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

The Best DineLA Deals, Winter 2014 Edition

Chowhound chrishei once again took on the task of sifting through the most recent DineLA menu offerings, outlining great meal combinations at participating restaurants and calculating the savings eaters can pocket at each one. Join the fun through January 31.

Where to Eat Kitfo in LA

Chowhound member wasabica likes a good order of kitfo, a traditional Ethiopian dish made with raw beef and spices that pack a punch. Among the LA shops serving up authentic batches are Ibex in Inglewood and Rosalind’s in Little Ethiopia.

Early Report: New Moon in FIGat7th

A fifth installment of New Moon Café has risen in the FIGat7th food court, and Chowhound Chandavkl is partial to fried dumplings stuffed with ground chicken (pictured), freshly made with thick, round wonton wrappers.

Another Grand Central Market Hit: DTLA Cheese

From the creators of Claremont’s beloved Cheese Cave comes DTLA Cheese, a cut-to-order queso counter in the popular Grand Central Market. Choose from an expertly curated selection of cheeses, or try the salami and Manchego sandwich with cheesy potatoes on the side.

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.