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LA’s New Restaurant Openings

All the LA restaurant openings you should know about.

If you tried to keep track of every brand-new restaurant in Los Angeles, you might go a little wild. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential—although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

FEBRUARY

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The Beverly Center's ground-floor seafood restaurant went on a sabbatical of sorts during the pandemic and is now back as a revamped version of itself. With a new menu, new chef, and redone dining room, Angler is doubling down on the upscale oceanic theme: look for dishes like swordfish al pastor skewers with charred pineapple, cockles cooked in green sambal, and warm bread rolls stuffed with cheese and anchovy butter.

The people behind Norah and Margot have now opened Juliet, a French brasserie in Culver City that looks like a millionaire's luxury farmhouse (you know, for when they need to "get away from it all.”) It's undeniably gorgeous, and so is the food, like tins of fish tartare on ice with dollops of caviar, a classic endive salad served in neat wedges, and a candied crepes suzette with bright California oranges. There are also 50 by-the-glass options on the very French wine list.

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Oy, Oysters

Located inside San Gabriel’s Blossom Market Hall, the aptly named Oy, Oysters is clearly a place to go when you're in the mood for oysters. That’s because the only menu decision you have to make here is which type of mollusks you want to eat. The selection varies daily, with oysters sourced from the Pacific Northwest, Prince Edward Island, and Baja California being some potential options (along with lemon and mini Tabasco bottles.) 

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Baby Gee

Baby Gee is a new bar on 4th Street in Long Beach that looks like someone's (cool) first apartment: paper lanterns, painted brick walls, and a hodgepodge of thrift store finds. The bar serves natural wines and fun cocktails that don't take themselves too seriously, like the A Friend in Need with two types of rum, cold brew, and tonka bean or the Sally on the Moon with gin, pink peppercorn, and Bazooka bubble gum.

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Des Croissants Paris

Des Croissants leaves no room for interpretation: it's a traditional Parisian bakery. Originally a vendor at various local farmers markets, this Culver City shop is the boulangerie's first brick-and-mortar where you'll find staples like freshly baked baguettes, pain au chocolat, and flakey, danish-like pastries known as panier filled with things like raclette cheese, mushrooms, and fresh fruit.

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Hudson House

West Hollywood's Hudson House (not to be confused with Hudson House in Redondo Beach) is a seafood-leaning restaurant from Dallas: a city not known for its seafood nor for being near a major body of water. The menu, however, is a mix of East Coast-style seafood dishes and non-fishy things. Expect raw bar options, Nantucket chowder, and a shrimp cocktail with chipotle remoulade, as well as tempura-battered chicken tenders, steak frites, and a cheeseburger with Hudson sauce that's apparently, "often imitated, never duplicated."

JANUARY

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Corridor 109

After popping up in Koreatown last year, this seafood tasting menu concept from a fine dining chef whose family runs Kobawoo House now has a permanent home on the second floor of Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. The $225 nine-course menu features dishes like charcoal-grilled ​​iwashi sardine on toast and abalone risotto with thick shavings of black truffle. Just note that the restaurant only seats eight diners at a time, so reservations are scarce—you can sign up for their waitlist here.

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Bar Chelou

Bar Chelou in Pasadena comes from the chef behind the now-closed Bar Restaurant, and this time the place has a name you can actually google. Much like its predecessor, Bar Chelou's bistro menu mostly takes inspiration from France, with flavorful twists from other parts of the world tossed in to shake things up. Think sprouting cauliflower in a Sichuan pepper au poivre, an Iberico pork chop coated in furikake, and carrots râpées tossed in a coconut dressing and topped with potato straws.

Kusaki in West LA is home to the city’s first plant-based omakase, or at least the first where the tapioca-based faux sushi looks like real fish and not just pretty Jell-O. Choose between a five- or seven-course sushi omakase, or order a mix of vegan items from their a la carte menu, including nigiri, sashimi platters, and even non-sushi dishes like a maitake mushroom burger topped with shishito peppers and vegan cheese.

