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Pine & Crane
The food is so good, the restaurant is never this empty.

What?s more fun than discovering a new restaurant--especially one that?s right under your nose?

That?s the experience at Pine & Crane, a new Taiwanese-Chinese spot. We Angelenos love our Asian fare, and this new fast-casual spot means we can have a taste of the San Gabriel Valley after a Silverlake shopping day, without losing any authenticity. (Pine & Crane is named after owner Vivian Ku's grandfather's noodle shop back in the motherland.)

Bring a friend so that you can share plates and get the widest range of flavors, starting with the pickled cold apps (we had daikon) and sautéed pea shoots ($7). (Almost all the veggies on the menu are grown at Ku?s family farm.) Then snack on some spicy peanuts ($5) before diving into a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles, in which hot noodles are covered in silky peanut sauce ($8). And don?t forget to order a soothing taro-milk tea with boba.

For fastest service, stop by this bustling neighborhood hub for a late lunch or an early dinner, when the crowds thin a bit. However, whenever you go, the minimalist wood decor and airy layout make your meal feel like a peaceful escape. 

Pine & Crane, 1521 Griffith Park Blvd.; 323-668-1128 or pineandcrane.com

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