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5 Brand New Eateries to Check Out in Los Angeles This Week

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A Panda Express rival, cheap poke, and Aztec-inspired fare

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Here now, Eater LA compiles some of the more notable openings scattered throughout Los Angeles. Every week we'll be tackling new places to check out in various neighborhoods. Any new spots that we might've missed? Hit the tipline.

November 30, 2016:

Downtown— A new breakfast and lunch spot has opened in South Park. Dubbed Hill Grill, the very casual American eatery slings everything from breakfast burritos to salads to burgers and hot dogs. 1061 Hill St, Los Angeles

Koreatown— A new week, a new poke bar opening in Los Angeles. This time it's Wai Poke, what seems like a decent Koreatown strip mall spot. With three proteins for around $10 and complimentary water, coffee, and miso soup, it's certainly one of the more affordable options in town. 3450 W 6th St Ste 107, Los Angeles

DowntownChiguacle Sabor Ancestral de Mexico has opened on Paseo de La Plaza at the entrance of Olvera Street. The menu here is inspired by Aztec fare, with a selection of moles and dishes like cochinita pibil and pellizcadas, a sope-like appetizer. 103 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles

Downtown— Giving Panda Express a run for its money is Wokcano Asian Grill. Not to be confused with the sit-down chain restaurant, Wokcano Asian Grill is a counter-service Pan-Asian restaurant serving Chinese fusion, poke, and affordable combo plates very much in the style of Panda. Adding more fuel to the fire is the fact that the restaurant's direct competitor is located right next door on un USC's restaurant row. May the best orange chicken reign supreme. 2904 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

Hollywood— Talk about seriously gorgeous. Bolta new coffee shop on Hollywood Boulevard, is currently soft open in Thai Town. The beautiful space features soaring ceilings, breakfast burritos, house made pastries, and a straightforward coffee menu. 5648 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

[Photo: Yelp]

November 23, 2016:

Hollywood— It isn't particularly easy to find Chicago-style pizza in Los Angeles, but a new retailer, Climax Pizza & Pasta, has opened in a strip mall in Hollywood with a variety of deep-dish pizza options. Beyond Italian American classics like chicken parm and fettuccine alfredo, there's even a full Halal menu to boot. 1075 N Western Ave Ste 105, Los Angeles

Eagle Rock— It wouldn't be a new eateries post without the requisite poke shop. This week it's All About Pokeanother build-your-own poke spot that has opened on Colorado Boulevard. 1916 Colorado Blvd Ste B, Los Angeles

North Hollywood— Another contender for best restaurant name in Los Angeles is North Hollywood's new Kabob & Mexican Food. If you couldn't guess, the little retailer hawks just about everything you could possibly crave, from $4.95 lunch plates of shish kabob to hot wings to donuts to fresh juice to, of course, Mexican food. 6506 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles

North Hollywood— It's been a while since a juice bar has opened in LA. Breaking the dry spell is Greenhouse Juice Bar, a sort of healthy eating mecca with juices, smoothies, and you guessed it, acai bowls. 5235 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles

Chinatown— Located in the heart of Chinatown is Taiwanese tea shop Bubble U. The quaint retailer offers everything from bubble tea to popcorn chicken to braised pork bento boxes. 843 N Broadway, Los Angeles

November 16, 2016:

The Valley— Has there ever been a more epic restaurant name than Super Ninja Japanese Sushi Cuisine? The new Sherman Oaks raw fish specialist by, according to Yelp, legendary Valley sushi chef duo Julio and Jose is slicing and dicing raw finish into a variety of over-the-top rolls and more subdued nigiri. 12913 Sherman Way, Los Angeles

Koreatown—Taking the place of the former Hengwoon Sul Lung Tang is Amar Desh Indian Cuisine, a far departure from the Korean beef soup specialist. The building's new tenant that promises fare that is "made the best way ever." Now that's a lofty promise, but this strip mall joint certainly has potential to be a hidden gem for biriyani and tandoori. 2411 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

DowntownEl Patroncito Mexican Cuisine has opened in the northeastern corner of the 10 and 110. It's a convenient stop near the Staples Center for everything from breakfast plates to tacos to meaty molcajetes. 421 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles

Mid-Wilshire— Need a little more soul food in your life? Stevie's Creole Cafe has opened with po' boys, mac 'n' cheese, and gumbo galore. 5545 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles

South LA— Los Angeles is fast becoming a fried chicken town, what with the huge boon of outstanding fried poultry retailers from Howlin' Ray's to Gus's. The next entrant is Angry Chicken, a Korean and classic fried chicken mashup. Expect chicken wings in sauces that range from garlic to Korean-style alongside spicy Korean pork and even fried cheese. With bowls priced at $6 including a soda, that's really dining on a dime. 1275 S Bronson Ave, Los Angeles

