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

Early Report: Vietnamese Street Food at East Borough

The Culver City boom continues with the opening of East Borough, a kitchen specializing in upmarket Vietnamese street eats. The lunch menu plays it straight with sandwiches and noodles, from dac biet banh mi to grilled pork buns. At dinner, small plates and mains like banh xeo (Vietnamese crêpe) with Dungeness crab and lamb ribs in a tamarind glaze take the lead.

The LA Spot Where Mole Tater Tots Are a Thing

As if crispy fried potatoes weren’t deliriously delicious already, the team at Amor y Tacos in Cerritos has gone above and beyond the typical potato side dish, topping tater tots with their house-made, 21-ingredient mole, plus queso fresco, cilantro, onion, and sour cream (pictured). The tots “may be one of the most crave-worthy things I’ve eaten,” says Chowhound member ipsedixit. Ignore your waistline and go all in with an order of Doritos chilaquiles.

Chilling Out in LA: The Chicago Hot Dog

Chicago wiener seller Budacki’s Drive In has opened a Los Angeles location near Exposition Park, and the shop’s prices are sure to draw hungry (and thrifty) folks to the yard—one hound enjoyed a dog, a beef sandwich, fries, and a drink for just eight bucks.

A Sherman Oaks Pizzeria Where You Should Get the Spaghetti

Antonio’s Pizzeria has delivered family-style Italian fare to pasta- and pizza-lovers in the San Fernando Valley since 1957. A slice of pizza is a given, but ponder the Spaghetti Caruso while you’re at it, made with onions, marinara, chicken livers, garlic, and wine.

There’s Great Ramen Behind SoCal’s Orange Curtain

OC residents can attest to the fact that there’s great ramen outside the boundaries of LA. Hailed bowls behind the Orange Curtain include the chicken shoyu ramen at Ramen Zetton and the mazemen ramen at Playground, made with Wagyu beef fat, wild mushroom, and togarashi.

“You Buy, We Fry” Around Southern California

For fried oysters, shrimp, and sole, there’s Louisiana Best Seafood in Long Beach; for a mean order of fried red snapper, try Captain Kidd’s Fish Market in Redondo Beach. Know a killer "You Buy, We Fry" establishment? Share it with fellow SoCal fried-food-loving Chowhounds.

Chowhounds’ Fave LA Takeout Options

Not all days are created equal, and some are so rough that lifting a finger in the kitchen come dinnertime is just too much to bear. Lucky for Angelenos, lamb vindaloo, banh mi, eggplant pizza, and more are just a dial away—you will have to lift a finger for that, though.

LA Chowhound Find: Sweet Bakery Grocery & Kabob Factory

For marinated Armenian kabobs you can toss on your home grill, Chowhound member Jwsel hits Sweet Bakery Grocery & Kabob Factory, a market, bakery, and restaurant rolled into one sensational stop in Van Nuys. Test the waters with the boneless chicken breast or lamb.

Dinner in the Wolvesden

The line between fine art and food is heavily blurred at Wolvesmouth, an underground, experimental kitchen in Los Angeles orchestrated by Craig Thornton. A seat at Thornton’s table is extremely hard to come by, but Chowhound JMan604 was one of a lucky few at a recent dinner. The nine-course meal was “easily the best ... I've had,” says JMan604.

Chowhound Find: Hungry Fox

In the forest of breakfast possibilities in the San Fernando Valley is Hungry Fox, a North Hollywood café serving mostly American eats, plus a few items with an Asian twist. The homemade jams and famous chicken and waffles (pictured) are fan favorites.