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The Best Los Angeles Chowhound Finds of 2013

This year, diligent Chowhounds overturned rocks and pulled back curtains in search of excellent yet unknown kitchens in the Los Angeles area. Here are 10 diverse finds from 2013, in alphabetical order. READ MORE

Top 10 Los Angeles Restaurant Openings of 2013

Top 10 Los Angeles Restaurant Openings of 2013 Handmade pastas, po’ boys brimming with catfish, and inventive omakase menus are just some of the offerings that brought LA-area Chowhounds to their feet in 2013. In alphabetical order, here are Chowhound picks for the year’s best openings. READ MORE

Samosa House West Heats Up

After recent changes to the kitchen staff, Samosa House West should be back on your culinary must-visit map, according to Chowhound Moomin. While steam tray items like jackfruit and cauliflower pakora are still available, there’s now a prominently posted chaat menu offering freshly made street snacks like dabeli and Dahi puri.

Two Chowhound Finds in Simi Valley

Chowhound member SIMIHOUND is thrilled with two winning diners in a Simi Valley shopping plaza: Burger Express Fresh Mexican Grill, and Ferretiz Grill and Cafe. The menu at the former is as bulky as the restaurant’s name, with breakfast plates, sandwiches, and a serious list of Mexican entrées like chile Colorado and sopes. At Ferretiz Grill and Cafe, it’s the breakfast menu that’s extensive. Start with a homemade biscuit and then go where the wind takes you, be it a short stack or the Frisco Burger on Texas cheese toast.

The Royce Revs Up Pasadena

The Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena lures guests with beautiful suites and lush grounds, and the well-executed eats at The Royce sweeten the pot even more. The restaurant specializes in meats grilled over white oak—consider the hanger steak with chimichurri or the sirloin with Béarnaise—but other dishes hit the mark as well, including the lobster bisque and warm kale salad.

Ricky’s Fish Tacos Returns to Hollywood

After having his Hollywood parking-lot tent shut down earlier this year, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos lit up his fry pans in a Chinatown parking lot, and local fans were grateful for his determination. Now news comes that Piña has upgraded to a food truck, and the vehicle will serve its inaugural taco this week on Virgil Avenue, right where it all began.

Where to Eat Along the Metro Gold Line

For years, Chowhounds familiar with the Metro Gold Line have swapped ideas on great food and drink within walking distance of the train. A hop-off/hop-on progressive meal might include a beer from Lucky Baldwins near the Memorial Park stop; a savory hand pie from The Pie Hole, close to the Little Tokyo station; and ceviche and shrimp empanadas from El Sarape, near the Soto stop.

Early Report: Sherman Oaks’ Ramen by Omae

Michelin-recognized chef Takeshi Omae has opened his first restaurant in the States. The blessed landing place? Sherman Oaks. Ramen by Omae boils its tonkotsu broth for 40 hours; choose from original, burnt kogashi miso, and veggie tomato broth flavors. To start, order the teba gyoza, chicken wings hand-stuffed with gyoza filling.

Where to Buy Blue Bottle Coffee Beans in LA

Blue Bottle Coffee is set to open up shop in the Los Angeles area next year, but until then fans of the Oakland-based coffee roaster are buying Blue Bottle beans for home use at storefronts around town, including Barista Society downtown and Angela’s Coffee in West Hollywood.

Chowhound Find: British Indian Eats at Hot Red Bus

Hot Red Bus sells British Indian eats in Alhambra, and the fish steals the show with its light and crispy batter and juiciness. Top your chips with lamb-and-beef doner, and sample the onion bhajis (or fritters) while you’re there.