November 7, 2016:

Baldwin Hills Last year we reported that Michelle's Country Diner would be headed to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping center. Well, the sister restaurant of Culver City's S&W Country Diner has finally opened, joining neighboring restaurants Post & Beam and Jaime Martín del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu's Jonathan Gold-approved Mexicano. Think a menu of straightforward American fare that is offered from breakfast until dinner. 4070 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Los Angeles has no lack of outstanding Thai cuisine, but now Koreatown has a new Thai competitor to its name. Mali Thai Street Food has opened right on Wilshire with a selection of sub $10 dishes like Hainan chicken, stewed pork leg, and, of course, pad thai. The sleek new space should be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. 3446 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Downtown— Miracle Mile's Yuko Kitchen has opened its second location Downtown on 5th and Main. Expect the same rolls, rice bowls, and Japanese snacks that Mid-City denizens have come to love. The added upgrade here? A full liquor license with daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. 101 West 5th St, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Yet another new opening in Koreatown, Kimuro is a sushi restaurant located next to Kobawoo that offers a massive selection of rolls and a novel build-your-own hand roll offering. There's even ramen and udon to round it all out. 698 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

East Hollywood— Filipino fare has become a full blown phenomenon here in Los Angeles, with new restaurants dedicated to the under-served cuisine popping up faster than ever. The newest entrant is Lutong Bahay, a counter service restaurant and grocery story that already has locations in Eagle Rock and Norwalk. Expect a wide variety of favorites like kare kare, fried fish, adobo, and lechon. 1001 North Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

October 26, 2016:

North Hollywood— Make-your-own pizza shops in the vein of 800 Degrees and Blaze Pizza have spread like wildfire across Los Angeles. A new entrant to the game is The Pizza Press, which opened its newest outlet in North Hollywood on Lankershim. It's the same DIY deal here, but with craft beer and ice cream to differentiate it from the rest. 5077 Lankershim Blvd #A, Los Angeles

Venice— There aren't that many German restaurants in Los Angeles, but now the tourist hub that is the Venice Boardwalk has one to its name. Wurst City, a take out window right on Ocean Front Walk, has opened with, as its name would suggest, plenty of Germany's favorite snack food. There's all the currywurst and bratwurst you could hope for, with Philly cheese steaks and fries to boot. 1425 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles

South LA— Beloved South LA restaurant Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen has opened its second location in the area, this one on Century Boulevard. Expect the same menu of comfort fare, that is fried or smothered chicken, ox tails, and pork chops. 1714 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles

Sawtelle— Do you love popcorn chicken? The answer is probably yes, as it's easy to love the fried Taiwanese snack food. Luckily a specialist of the stuff has opened right on Sawtelle, the aptly named Popcorn Chicken. Expect other Taiwanese dishes like pork chops and Taiwanese sausage as well. 2224 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Is there a better named restaurant in LA than Koreatown's new restaurant Roll Call? Probably not, as this restaurant has the potential to be the new hot spot for affordable sushi and beer in sleek digs, not to mention happy hour from 6 to 9 p.m. 3183 Wilshire Blvd Ste 186, Los Angeles

October 19, 2016:

KoreatownLongtime Filipino restaurant Neri's has moved to a new home in Koreatown. Now fully set up on Wilshire and Alexandria, the thirty-year-old restaurant is slinging all-day breakfast items like tocino and longanisa on top of favorites lumpia, adobo, and sisig. 3377 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles

Elysian Park— Next to Dodger Stadium is new quizzically named food stand Smoakin Stuff. The no-frills institution offers a very tight menu with items like the "bacon hater" and peanut butter and jelly smoked burgers. Yum? 725 Coronel St, Los Angeles

Hollywood— There's never enough Greek food in LA, and now Hollywood denizens have a fast casual option to call their own. Located on Yucca between Cahuenga and Vine is Good Greek Grill, which has potential to be the next go-to option in the area for gyros and plenty of tzatziki to go with it. 6363 Yucca St, Los Angeles

Westwood— Looking for a new deli? UCLA students can rejoice in Smith & Cohen, a New York-style deli with lots of flat screens for sports-watching needs. Cue pastrami cravings. 10351 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles

Encino— Valley residents have a sleek to pho retailer in Pho Rider, a Vietnamese restaurant that hawks everything from beef, oxtail, and seafood versions of the soup to pan Asian dishes like bao and the restaurant's signature Rider Fries. 15608 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles

October 12, 2016:

