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Hounds’ Showdown Over Favorite Soup Dumplings

J&J keeps a pretty low profile, but it’s been getting a ton of good PR on the boards lately. READ MORE

Chichen Itza Opens in MacArthur Park

Chichen Itza, whose Mercado Paloma stall is a hound favorite, has finally opened its long-anticipated restaurant. READ MORE

Habanero Salsa in the ‘Hood

There’s a grill, and a braising “hubcap” where the juices collect and infuse the meat and braised onions. READ MORE

The Faux-Hostess With the Mostest

Cupcakes from Dainties knocked FoodieMcFood for a loop. Dark chocolate with ganache frosting and a shot of whipped cream inside and on top make them like the Hostess cakes of childhood, but so, so much better. READ MORE

Jewish Penicillin – It’s for All of Us

Kreplach soup at Solley’s in Sherman Oaks has excellent dumplings of good thick dough filled with well-spiced beef, says bglicklich. READ MORE

Go for the Pastries, Stay for Lunch

Rubio’s Bakery may look like an unassuming panaderia, but this Guatemalan place has a ton of tasty-looking hot dishes too: chicken stew, pupusas, tamales studded with slivered vegetables, stewed beef and fried chicken. READ MORE

Magic Wok’s Miraculous Return

Filipino restaurant Magic Wok has reopened after a strip-mall fire, just in time for the new year, and it’s as good as ever, says elmomonster. READ MORE

Neighborhood Mexican Place Perks Up

Someone new is in the kitchen at La Parrilla on Sunset, and they really know how to cook, says AndrewS. READ MORE

The Best Chicken Pho

The best pho ga, period, is at Pho Nguyen Hoang, says hjb READ MORE

Taiwanese Deli 2.0

When it comes to Taiwanese street food, Won Won Kitchen is where it’s at, says ipsedixit. READ MORE