It’s refreshing to see new businesses crop up on Santa Monica’s Montana Ave that aren’t boutiques or cafes selling eight different kinds of toasts. Bun & Mi is one such breath of fresh air: a casual Vietnamese spot with staples like banh mi and bun bowls, plus a creative drink menu featuring iced ube foam lattes. Get your lunch fix by building your own salad, sandwich or vermicelli bowl with a choice of protein, including grilled chicken, tofu and mushroom, or Vietnamese-style shaken beef.

We’ve been too busy awaiting the new Sticky Rice location on West 3rd Street to notice that the same people just quietly opened Miya, a Thai restaurant in Altadena. It’s currently operating as a takeout window with a tight menu featuring a gang ped pumpkin curry, basil eggplant stir-fry, and pad thai topped with handfuls of dried shrimp and pork cracklings.

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The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

A place called Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen could only exist at the Universal City Walk. This massive, whimsical steampunk-and-sweets-themed restaurant looks like the kind of place where you have a non-zero chance of falling into a chocolate river or being accosted by a mechanical robot waiter. Besides chocolate desserts and pineapple upside-down milkshakes, they also serve food that doesn’t cause cavities, including flatbreads, fried chicken sandwiches, and a long list of burgers.

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Saucy Chick Rotisserie / The Goat Mafia

Saucy Chick and The Goat Mafia are two Smorgasburg vendors (and self-professed besties) that have joined forces to open a shared brick-and-mortar space on West 3rd St. Designed as a collective where you can support local breweries and tortillerias featured on the menu, the joint venture offers all the dishes that made these two operations popular. Expect Goat Mafia's glossy, whole-roasted cabrita, as well as Saucy Chick's spice-rubbed rotisserie chickens and Indian fusion dishes like chaat-chos with lime-spiced coconut and roasted peanuts.

We, too, are wondering when Tulum-inspired restaurants will go out of style, but Casa Madera proves that's not happening anytime soon. From the people behind Toca Madera and Tocaya, this Sunset Strip restaurant is an indoor-outdoor space with great views of the Hollywood Hills and $18 tacos. The menu features some interesting spins on Mexican classics, like al pastor jidori chicken, beet and jicama salad with goat cheese crema, and duck carnitas tacos topped with chipotle cherry salsa.

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Encanto Colombian Food

Encanto is a new Colombian restaurant in Hermosa Beach that's a few blocks from the water. If you're looking to catch up on sleep during your beach day, consider their heavy-duty brunch menu: there's beef rib and potato soup, tamales stuffed with chicken, pork, and egg, and a loaded bandeja paisa that doesn't skimp on the chicharron and steak. Also, expect Colombian staples like arepas, yucca pasteles, and mounds of arroz con pollo.

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Saveur & Europeo

Saveur & Europeo sounds like a French electronic duo or the name of an Italian shoe brand, but it's actually neither: it's a French-Italian food truck in West Hollywood that serves bistro classics and fresh pasta. The mobile operation is dishing out boeuf bourguignon, mussels cooked in white wine, and sandwiches like croque monsieurs and the milanese packed with Italian cold cuts. We're also really into the idea of a curbside charcuterie board, which Saveur & Europeo offers to-go.

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Elf Cafe

After closing during the pandemic, Elf is now up and running in Echo Park with a vegetarian/Lebanese-leaning menu from the chef at Dune. Meals here are an assortment of small plates, including polenta with aged cheddar and chanterelles, hummus with a side of baguette, and smoked trout brandade on toast. And if you want to snack on even smaller bites, there are tiny morsels like tins of Ortiz sardines with crostinis, bread with "good" butter, and oeufs rouille, which is translated as seven-minute deviled eggs (we're intrigued).

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Monarch

Monarch is a new Cantonese restaurant in Arcadia from the people behind fashion-forward Chinese-Peruvian spot Chifa. Apart from having one of the most eye-catching dining spaces we've seen in recent memory, the menu at this bluish-purple-hued Chinese banquet hall also has our full attention. Expect lobster tails tossed in a sweet, spicy black pepper sauce, silken steamed egg with monkfish liver, and Chifa's signature beef noodle soup.

Whatever your hot take on the LA bagel scene might be, most of us can agree that this town takes its toppings seriously. That seems to be the case at Layla in Santa Monica, a new daytime bagel spot from a baker who worked at Gjusta and Tartine. The puffy hand-rolled sourdough bagels here come topped with combinations like hummus and zhug, scrambled eggs with aged cheddar, and seasonal fruit with honey. They're also serving a full roster of coffee drinks, plus babkas, muffins, and parfaits.

