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Restaurant recommendations, new openings, and highlights from the LA Chowhound community.

Seafood Spot on Santa Monica Pier Gets a Refresh

Though it’s full of thrills, the iconic Santa Monica Pier is hardly a foodie destination. But The Albright, an upgraded version of the old SM Pier Seafood, is doing its darndest to change that notion. Stop by the refreshed dining room for a pint of craft beer and a giant bowl of spicy seafood soup (pictured).

Where to Keep It Edgy in LA (Your Knife, That Is)

When it comes time to don your apron and get to work in the kitchen, a well-sharpened knife can make all the difference. Uneasy about using the honing steel? Spare yourself the stress and bring those dull knives to one of a few sharp shops around LA.

Where to Eat in Long Beach

With Modica’s deli sandwiches, Schooner or Later’s pancakes, and Enrique’s pork shank, living is indeed easy in Long Beach—and not just in the summertime. Here’s where Chowhounds pencil in a meal when they’re in the LBC.

Take Two at LA’s Twins Sliders

Cheeseburgers and spicy fried chicken sandwiches reign at Twins Sliders, a small shack on Sunset Boulevard that’s been serving up sandwich duos, fries, and milk shakes since last fall. The Hollywood location is going strong, but the second shop, on Fairfax Avenue, is currently moving to a yet-to-be-disclosed location.

Seeking: The Best Macarons in Los Angeles

The jury is still out on where to find the best macarons in LA, especially for 'hounds who've had the pleasure of nibbling the renowned versions from Ladurée in New York. Know a great macaron purveyor in the City of Angels? Share your find with inquiring Chowhounds.

LA Early Report on a Coffee and Pizza Newcomer

Sitting side by side like loving siblings, sister restaurants EnjoEat Classico and EnjoEat Espresso have opened in Culver City, serving up thin-crust pizzas, paninis, and coffee. Fans of Gardena’s Eatalian Café are thrilled to see Chef Antonio Pellini spreading his love in this direction.

Santa Monica’s Throwdown Sandwich

We're just two months into 2014, but one Chowhound has already declared this the sandwich of the year: porchetta on toasted rye, made at A Cut Above Butcher Shop in Santa Monica. Beyond sandwiches, chef/owner Eddy Shin is offering meat-market fare such as grass-fed rib-eye, head cheese, and pâtés.

Chowhounds Rank Omakase Options in LA

Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine is “laid back perfection” to 'hound Ciao Bob, while the chef’s choice at Urasawa is sublime in dndicicco’s eyes. Depending on the depth of your wallet, there’s a boatload of quality counters for outstanding omakase in LA—let the experts on Chowhound steer you in the right direction.

Early Report on Whiz, Cheesesteaks-Plus in Koreatown

The team behind Koreatown’s Beer Belly is known for comfort-food indulgences like duck-fat fries and buttermilk fried chicken. Now they’ve brought their talents to the sandwich game with Whiz, a new shop that touts Philly cheesesteaks, hot and cold sandwiches, wings, and burgers.

Brazilian BBQ in Torrance Is Still on Fire

Torrance’s By Brazil has been filling bellies with authentic Brazilian barbecue and other dishes for more than twenty years. Stop in for feijoada or smoked short ribs, two offerings among many at the all-you-can-eat buffet.