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MOVING BACK TO LA: What's new?

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I'm moving back to LA after a year's absence. I'm so excited to see what's new - I've been prowling the boards for a couple of weeks now catching snippets here and there. What's happened in the last year? Tell me all about what's new!

I'll be living in the Eagle Rock area, so anything from Hollywood to Pasadena to downtown would be lovely. I'll go out to the water on the weekends (especially for a tasting menu).

Sacramento has been bleak with a few bright points (The Kitchen, Mulvaneys B&L). No Philippes. No Providence. No bacon-wrapped street dogs at 2 a.m.

I am craving the izakaya house on 2nd in Japantown so badly.

Hope all is well, hounds.

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  1. You'll be happy to know Palate Food & Wine, one of the most popular of the new places, is not far from you in Glendale.
    In Eagle Rock, don't know if Larkin's was open when you left. Brownstone Pizza on Colorado is pretty good. Did you get to the Oinkster before you left? Also around that area are the York gastropub and the Verdugo in Glassell Park, a great place for obscure beer (in an obsure place).
    Around Echo Park/Silver Lake/Los Feliz there's lots of new places: 15, the Park, Lot 1, Sgt. Recruiter (next to Cobras and Matadors). The most interesting place in that area for me right now is Lamill Coffee, which also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Several new places in Montrose too -- Bashan is very nice but pricey, also Three Drunken Goats and something I'm forgetting.
    There's tons of new places Downtown and in Hollywood but nothing that you need to rush right out to, at least until after you've been to Palate and Lamill.