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Tonchin

Tokyo-based ramen chain Tonchin just opened its first West Coast location in Larchmont Village, and the bowls here are a little more dressed up than your average neighborhood ramen spot. Expect gourmet touches like smoked fish oil, baby clams, and dollops of fish roe over housemade, hand-cut noodles. Tonchin offers a range of ramen styles, such as tonkotsu, tsukemen, and brothless mazemen, as well as pan-fried gyoza, curried chicken wings, and a Japanese cocktail program featuring a yuzu-infused margarita.

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Clark Street

You can't go a block in Larchmont Village without stumbling upon a baked good, and that's even more true now that local outfit Clark Street has opened a new location on the stretch. The popular bakery is offering its usual hits at Larchmont, including crackly kouign-amanns, Swedish cinnamon buns, and hearty bacon, egg, and gruyere sandwiches on house-baked sourdough.

After closing in 2020, Bon Shabu is back with a new, sleek location in Koreatown. This AYCE Korean-style hotpot restaurant offers a $58 per person dinner menu where you choose from eight broths—including kombu-dashi, beef bone, and chile oil. Bottomless vegetables, shellfish, and thin-sliced prime beef are also included in the spread, which sounds appealing in this gloomy weather.

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Beverly Bar

Apologies for repeating ourselves, but Beverly Bar is a bar in Beverly Hills. There's more to it than that though, since this locally owned spot offers a decent-sized food menu of pickle plates, crudos, a steak sandwich, and pizzas topped with truffle and gruyere. Happy Hour at Beverly Bar runs from  Tuesday to Friday, 4pm to 6pm, with discounts on wine, beer, and not-so-light bites like beef tallow fries.

Steak 48 is a luxury spinoff concept from the owners of Mastro's that has locations in Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, and now Beverly Hills (wait, you might ask, isn't there already a Mastro's in Beverly Hills?). The menu at Steak 48 hits all the steakhouse staples like strip steaks, shrimp cocktails, creamed spinach, and a wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese. But there are also some more unique dishes in the mix, too, including bone-in Iberico pork chops and rack of Australian lamb.

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Chuy's Tacos Dorados

If you prefer your tacos crunchy, Chuy's Tacos Dorados is your kind of spot. The crispy taco specialist has expanded with a take-out window inside Westfield Topanga, serving fresh-fried shells filled with things like shredded beef, chorizo, and refried beans, which, according to the menu, are not "canned garbage." If you want something a little softer, they also offer burritos on flour tortillas with the same fillings.

West Hollywood’s Gold Coast was a popular queer bar for over four decades until it closed back in 2020. And although it’s no longer around, its fans can now head to a new queer space at the same location: Or Bar. The upscale Art Deco lounge features lots of gold paneling, mirrors, and comfy-looking couches, along with spins on classic cocktails, like the New Fashioned made with blood orange honey and the passionfruit-tinged Or 54.

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Kubbeh Cohen

For anyone looking for an excuse to peel off the 101, check out Kubbeh Cohen in Woodland Hills. This casual kosher spot specializes in the less commonly seen dish kubbeh, an Iraqi-Jewish soup with meat-filled dumplings and your choice of beet or squash-based broth. If you want something more portable for the road, the menu at Kubbeh Cohen also has dishes like Yemeni-style malawach, shredded beef cigars, and beef-stuffed pitas called arais.

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Min Min Pie House

You can only have the same bowl of oatmeal so many times before it starts tasting like liquid cement, so maybe switch things up with a Northern Chinese breakfast at Min Min Pie House. This menu at this Alhambra spot includes traditional soybean milk and hot teas alongside scallion pancakes, fried leek dumplings, and steamed mini buns, to name a few highlights. Min Min is also open until 9pm, which means you can stop by whenever those noodle and dumpling cravings hit.

