history certainly plays a part—the importance of a quality bakery has been carried forward—République, which opened in November of last year and is headed by Walter and Margarita Manzke, is a refreshing addition to LA's French bistro scene. Margarita's freshly baked breads and pastries are a large part of République's success, but no trip here would be complete without the addictive duck liver mousse (I believe the phrase "This is like crack" was uttered). In truth, most everything here is something we feel like we couldn't live without after one bite.
For this year's Readers' Choice Awards, we nominated some of our favorite places to eat and drink in LA—and left the rest up to you (hey, somebody's got to do it). After weeks of voting for restaurants, bars and chefs in LA, ten winners emerged. Here are your winning picks for 2014.
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