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

Santa Monica’s Throwdown Sandwich

We're just two months into 2014, but one Chowhound has already declared this the sandwich of the year: porchetta on toasted rye, made at A Cut Above Butcher Shop in Santa Monica. Beyond sandwiches, chef/owner Eddy Shin is offering meat-market fare such as grass-fed rib-eye, head cheese, and pâtés.

Chowhounds Rank Omakase Options in LA

Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine is “laid back perfection” to 'hound Ciao Bob, while the chef’s choice at Urasawa is sublime in dndicicco’s eyes. Depending on the depth of your wallet, there’s a boatload of quality counters for outstanding omakase in LA—let the experts on Chowhound steer you in the right direction.

Early Report on Whiz, Cheesesteaks-Plus in Koreatown

The team behind Koreatown’s Beer Belly is known for comfort-food indulgences like duck-fat fries and buttermilk fried chicken. Now they’ve brought their talents to the sandwich game with Whiz, a new shop that touts Philly cheesesteaks, hot and cold sandwiches, wings, and burgers.

Brazilian BBQ in Torrance Is Still on Fire

Torrance’s By Brazil has been filling bellies with authentic Brazilian barbecue and other dishes for more than twenty years. Stop in for feijoada or smoked short ribs, two offerings among many at the all-you-can-eat buffet.

Best Mexican Food Near Malibu?

After hours in the surf—or in the car—a meal at a coastal taqueria can wash away any ills. Share your favorite beachside Mexican joint on Chowhound, or get an idea from beach bums in the know.

Standout Sushi in West LA

At the easily overlooked Sushi Central in Palms, the talent in the kitchen comes through in every bite, from the ono, treated deftly with a crème brulee torch, to the sweet and creamy uni. Chowhounds recommend visiting for a leisurely omakase meal, priced at around $90 per person.

Late-Night Donuts in West Hollywood

Cremesicle, carrot cake pineapple, and bourbon pecan pie (pictured) are some of the wild donut options at Glazed Donut Bistro, West Hollywood’s newest late-night sweet stop (open until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Eye-catching savory offerings include fried chicken beignets and a Monte Cristo wrapped in donut dough.

Barbershop Ristorante, LA’s Modernist Italian Pop-Up

Barbershop Ristorante, the pop-up Italian kitchen from Chef Walter el Nagar, most recently made its home at The Farmer’s Kitchen in Hollywood. Classic dishes get a modern, molecular twist here, from ink pasta with lemon foam to prawn with powdered olive oil. Follow the team on Twitter for updates on where they’ll show up next.

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.