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Mystyx Kafe

At Mystix Kafe in East LA, your morning coffee can come with a few vanilla pumps, a caramel swirl, and a slight dusting of the occult. This coffee cart turned brick-and-mortar combines witchcraft, goth culture, and quality coffee to create drinks such as the horchata-flavored White Magic and the iced Nocturnal Latte with caramel and mocha “blood” splattered inside the cup. Mystix offers food now, too, including various pastries and the SadWitch, stuffed with cheddar, ham, and avocado.

DECEMBER

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Saltie Girl

Saltie Girl is, in fact, the new girl in town after making the move from Boston to West Hollywood. The upscale seafood spot is one of our favorite restaurants in Boston, and now they're bringing all their heavy hitters west with a second location in LA. Expect dishes like crab and stracciatella toast with pistachio crumble, buttery torched salmon belly, and a lobster roll served with their famed salt and vinegar chips.

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Cafe Basque

DTLA's The Hoxton has a lot going on between its pool, Peruvian rooftop bar, and its most recent addition: the shiny new lobby restaurant Café Basque. The bistro-y spot comes from the same chef behind NYC's Le Coucou and serves a menu of French-Basque dishes like steak au poivre and côte de boeuf, plus local seafood and pintxos cooked over a wood fire.

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Colibrí

The chef behind Peruvian fusion spots like Causita and Rosaliné is doing a year-long "residency" at Los Balcones in Hollywood––sort of like a Vegas residency but with more ají and less pyrotechnics. The menu at Colibrí hones in on traditional Peruvian staples like a yellowtail tiradito with limo pepper salt, a classic lomo saltado, and beer-braised short ribs with quinoa grits and smoked rocoto aioli.

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Soul Food Shack

At the second location of this casual Southern spot, now open in Inglewood, they're doing breakfast dishes like red velvet waffles and catfish with grits as well as all-day options like burgers, fried okra, and lemon pepper wings, to name a few. You'll also find heartier entree plates on their massive menu, including meatloaf, smothered fried chicken, and oxtails served with two sides and cornbread.

Add Guisados to the "LA Chain Hall of Fame" alongside Zankou Chicken and Sugarfish—this homegrown taco spot now has an impressive eight locations across the city. The newest one is in Hermosa Beach (a short walk from the pier) and offers Guisados' usual roster of tacos on fresh tortillas filled with cochinita pibil, chicharron in chile verde, or chicken in mole poblano.

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Con Huevos

As the name suggests, this Mexican breakfast spot in Hawthorne knows its way around a carton of eggs. Con Huevos specializes in chilaquiles (with a choice of red or green salsa) topped with a fried egg, huevos rancheros, build-your-own omelets, and breakfast burritos stuffed with machaca. However, we're mostly interested in the chilaquiles torta, which sounds saucy and decadent in a carb-on-carb way.

Niku X looks pretty flashy. This high-end Japanese barbecue spot inside DTLA's Wilshire Grand Center is 9,000 square feet of sleek furniture, tiger murals, and fridges filled with dry-aged A5 wagyu. As you might've guessed, dinner here isn't cheap—the yakiniku tasting menu is $230 per person—but the menu features cuts from the restaurant's own cattle ranch, as well as high-end beef from around the world. Expect lots of uni, caviar, and truffles, too.

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The Let's Go! Disco & Cocktail Club

Casual pizza dinners at De La Nonna can feel like you're eating at a funky, ‘70s lounge, but there's now an actual '70s-themed disco right next door: The Arts District pizzeria is behind The Let's Go! Disco and Cocktail Club, a neon purple hi-fi bar with disco balls and retro leather couches aplenty. Along with a DJ spinning retro dance tracks, you'll find a white marbled bar serving Italian-inspired cocktails like saffron sodas with Campari and white wine, plus 20 different kinds of amaro.

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Holey Grail Donuts

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Originally from Kauai, Hawaii-based chain Holey Grail Donuts is bringing its taro-based donuts to the mainland for the first time with a new store in Santa Monica. The donuts here are fried to order in coconut oil, which means you should mentally prepare to wait a few minutes before they arrive hot. The menu includes flavors like saffron snickerdoodle, honey and sea salt, and fresh lilikoi (passionfruit). You'll also find a variety of coffee drinks made with housemade nut milks on tap.

