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Dining out in summertime is a varied affair. Sometimes you just want a light salad, while other times you’ve worked up an appetite for a big, juicy plate of lean protein. Or maybe you’re in the mood for just a glass of fine wine and dessert. (Who are we to judge?) Here are five sizzling new spots, from Brentwood to the Valley, for all that and more.

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Baltaire

Roll into this new Brentwood steakhouse for dry-aged, grass-fed Wagyu or prime steaks that come in sizes from 8 oz. to 40 oz. (from $42). We’re jazzed about add-ons including crab, blue cheese, béarnaise and foie gras.

Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd.; 424-273-1660 or baltaire.com

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Knuckle & Claw

The lobster roll is the unofficial food of summer. The makers of this big version ($18) pride themselves on going light on everything (mayo, celery, butter) except the lobster: a quarter pound of lump meat (which is flown in daily from Maine).

Knuckle & Claw, 3112 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-407-6142 or knuckleandclaw.com

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E.P. & L.P.

Thai street food comes to West Hollywood in a hip new spot that serves family-style dishes like Chiang Mai larb ($18): chunks of New Zealand salmon flavored with a rich blend of fish sauce, lime juice, pickled fish and rice.

E.P. & L.P., 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hollywood; 310-855-9955 or eplosangeles.com

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Augustine Wine Bar

A longtime wine collector is behind this new Valley bistro that’s anchored by a sexy Carrera marble bar. Besides a menu of up to 75 wines by the glass ($10 to $100), there are inventive small plates such as root-vegetable Caesar salad ($13) made with shaved raw carrots, beets and parsnips.

Augustine Wine Bar, 13456 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; 818-990-0938 or augustinewinebar.com

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Birch

It’s rare that a fine-dining chef (here, Brendan Collins) has as inspired a touch with entrées as desserts. Rare, too, is top-level cuisine along Hollywood’s busy Cahuenga corridor. Enjoy both at this smashing small restaurant--and be sure to save room for the meringue-topped strawberry and sorbet dessert ($12).

Birch, 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd.; 323-960-3369 or birchlosangeles.com

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