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

LA Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast, Oh My!

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.

Early Report: The Wallace

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.

Early Report: Kokio Chicken

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.

Where to Buy Spices in Bulk in LA

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.

What to Order at the Musso & Frank Grill

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.

Chowhound Find: Crème Caramel LA

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.

More Pizza to Love Near Abbot Kinney

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.

Corazon y Miel Pumps Up Bell

For seriously inspired Mexican eats—think avocado frito with mango and coconut, plus wild boar chilaquiles—bypass downtown and land at Bell’s Corazon y Miel, brought to you by Eduardo Ruiz, formerly of Animal. The bar program is just as interesting as the food menu, from the Borra-Chata (horchata spiked with rum) to the Salsa Verde, made with jalapeño-infused tequila, tomatillo, and more.

Meizhou Dongpo Opens in Century City

After much anticipation, Beijing-based Meizhou Dongpo has opened its doors in the Westfield Century City mall. Despite speculation that typical Sichuan spice levels are being tailored to the restaurant’s Westside audience, a tender pork hock and whole fish in tomato sauce have impressed early guests.

Where to Eat Persian Food in LA

Westwood is a treasure trove of incredible Persian eats, but Chowhounds have their favorite gems among the glitter and gold. Next time you're craving a serious lamb shank or tahdig (golden crusted rice), let 'hounds steer you in the right direction.