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15 Delicious Food And Drink Picks Every Angeleno Should Consider For This August

August 2, 2015 by Christina Champlin

Not only do we love finding things to do in Los Angeles, but we’re constantly trying new places to eat as well.

That said, we’re putting together a weekly monthly listing of some of the best new spots, special menus and awesome deals that you just might want to keep on your radar as you continue a culinary exploration of the city of angels.

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This month’s top picks include a Filipino rice bar, churro ice cream sandwiches, a coastal take on the Chile Relleno and a few options on how to celebrate National S’mores Day!

As always, hope this month’s rundown helps inspire to you try something new.

Bon appetit!

New To Los Angeles

1. Cassia

Brynt Ng’s Spice Table closed in Downtown almost two years ago to make way for a Metro station in Little Tokyo (and with little to no word about a relocation of the beloved restaurant). This month comes good news with the opening of Cassia Ng and his wife Kim’s new restaurant in partnership with Rustic Canyon’s Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan. Inspired by the Southeast Asian cuisine of Ng’s background and French style brassieres of the west this marriage between cuisine and partnerships is one of the best seen this year.

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2. Maradentro

This seafood driven eatery in Studio City has quickly become one of the busiest restaurants on Venture Boulevards restaurant row. From the folks behind Mercado and Yxta Cocina, Maradentro’s menu is inspired heavily on the rich flavors of Mexican’s coastal cuisine. Their signature seafood dish the Chile Relleno de Siete Mares is a unique interpretation on a traditional dish, where the poblano chili (unstuffed) is submerged in a savory broth made daily from fresh shellfish juices, tomatoes, onions and chilies served with a hearty helping of fish, calamari, mussels and octopus accompanied by spongy ciabatta bread.

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3. LEONA 

Top Chef Alum and Knife Fight winner Nyesha Arrington has opened her very first restaurant in Venice Beach. The California casual menu is driven by it’s focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients like the coctel mixto served with tomato-watermelon jus and crispy rice crackers. Another stand out dish is the brick chicken, cooked between crispy chicken skin and served with roasted apricots. For now there is only dinner service starting at 5 p.m. with lunch and brunch forthcoming.

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4. Herringbone

Chef Brian Malarkey’s acclaimed ocean-to-table concept, Herringbone, opens the doors of its new Santa Monica space this month. Inspired by the The Taste alum’s passion for expertly crafted coastal cuisine infused with seaside whimsy, the restaurant will feature dishes that evoke his signature “Fish Meats Field” philosophy alongside new, market-driven offerings from Chef de Cuisine Aaron Mitrano that are unique to its beachside locale. The menu will showcase sustainable, responsibly-sourced ingredients from ocean, ranch, and field, while also paying deference to the local bounty of Southern California. The new location will also have a Salt & Brine bar serving Pacific-bred oysters and prawns to octopus and uni alongside a complementary assortment of charcuterie.

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5. Philz Coffee Soft Opening 

On August 11th San Francisco based coffee shop Philz is having a public soft opening event for their new DTLA location from 11:00am to 3:00pm, they’ll be giving out FREE drinks and other tasty treats throughout. RSVP and more information is provided in the link below!

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6. Matcha Box

Los Angeles finally got it’s very own matcha bar on West Third Street! Sip on true ceremonial matcha or order an original green tea creation like The Empress prepared with lemon and muddled mint for a refreshing matcha experience. They do happy hour from 5:00pm to 6:00pm Monday through Thursdays where you can get any drink and two cookies for just $5.

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7. Naugles Reopens After 20 Years 

Naugles reopened in Fountain Valley on July 28th and what was originally a “soft opening” quickly escalated into a massive, happy crowd of people lining up to taste the beloved Mexican fast food joint for the first time since it’s merger with Del Taco in the 90’s. The food has since sold out for everyday it was opened and even closed it’s doors on July 31st. Your best bet is to follow the Naugles Facebook page for update on hours to make sure they haven’t run out of food for the day: facebook.com/groups/nauglesfans GOOD LUCK!

Location: 18471 Mt. Langley, Fountain Valley, CA

The Best Of The Month

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8. Clover Pops At Clover Juices 

A local, organic, cold-pressed alternative to a childhood icy treat, think otter pops but hold the artificial flavoring and chemicals we can’t pronounce. Flavors available in The Quench, Gold n’ Greens and Gingersnap.

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9. SpreadPB peanut Butter Bar

Create the peanut butter sandwich of your dreams at SpreadPB in Studio City. This includes selecting from a collection of delicious breads with blueberry being the most popular, awesome nut butters like maple bacon, dark chocolate and green curry and a variety of toppings that include shredded coconut, marshmallows and berries. If the pressure of creating a nutty sandwich is too much, pick from one of SpreadPB’s unique creations like The Elvis made with maple bacon PB, white or wheat bread,honey,bananas and bacon.

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10. Toca Madera Churro Ice Cream Sandwich 

The food is great at Toca Madera but the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich seems to be the dessert of the moment. A warm cinnamon and sugar churro is filled with dulce de leche ice cream and garnished with Mexican chocolate shavings and an edible flower. They even have a vegan churro batter and vegan ice cream version, so everybody wins!

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11. A Global Guest Bartender Series At Frankie’s Private Bar Curated By E.P. & L.P.

E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood is launching a new monthly guest bartender series at Frankie’s Private Bar within the L.P. Rooftop space. The lineup is an arsenal of top-tier mixologists from across the globe from Miami to Sweden. Each event will showcase the popular cocktail trends in different parts of the world. The first event to kick off on August 10th will feature guest bartenders Paul McGee and Erin Hayes from Lost Lake Chicago, a tropical cocktail bar leading the tiki revival in the Windy City. Guests can soak in the picturesque view of the Hollywood Hills while sipping on exotic summertime drinks for $8 a pop.

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12. Providence 10th Anniversary Guest Chef Dinner

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Providence, Michael Cimarusti and managing partner Donato Poto have invited some friends from across the country for a special guest chef series, which kicks off on August 18th with a couple of Californians; Suzanne Goin and Dominique Crenn. Goin is co-owner and chef of L.A.’s Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern and the Larders. Crenn is a Michelin-star winning chef from Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn (set to open this year) in San Francisco. The two will collaborate on a seven-course menu with Cimarusti for one very special dinner. Tickets for each dinner series is priced at $225 per person.

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13. Rice Bar

Rice bar can easily convert the anti carb heads with their pork longganisa a house made sweet and spicy pork sausage alone. The concept to Rice Bar is simple, you choose a rice, a ulam (flavor) and finish with sarsa (condiments) kind of like a Pinoy version of a Chipotle. The Filipino bar adds a nice touch by serving only gluten free, fair trade heirloom rice sourced from the Philippines and Thailand.

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Celebrating National S’mores Day On August 10th! 

Yup, this gooey campfire treat has it’s own national day. Here are some unique ways to celebrate!

14. Sushi Roku West Hollywood

The Zen S’mores is a green tea, chocolate truffles, marshmallow cream, and crushed graham cracker creation, a Japanese spin on the American treat.

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15. BOA Steakhouse West Hollywood And Santa Monica

S’mores 5.0 is a rich flour-less chocolate cake with toasted vanilla “fluff”, milk chocolate ice cream, and gluten free BOA graham crackers.

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Where are you looking forward to eating this August? Let us know in the comments below!

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