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5 September openings you should know about right now

Published On 09/30/2013 Published On 09/30/2013
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1. Rao's 1006 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The New York bastion of Italian awesomeness gets imported to Hollywood, where Angelenos can nosh on tasty dishes like juicy meatballs and a veal chop w/ hot and sweet chili peppers.

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2. La Dolce Vita 9785 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90210

This glammed-up version of the original LDV serves classic Italian dishes, like shrimp fra diavolo

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3. Mercado 7910 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Since opening its first location in Santa Monica, this upscale Mexican eatery has expanded across LA with a second location downtown (and another in Hollywood). Mercado delivers quintessential small and large plates alongside a lengthy cocktail menu in a casual space decked out with colorful artwork. Expect homestyle eats like enchiladas with mole sauce, slow-cooked carnitas, and solid guacamole. More than 70 tequila options will have you beelining for the open air bar.

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4. TLTFood 1116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90024

The Westwood taco spot expands to Downtown, with the added bonus of drinks and weekend brunch.

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5. Hakkasan Beverly Hills 233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The glittery Beverly Hills outpost of this high-end Chinese chain offers up the likes of smoking Negronis, fancy dim sum, and desserts styled after terrariums.