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

LA’s Best Dive Bars

Certain occasions call for drinks in a cavernous, slightly seedy bar, and Southland residents have plenty of such watering holes to choose from. In some, beer prices are as low as the lights and frozen burritos popped in the microwave count as dinner.

Boneyard Bistro Still Digging Deep

Boneyard Bistro is holding its own in Sherman Oaks, with top-notch barbecued brisket and a serious list of stout beers, plus Pliny the Elder on tap. Prices are higher than those at neighboring kitchens, but the variety and quality keep Chowhound member fishyak coming back again and again.

Early Report: The Chicken and Rice Truck

Missing the street meat you scarfed down during that last trip to New York? Get in line at Chicken and Rice, LA’s newest food truck. The sidewalk eatery is serving up renditions of the Big Apple’s classic falafel, lamb, or chicken piled above seasoned rice. Find its location via Twitter.

Slow Southern Food at My Two Cents

“From the Soil to your Soul” is the tag line of My Two Cents, a kitchen on Pico Boulevard with a knack for Southern dishes and a notably friendly staff. The Creole shrimp and corn grits are hard to pass up on a first visit, but so is the fried chicken, and both are served with quinoa hush puppies and a side of your choice.

Where to Eat Beef Chow Fun in LA

According to Chowhound member K K, the ideal plate of chow fun has tender beef and fresh noodles tinged just the right shade of brown from their brief swim in soy sauce. Beyond that, personal preference prevails, from those who prefer a greasier order to diners who require the addition of chile sauce. What kitchen makes the best order of chow fun in LA? Weigh in on Chowhound.

Early Report: Cafe Röckenwagner in West LA

From pastry and bread master Hans Röckenwagner comes this eponymous new café, where seasonal dishes mingle with extraordinary desserts by pastry chef Cesar Bermudez. Early hits include the hearty vegetable soup made with market veggies, grilled octopus over Austrian red cabbage, and brick chicken with citrus mashed potatoes.

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.