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John Thomas Bar

Jame Enoteca in El Segundo has long been one of our favorite South Bay Italian spots, and it now doubles as a late-night cocktail destination as well. The new John Thomas Bar sits in an expanded space next to the restaurant, pouring housemade limoncello, Italian and Californian wines, and cocktails named after various LA chefs, including a Nancy Silverton martini with olive oil gin and blanc vermouth. Show up after 9pm to sample late-night snacks like marinated olives and chips with onion fonduta dip.

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Cafe Triste

There's something comforting about going over to a friend's with a bottle of wine and snacking on whatever is inside their fridge. That seems to be the general vibe Cafe Triste, a small wine bar inside Chinatown's Mandarin Plaza, is going for. Opened by the people behind Psychic Wines in Silver Lake, this checker-floored bar has a revolving by-the-glass wine list and a short menu of snacks, such as prawns with mayo, toastie sandwiches with comté cheese, and a charcuterie option listed simply as "ham (inquire) M.P."

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Anna May Bar

Located inside Crustacean, Beverly Hills' long-running Vietnamese fine dining restaurant, this Art Deco-themed cocktail lounge pays homage to Hollywood legend Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star. You'll see a few tributes on the menu, including the Anna May cocktail with mezcal, Aperol, and champagne yuzu foam, and the Daughter of the Dragon (named after her 1931 film) made with Thai chile-infused Belvedere and Cointreau. If you arrive hungry, bar food like Crustacean's famed garlic noodles and eggplant fries are also available.


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Bistro 1968

Bistro 1968 is the newest dim sum spot to hit the SGV, and it's already attracting large weekend crowds. Expect to wait over an hour for a table here, but know you're not spending your Saturday morning waiting for just any har gow. Bistro 1968 serves creative dim sum items like savory tarts topped with baked abalone, pumpkin, sweet bean sesame balls, and spicy pork dumplings shaped like little pigs. There are also larger Cantonese entrees to split with the table, including Macau-style roasted pork belly and honey-glazed Iberico pork charsiu.

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Dan Modern Chinese

Just in time for peak holiday shopping season, the food options at The Village in Westfield Topanga have continued to level up, this time with the arrival of Dan Modern Chinese. This is the sixth location of the LA-based chain best known for handmade dumplings and noodles, like their signature xiao long bao stuffed with pork and Dungeness crab and short rib dan mein stir-fried in sweet garlic sauce. 

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Negroni

Before you ask: yes, this Argentinian bar and restaurant on W. 3rd Street has a negroni sbagliato (with prosecco) on the menu. You'll also find plenty of other amaro-based drinks, including a classic negroni, negroni sour made with grapefruit cordial, and even a mezcal espresso negroni. And just as impressive as Negroni's ability to reinvent the same drink ten times is their massive food menu, which includes everything from tomahawk steaks and pasta to a full-fledged sushi bar.

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Willie Mae's

After a brief stint as a takeout-only operation, this famous New Orleans fried chicken spot is officially open at its brick-and-mortar location in Venice. Expect their signature crunchy, wet-battered fried chicken, gumbo, and red beans and rice—hopefully without the two hours wait that you’ll find in NOLA.

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Forever Pie

Forever Pie is a vegan pizza parlor in West Hollywood from the people behind Monty’s Good Burger. The shop is ‘90s hip-hop themed, with a graffiti mural on the wall and highly curated playlists on the speakers, and the New York-style pizzas are topped with things like plant-based pepperoni and Beyond Meat steak glazed with Korean barbecue sauce. Salads, calzones, and soy-based wings round out the classic pizza joint menu.

This Westside gluten-free bakery has a new location in Studio City, offering a full slate of baked goods like flaky croissants, hazelnut praline eclairs, and loaves of buckwheat sourdough.

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Hamburguetza

Pablito’s World has more spin-offs than the NCIS franchise, from Pablito’s Tacos to Pablito’s Pizza, and now Hamburguetza. The new Chinatown concept serves wagyu smashburgers with Latin American twists, including patties topped with huevos rancheros, fried plantains, and cochinita pibil. 

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Mad Bulldog Hot Chicken

Not to overwhelm you, but another hot chicken spot has opened in Los Angeles. This time it’s Mad Bulldog Hot Chicken in Pico-Robertson. This colorful strip mall spot has Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches, garlic butter crinkle fries, and popcorn chicken tossed in Korean sweet chili sauce.