Sherman Oaks—The Valley has no dearth of outstanding Middle Eastern restaurants, but a new contender, Sababa Kosher Grill, aims to make a name for itself out of a Ventura Boulevard strip mall. There's shnitzel, shirazi salad, hummus, and just about everything else you need to fulfill Israeli cravings. 15030 Ventura Blvd Ste 16, Los Angeles

University Park— Located right next to USC is neighborhood eatery Bird's Nest Cafe. The casual restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (with an early close on Sundays), which makes it a go-to all-day kind of spot, with everything from breakfast burritos to adorable mini pancakes to a plethora of burgers. 2403 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

Fairfax— Taking over the former Bugatta Supperclub is Sandbox Eat-Drink-Play. As the name would suggest, this arcade/restaurant mash up a la Button Mash offers games like skee ball and ping pong to go alongside bar fare and cocktails liked spiked cereal milk (Nighthawk rip off, much?). 7174 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

Beverly Grove— Located right across from the Instagram-friendly pink Paul Smith wall is Carrera Cafe, a new coffee shop that fits right in to its ultra hip surrounds. As the name would suggest, the marble-adorned shop gives off chic Italian vibes alongside its printed lattes and light salad and sandwich fare.

[Photo: Alex I/Yelp]

The Valley— Ramen craze won't stop in Los Angeles, and the newest shop to open, Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop, is vegan like Grand Central Market's Ramen Hood. Beyond the rich, mushroom-based broth soup with outlandish flavors like pineapple, there's bibimbap, vegetable plates, and Japanese curry. 4147 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles

October 5, 2016:

Koreatown— Have you tried kimbap, a sort of Korean take on sushi that typically substitutes raw fish for vegetables or meat, yet? The popular Korean snack food has yet to make waves in LA as of yet, but a new Koreatown restaurant, aptly named The Kimbap, aims to change that. Think varieties that range from spicy pork to fried shrimp, alongside non-seaweed and rice roll dishes like noodles and tteokbokki. 400 S Western Ave Ste 102, Los Angeles

Highland Park—  It seems as if all the cool new restaurants and bakeries are heading to the Eastside, with Jane being the newest eatery to set up shop in Highland Park. The adorable converted bungalow is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which means it's a kind of breakfast and lunch-type spot with salads, egg dishes, coffee, and the ever-so-trendy kimchi fried rice. 5830 York Blvd, Los Angeles

Chinatown— With Pok Pok Phat Thai down for the count in Chinatown, it's nice to know that a new casual Thai noodle contender has stepped up to take its place. Located in Alpine Plaza, Noodles Time offers a wide variety of wet and dry Thai noodle dishes alongside a few Japanese noodle offerings like ramen and udon to assure there's a little something for everyone. 211 Alpine St, Los Angeles

Westchester— Flying out of LAX? A new cute little cafe and bakery, cafe solar, has opened just blocks from the airport. With kombucha on tap, baked goods, sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, and plenty of indoor/outdoor seating, it should be a reliable stop for a quick meal on the go. 6224 West Manchester Ave, Los Angeles

KoreatownTokyo Hamburg, a casual Japanese cafe and dessert shop, has opened in Koreatown. The restaurant specializes in its eponymous dish, which apparently is a marinated disk of beef and vegetables topped with grilled onion. Alonside the sort of bun-less hamburger is mille-feuille katsu, udon, Japanese milky sodas, and tons of dessert options. 600 S New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles

September 29, 2016:

East Hollywood— Finally the Eastside has a build-your-own bibimbap, or Korean rice bowl, restaurant. This one, Roasted Sesame Kitchen, is the work of cookbook author Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee and Angela Bong-ah Lee, and is located in the Union Discount Swap Meet. Select a base, protein, and toppings for a nice well-rounded lunch. 4632 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 16, Los Angeles

The Valley—The Valley already has a wealth of amazing Middle Eastern options, but a new shop, Manna, has opened with a bang with what is apparently some outstanding falafel, shakshouka, and warm customer service. 1110 S Western Ave Ste 101, Los Angeles

Larchmont— On the border of Larchmont and Koreatown is a new Korean pub named Shot of Soju. And with a name like that, it's no surprised that the menu is focused on bar foods like spicy chicken and Korean fried bites. 379 N Western Ave, Los Angeles

University Park— It wouldn't be a new restaurant openings post without the weekly poke spot. This time it's Poke by Hawaii, a new shop that goes beyond the build-your-own model with offerings like hot poke and poke wraps. With pre-marinated fish for deeper flavor, it sounds like Poke by Hawaii is becoming a fast favorite of USC students2516 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

East Hollywood— There's never enough Hawaiian barbecue in LA. Luckily a meaty contender has opened in East Hollywood off of Fountain. Kukui Hut Cafe offers the requisite kalua pork, loco moco, shaved iced, and even taro pancakes. 1308 N Edgemont St, Los Angeles

