Jeff Miller
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Say Fish Taco
Natalie M. Woyshner
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1. Cofax Coffee Shop 440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Although Cofax began as a coffee shop, it quickly became a big name in the donut game when it hired a next-level pastry chef, who's churning out creative flavors like honey sea salt, lemon pistachio, and spiced crumb.

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2. The Flyin' Jalapeño 83 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The Flyin' Jalapeño, a block away from the beach, is a choose-your-own-adventure Mexican joint à la C(fill up a burrito, taco, bowl, nachos, or salad with your choice of toppings) that keeps their prices low, introduces some amped-up flavors, and ditches the long line of the popular chains.

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3. MexiKosher 8832 W Pico, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Just now open on Pico (duh), MexiKosher's exactly what it sounds like: a fantastic pun, and also a traditional Mexican restaurant employing all-Kosher preparations overseen by a chef who's done time at Maestro's and Bastide, and is now feeding it to you in a small, casual room with one side constructed of (and apparently this is legal) stones from Jerusalem’s holy Western Wall, aka the row of Tercels blocking you from getting to Vermont.