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

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.

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.