September 21, 2016:

Little Tokyo— This week's poke opening is Poke Express by Japanese restaurant group Honda-Ya. With a sleek interior, affordable price ($8.50 for three proteins), and complimentary tea, this one might actually be worth checking out. 316 E 2nd St, Los Angeles

Downtown— At the southernmost edge of Downtown is Steven's Deli, a quaint little sandwich and burger shop right off the 10. Think items like Cajun chicken fajita sandwiches, Thai beef sandwiches, and breakfast items to boot. 2232 Enterprise St, Los Angeles

Hollywood— Taking over the former (and supposed Night Market rip off) Khao Soi is Mama Chela's, an adorable Mexican restaurant right next to Tommy's. The simple menu includes burritos, tortas, mulitas, sopes, plates, and $1.90 tacos with a selection of meats. Really though, how cute is that design? 5907 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

Chinatown— If you're in Chinatown and absolutely can't bear to wait in the seemingly ever-growing Howlin' Ray's line, now there's Wings 'N Fish to satisfy fried chicken cravings. The aptly named restaurant hawks chicken wings, chicken tenders, fish tacos, and boba, so there's a little something for all. 304 Ord St, Los Angeles

Northridge— Exciting news for Valley denizens. Papillion International Bakery has expanded its empire that includes Hollywood, Glendale, and North Hollywood to Northridge. Fill up on savory perashki or empanadas before diving into the signature nutella ponchiks. Yum. 17305 Roscoe Blvd, Los Angeles

September 14, 2016:

Little Tokyo— A new casual Filipino restaurant has opened as of late August in the heart of Little Tokyo called Pili Manila Grill. Soft open at the moment with lunch time hours starting at 10 a.m., the menu offers barbecue pork, bistek, chicken adobo, and pili spaghetti along with lumpia and halo halo all at very affordable prices. 201 N Los Angeles St Ste 103

Around Town— Arepas have hit the streets with Sus Arepas, a food truck featuring the popular Venezuelan/Colombian snack. Think bun-like sandwiches stuffed with roasted pork, chicken and avocado, and scrambled eggs with tomatoes. Check their Facebook page for their latest location postings.

Koreatown— Looking for a quick lunch on the go? Look no further than The Bento Place, which offers reasonably priced fish egg and sushi bowls for under $10. Think of the place a bit like an Asian version of Everytable, that prepared-food eatery in South LA. The best part? It's 50% off from the latest hours of 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1110 S. Western Avenue

Rancho Park— Affordable, customizable pasta just might be the next thing to get Chipotle-fied in L.A. Z Pastabar basically offers a selection of dry pastas that you then build on with vegetables, proteins, and more, all at around $10-12. If you can't decide what you want, there are some pre-determined pastas like the French Connection, with rigatoni, steak, and a green peppercorn sauce binding it together. 10800 Pico Blvd.

Downtown— An artisanal ice cream shop called Gresescent has opened in the South Park neighborhood with creative flavors, waffle bowls, and a clean white interior. The flavors run the gamut from blackberry mint mojito to grilled pineapple bourbon. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 850 S. Olive St.

September 7, 2016:

Koreatown— Here's an interesting opening in Koreatown. The Nak Gi, located on 4th and Western, specializes in spicy stir fried baby octopus that is meant to be eaten with rice and bean sprouts. Word to the wise here, this restaurant doesn't play around with spice, so those with more delicate palates should beware. 356 S Western Ave 203-204, Los Angeles

Highland Park— Opening up with some pretty high praise is China In The Box, what some are describing as an upgraded Panda Express. Expect all the Chinese American favorite dishes like orange chicken and kung pao beef, with lunch specials that are served with chow mein, fried rice, and a vegetable egg roll. 5528 York Blvd, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Another opening in Koreatown, Naemamdu Mandu, a little Korean dumpling counter, has opened in Zion Market. The steamed or fried mandu come in beef, kimchi, vegetable, and red bean offerings with prices that float around 7 bucks. Not a bad way to dine on a dime. 3500 W 6th St, Los Angeles

Beverly Grove— Breaking out of the hub of hookah lounges in Westwood is Habibi Cafe on Doheny near Burton Way. This is the place to nibble on Middle Eastern bites while taking in some hookah in loungey digs. Beware of high per person minimums. 300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles

Inglewood— Specializing in the delicacies of the sea is Wood'z Seafood. There's an assortment of grilled and fried fish and shrimp, but what's really astounding are the super affordable prices. Think $7.50 lunch specials that include two pieces of fish, six shrimp, and a side. 214 E Nutwood St, Inglewood