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Comparing notes on new restaurants is practically a contact sport in this city--everyone wants to be the first to like the next trend. Well, no need to put on your knee pads, we’ve picked them for you. From a chichi breakfast-and-dinner joint to a Valley spot that redefines comfort food--oh, and did we mention doughnuts?--here are five new spots you need to get to this March.

Donut Farm

If you’re thinking, No thanks, dont need another sinfully delicious fried treat to shove into the ol’ piehole, then we’re sorry, but you’re wrong. This Bay Area import is all organic, all vegan and hella seasonal--plus, a little less sweet than your chain doughnut. Try the candy-cap variety (it's made of mushrooms that taste like maple syrup) and skip your usual sugar crash.

2609 W. Sunset Blvd.;

The Bellwether

Valley residents are thronging to try this new neighborhood joint that melds a casual vibe (yes, you can watch the game) with chef-y presentation. Pile your table with shareable small plates like the tuna crudo with fennel confit ($13), stewed chickpeas with tomato-date ragout ($13) and roasted carrots in a chamomile carrot jus ($11).

13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; 818-285-8184 or


The most-Instagrammable new spot in town is so beautifully designed, you will never want to leave. Add in this breakfast-and-lunch diner’s secret weapon--Really. Good. Food--and you’ll be canceling your lease and pitching a tent in the Winsome kitchen. Order the burger with aged cheddar, house-made pickles and fresh-baked buns ($12).

1115 Sunset Blvd.; 213-415-1818 or


Venice’s new casual dinner spot is based on the idea of a backyard barbecue… if it took place in a modern glass box and included coal-baked potatoes with crème fraîche and aged Gouda. Share the chicken, charred nicely and served with a drizzle of salsa verde ($29).

425 Washington Blvd., Venice; 310-751-6794 or

The Butcher’s Daughter

This Venice iteration of a popular downtown Manhattan breakfast-and-lunch spot is the new West Side see-and-be-seen bistro. Order the Smashed Avocado Benedict, in which an avocado mash takes the place of ham, and curry, mustard seed and lime spice it up ($15).

1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-981-3004 or

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