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Oku-Niku Japanese BBQ

Oku-Niku is a new Japanese BBQ spot in Burbank that also happens to serve sushi: You’ll see lots of marbled meats on the menu, like kobe strip loin or prime short rib alongside baked crab hand rolls and spicy tuna crispy rice. If you want to do AYCE, they’ve also got a $75 dinner option that allows you to mix and match from both menus.

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Jaws Topokki

Jaws Topokki is a Korean street food chain with a menu that packs in more hashtags than an Instagram influencer post. Their signature spicy rice cakes are described as #chewy #spicy, while the topokki with a mozzarella swirl is a #cheesebomb. You can also mix and match your topokki order with #chewy Korean blood sausage, #flamebroiled bulgogi rice bowls, and #pork katsu gimbap.

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Mírate

The team behind Mírame in Beverly Hills has opened a new Loz Feliz restaurant called Mírate. Yes, their names only have a one-letter difference, but the new Eastside Mexican spot is more casual and has some noticeable Middle Eastern touches on the menu. Expect octopus tacos arabes, lamb flautas with roasted eggplant and feta, and a spicy margarita with lacto-fermented chili paste to give it a chorizo-like kick. It's not the usual "smokiness" we go for in cocktails, but we'll take it.

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Chuncheon Dakgalbi

The word of the day at this Koreatown spot is always "chicken." Chuncheon Dakgalbi knows its way around poultry and serves everything from chicken galbi to spicy boneless chicken feet to baskets of golden fried chicken skin. If you're looking for something to break up your various chicken courses, there's also a fancy kimchi fried rice topped with a golden yolk for presentation points.

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Leona's Sushi House

Leona's Sushi House in Studio City has a lot going on. The upscale Japanese Peruvian spot serves everything from sashimi and handrolls to ceviche and tiraditos to an Italian fusion menu featuring an udon carbonara. It also has a beautiful outdoor patio covered in white marble that looks like a fancy Italian furniture store, or maybe just a chic lounge where you can enjoy yellowtail tiraditos and a yuzu-mezcal cocktail. 

We recently professed our love for Banana Leaf and its 13 kinds of biriyani in our Best Restaurants in Culver City guide, and now you can find those same dishes at their new location in DTLA. The South Indian spot just south of Chinatown features dishes like goat sukka, mango dal, and stuffed tindora, plus their spicy, fragrant Chicken 65 biriyani, which warrants a visit by itself.

The owners of WeHo's now-closed FUBAR have opened Schmitty's Bar, an old-school-looking neighborhood dive with string lights, vintage FUBAR memorabilia, and a vinyl collection on display behind the bar. There's also a spacious outdoor patio and spinning disco balls to set the party mood on weekend nights.

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Pitfire Pizza

Pitfire Pizza is a bonafide local chain with seven locations across SoCal including this latest opening in Woodland Hills. And like most chains, Pitfire's new location is perfect for big groups in a pinch: there's nearly 7,000 square feet of space, a heated patio, and a dozen sourdough pizzas for every taste, from standard margheritas to folded pesto chicken pies. Also, the bar has an adult slushy program that reminds us of a Vegas pool party, even though you're drinking across from an Eddie Bauer outlet.

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La La Rice

La La Rice is a Thai strip mall spot in Sawtelle that seems to love a nice garnish. Their fresh coconuts are branded with their logo, dishes come plated on shiny banana leaves, and they use more edible orchids than an all-inclusive resort on Maui. The food includes traditional Thai dishes like drunken noodles and turmeric-stained khao mok gai, as well as more creative ones, like beef satay tacos and chicken wings coated in a larb-flavored glaze. 

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PZK BBQ

This futuristic-looking KBBQ spot in Beverly Grove is not somewhere you inhale $25 AYCE bulgogi. It's significantly pricier, and that's because everything on PZK's three pick-your-cut menus is prime grade. Ranging from $120 for two people to $250 for four, sets include marinated short rib, boneless ribeye, and ribbons of sliced brisket with beautiful marbling. There are a limited number of protein options to select from, but you're probably here for quality, not quantity.

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