Restaurant recommendations, new openings, and highlights from the LA Chowhound community.
Chowhound member wasabica likes a good order of kitfo, a traditional Ethiopian dish made with raw beef and spices that pack a punch. Among the LA shops serving up authentic batches are Ibex in Inglewood and Rosalind’s in Little Ethiopia.
A fifth installment of New Moon Café has risen in the FIGat7th food court, and Chowhound Chandavkl is partial to fried dumplings stuffed with ground chicken (pictured), freshly made with thick, round wonton wrappers.
From the creators of Claremont’s beloved Cheese Cave comes DTLA Cheese, a cut-to-order queso counter in the popular Grand Central Market. Choose from an expertly curated selection of cheeses, or try the salami and Manchego sandwich with cheesy potatoes on the side.
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.
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 oysters paired with mignonette and ponzu.
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 taste test. As usual, the goods take time—call ahead for takeout if you're in a hurry.
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.
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 Aldous Huxley. What to order when you're seated in a leather booth once warmed by Raymond Chandler? Chowhounds are happy to help.
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 worth a trek to the San Fernando Valley.
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” options, savory tarts, salads, and cheese on the menu. Expect a slightly thicker dough with great chew.