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

LA Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast, Oh My!

In December, Chowhounds sacrificed their waistlines and sought out the best carb-heavy breakfasts in town. Lemon-ricotta pancakes smeared with almond-blueberry butter and brioche French toast were among the finds.

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Early Report: The Wallace

The Wallace took its seat among the Culver City crowd recently, and the kitchen is earning accolades on Chowhound for small plates like lemonfish crudo with fennel and daikon and

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Early Report: Kokio Chicken

Add one more to the list of Korean fried chicken shacks to try: Kokio Chicken is frying (and grilling) crispy whole and half chickens, wings, and drumsticks worthy of a

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Where to Buy Spices in Bulk in LA

When you’re hunting for quality spices in Los Angeles, from anise seed to turmeric, visit one of these local markets and scoop what you need.

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What to Order at the Musso & Frank Grill

Open since 1919, the Musso & Frank Grill is a Los Angeles institution, known for filling the glasses and bellies of literary giants like F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, and

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Chowhound Find: Crème Caramel LA

At Crème Caramel LA in Sherman Oaks, custard cups rule the roost—especially the original French custard, a family recipe. The unique flavors, from ube (purple yam) to masala chai, are

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More Pizza to Love Near Abbot Kinney

Venice locals have struck strip-mall gold with South End, a new kitchen and wine bar by Mozza veteran Frank Fermin. The chef is keeping things simple, with six “rustic pie”

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Corazon y Miel Pumps Up Bell

For seriously inspired Mexican eats—think avocado frito with mango and coconut, plus wild boar chilaquiles—bypass downtown and land at Bell’s Corazon y Miel, brought to you by Eduardo Ruiz, formerly

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Meizhou Dongpo Opens in Century City

After much anticipation, Beijing-based Meizhou Dongpo has opened its doors in the Westfield Century City mall. Despite speculation that typical Sichuan spice levels are being tailored to the restaurant’s Westside

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Where to Eat Persian Food in LA

Westwood is a treasure trove of incredible Persian eats, but Chowhounds have their favorite gems among the glitter and gold. Next time you’re craving a serious lamb shank or tahdig

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The Best Los Angeles Chowhound Finds of 2013

This year, diligent Chowhounds overturned rocks and pulled back curtains in search of excellent yet unknown kitchens in the Los Angeles area. Here are 10 diverse finds from 2013, in

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Top 10 Los Angeles Restaurant Openings of 2013

Handmade pastas, po’ boys brimming with catfish, and inventive omakase menus are just some of the offerings that brought LA-area Chowhounds to their feet in 2013. In alphabetical order, here

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Samosa House West Heats Up

After recent changes to the kitchen staff, Samosa House West should be back on your culinary must-visit map, according to Chowhound Moomin. While steam tray items like jackfruit and cauliflower

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Two Chowhound Finds in Simi Valley

Chowhound member SIMIHOUND is thrilled with two winning diners in a Simi Valley shopping plaza: Burger Express Fresh Mexican Grill, and Ferretiz Grill and Cafe. The menu at the former

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The Royce Revs Up Pasadena

The Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena lures guests with beautiful suites and lush grounds, and the well-executed eats at The Royce sweeten the pot even more. The restaurant specializes in

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Ricky’s Fish Tacos Returns to Hollywood

After having his Hollywood parking-lot tent shut down earlier this year, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos lit up his fry pans in a Chinatown parking lot, and local fans

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Where to Eat Along the Metro Gold Line

For years, Chowhounds familiar with the Metro Gold Line have swapped ideas on great food and drink within walking distance of the train. A hop-off/hop-on progressive meal might include a

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Early Report: Sherman Oaks’ Ramen by Omae

Michelin-recognized chef Takeshi Omae has opened his first restaurant in the States. The blessed landing place? Sherman Oaks. Ramen by Omae boils its tonkotsu broth for 40 hours; choose from

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Where to Buy Blue Bottle Coffee Beans in LA

Blue Bottle Coffee is set to open up shop in the Los Angeles area next year, but until then fans of the Oakland-based coffee roaster are buying Blue Bottle beans

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Chowhound Find: British Indian Eats at Hot Red Bus

Hot Red Bus sells British Indian eats in Alhambra, and the fish steals the show with its light and crispy batter and juiciness. Top your chips with lamb-and-beef doner, and

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Early Report: Oleego

In the refurbished Seventh and Figueroa complex sits Oleego, a fast-casual Korean eatery created by Jenee Kim of Parks BBQ. Don’t let the food-court setting or the build-your-own-bowl concept keep

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