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10 new and notable restaurants in Santa Monica

If you're attempting to keep up with the restaurant scene in L.A., lately you may have found yourself eating a lot of dinners west of the 405 Freeway. That's because more and more of the ciy's restaurants are opening in Santa Monica, where the board shorts are plentiful and so is the avocado toast....

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      Blackhouse Hospitality to open Little Sister in DTLA and a steakhouse in Hermosa

      Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong of Blackhouse Hospitality, the folks behind Little Sister, Abigaile, Wildcraft and Dia de Campo, plan to open a second Little Sister in downtown L.A., as well as a steakhouse in Hermosa Beach next year.  The downtown outlet of Little Sister is slated to open late...

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      Four food and wine events: Bubbly, Bordeaux, white truffles and more

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      Five questions for Cadet chef Kris Tominaga

      Kris Tominaga is the executive chef at Cadet, a new French restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. He started his career in the culinary arts program at Boston University, then went on to work at L’Espalier in Boston with James Hackney. Tominaga moved to Los Angeles and worked as sous-chef...

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      Hostaria del Piccolo cooks an entirely black menu for Black Friday

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      After 18 years, JiRaffe is closing

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      New superfood cafes opening in L.A. area — with DIY porridge

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      Restaurant owner, parent company plead guilty in sale of whale meat

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      Kye's to open Wednesday in Santa Monica with gluten-free, super-food burritos

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      First look: French-inspired Cadet to open Saturday in Santa Monica

      Cadet, a new restaurant by Counter cofounder and Freddy Smalls owner Jeff Weinstein will open in Santa Monica Saturday. The new French countryside-inspired restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by Shack. 

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      Steak 'n Shake and Japadog to open in Santa Monica, Ice-Cream Lab in Pasadena

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      Where to find sherry at Los Angeles area restaurants and wine shops

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