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

LA’s Best Lox

While lox is typically not the most affordable offering on the menu, aficionados are willing to go the distance and pay the price for thin, salty, quality cuts of the

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Early Report: Orsa & Winston

Josef Centeno’s latest restaurant, Orsa & Winston, is omakase only, and so far dishes like crudo of Japanese mackerel and coddled egg with pancetta and sherry cream have Chowhounds singing

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Deli Pickles in Bulk

Lovers of sour deli-style pickles are in luck: They’re available in bulk at A-1 Eastern Homemade Pickle Company, a nondescript downtown shop that distributes pickles to some of Angelenos’ favorite

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Great Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles may be a classic LA restaurant, but it’s not the only place dishing up a killer combo of battered chicken and syrupy waffles. Consult

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Early Report: Roadside Eats Opens in Hollywood

For the dinner-and-a-movie crowd, a flick in Hollywood can now be paired with barbecue from Roadside Eats, a casual kitchen brought to you by the folks behind Rush Street in

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Fried Fish Around LA

In September, Chowhounds banded together and sought out fried fish in every corner of Greater Los Angeles. Next time a craving for roadside catfish and chips, po’ boys, or oyster

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Early Report: Offal Galore at Jue Wei

Duck head, goose bowels, and intestines are just some of the offal-icious offerings at Jue Wei Kitchen, a new restaurant in San Gabriel. “Go for the oddities, stay for the

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Take a Seat in Venice’s Barnyard

For some, the name Barnyard conjures up pig troughs and hay, but for Executive Chef Jesse Barber, formerly of the Tasting Kitchen, the title is about casual comfort. Head to

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Allumette Impresses in Echo Park

Allumette describes its fare as avant-garde comfort food, and after a recent visit to the Echo Park restaurant, Ciao Bob declares the food delicious as well. Blue prawns with pork

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Chowhound Find: Copper Still Bar

For cleverly mixed cocktails with a side of pupusas or yuca sticks, hunt down the Copper Still Bar, a speakeasy hidden inside Jaraguá Salvadoran Restaurant in Koreatown. And be sure

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Early Report: Sweet Rose Creamery Now Churning in Santa Monica

The artisan ice cream, pastries, and coffee at Sweet Rose Creamery lure plenty of eaters to Brentwood, but now the crowd can divide and conquer: A second location has opened

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LA’s Best Cream Pies

For some Chowhounds, a bad day can be turned around with a hefty slice of cream pie. Cure your ills with one of these recommended banana or coconut cream pies.

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Early Report: Sushi Zo Offshoot in Downtown LA

The strictly omakase Sushi Zo has its share of followers, and now Chef Keizo Seki has opened a second storefront in downtown LA dubbed simply Zo. According to J.L., the

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Where to Eat Around Atwater Village

Hunting for Eastside gems in and around Atwater Village? Consult this list of Chowhound-worthy kitchens—you’ll find everything from New York–style pizza to Persian koobideh.

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Early Report: Donut Friend Opens in Highland Park

Crazy, customizable donuts are the thing at Highland Park newcomer Donut Friend. Build your own from a laundry list of cake, filling, glaze, and topping options, or try a shop

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Sensational Sweets from Sakura-Ya

Since opening in 1960, Japanese confectionary Sakura-Ya has delighted patrons with traditional handmade mochi and other sweets. Stop by the family-owned shop in Gardena for kuri manju (baked chestnut pastry),

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$10 Eats in Orange County

For a satisfying meal in Orange County that won’t empty your wallet, consult this Chowhound list—it’s compiled by expert eaters who know how to eat on the cheap.

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Taco María Parks in Orange County

Taco María may sound like a run-of-the-mill taqueria, but this truck-turned-brick-and-mortar-restaurant has Carlos Salgado of the Bay Area’s Coi and Commis behind the wheel. Offerings are anything but ordinary, like

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Another Sushi Stop in Pasadena

According to Chowhound user revets2, the new Osawa in Pasadena offers quality sushi at a reasonable cost. A $45 omakase dinner might include pieces of hamachi, pompano, shima aji, saba,

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San Gabriel Valley’s Best Chinese Beef Rolls

The beef roll competition is fierce in the San Gabriel Valley, but Chowhounds know where to find the heavy hitters.

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A Revamped Menu at Santa Monica’s Valentino

Owner Piero Selvaggio and chef Nico Chessa have revamped the menu at 40-year-old Valentino, highlighting regional fare from Sicily and Sardinia. Plates such as spaghetti with sea urchin and cuttlefish

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