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

Make Your Own Free-Form Herb Crackers

I have a confession to make: I spend a lot of time on the King Arthur Flour blog. I’ve found some fantastic recipes there; this one for Gourmet Soda Crackers, by PJ Hamel, was a springboard for both the recipe here, Free-Form Herb Crackers, and for Nacho Cheese Crackers. I designed the herb crackers to serve with cheese; the nacho cheese crackers were the result of a fantasy about merging Cheez-Its with jalapeño rings—sort of a high-low thing. I only wish all my obsessions made me as happy as they do. Here’s part one: READ MORE

We Checked Out Song, Night + Market’s Spin-Off in Silver Lake

Located in a Necco-pink building in the heart of Silver Lake, Song ("two" in Thai) is the latest venture from Chef Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market in West Hollywood. Food & Wine recently nominated Yenbamroong for People’s Best New Chef for California. He’s been the visionary behind LA's hottest Thai restaurant, praised by the likes of David Chang and René Redzepi. Hottest in the literal sense, too: The 31-year-old chef isn't afraid to bring the heat, especially in nam priks, relishes thick with chiles (even water bugs, if you happen to order the specialty nam prik maengda). READ MORE

Fifty Seven’s David Nayfeld on LA’s Best Low-Cost Eats

It’s no secret that downtown Los Angeles has evolved into a fine-dining hub, with restaurants Alma and Bestia as anchors. Tomorrow, March 27, the Arts District adds Fifty Seven, an upscale newcomer. Located in an old Heinz loading dock, the restaurant takes an unorthodox approach: short-term stints by a roster of chefs. The opening round features Bay Area native David Nayfeld, former senior sous-chef in New York at Michelin-rated Eleven Madison Park.In light of LA Weekly’s recent 99 Essential Restaurants 2014, I asked Chef Nayfeld to share his own short list of affordable LA essentials. READ MORE

LA Is Butter Town. Who Knew?

If you live in the City of Angels and butter is your vice of choice, listen up. CHOW readers have uncovered the top spots, from farmers’ markets to grocery stores to restaurants, to score a taste of high-quality butter in LA. READ MORE

Make Your Own Flour Tortillas

It was the mid-'90s; I was in a band. We all lived in San Francisco, in the Mission District. My bandmates and I, we’d eat in the same two taquerias almost every night, then head to the Toronado to drink beer until 2 a.m. When we did cook at home all I remember are my girlfriend Aurora’s perfect flour tortillas. In the past two weeks I’ve tried to re-create the flavor and texture of those tortillas four times. My first attempts were terrible: dry, brittle, not chewy the way I remember them. Then, Chowhound Antilope shared this recipe from Rick Bayless’s Mexico: One Plate at a Time. It’s really close to Aurora’s, a little bit of the '90s back in my kitchen. Thanks, Antilope! READ MORE

3 Party Salsas in 30 Minutes

I’m not a multitasker. Ordinarily, I never attempt more than two recipes at a time, because structure and planning just aren’t my strong suits. I spent last year cooking my way through most of Jamie Oliver’s 30-Minute Meals—almost all of them took me 1 1/2 hours. The only exception to my two-recipe rule is salsas. I have three go-to recipes, all different: avocado pico de gallo, mango salsa, and tomatillo guacamole. I make all three at the same time, production-line style—it’s as organized as I ever get in the kitchen. READ MORE

The Best Burgers in LA (OK, Technically Only Westside)

Greater LA offers up so many burgers you could eat a different one every day for three-plus years and still not manage to plow through every one.

With such an endless roster, it can be overwhelming to choose a burger binge spot. Luckily, this Chowhound discussion has made the hunt more manageable by narrowing the search to just the Westside. The list ranges from “classic hamburger stands” to “nouveau” and “restaurant” burgers. READ MORE

Curtis Stone Gets Killer Early Reviews for Maude

Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone, best known as the host on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, opened his very first restaurant in Beverly Hills last month.

Maude’s $75, nine-course prix-fixe menu is inspired by a single ingredient each month. The early word on Chowhound calls it a steal, considering the cost of other fine-dining tasting menus around town. READ MORE

We Tried Purple Donuts. How’s Your Day Going?

We read via the OC Register a couple weeks back that Friendly Donuts in Orange was frying up Fil-Am sinkers. The thing about these cake donuts is that they get their purple color not from food science, but from ube, or purple yam. It’s huge in the Philippines, and getting more common in California. Like my friend, the food blogger Jun Belen says, Filipinos love purple sweets. So do a lot of non-Filipinos, once they see how awesome ube sweets can be. I mean: purple cake. READ MORE

March Madness: Finding LA’s Best Pies

There aren’t enough days in the year to sample all of LA’s great pies, but Chowhounds are going to attempt the impossible in just the month of March, eating their way through slices of sweet and savory versions citywide—think Key lime pie, turkey pot pie, and chicken-bacon-mushroom hand pies. Get in your stretchy pants before you join this scrumptious scavenger hunt!