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On the one hand, we’re amped to enjoy the seasonal bounty of midsummer produce. On the other hand, give us all the kitsch (a nostalgic diner pop-up) and the calories (a caramel-corn ice-cream sandwich). Here’s our survey of the best of our high and low foodie impulses. As for which to eat first? We’ll leave that up to you.

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Burger at the Peach Pit diner pop-up

Nostalgia alert: August 1 to 3, Fox is re-creating the Peach Pit from the hit ’90s show Beverly Hills, 90210. Seems there’s a new show (in which the actors from the original show play heightened versions of their real-life selves) premiering on Wednesday, August 7, so causing a traffic jam at the former Johnny Rockets in Hollywood is the way to feel the love. (We’ll be driving by at the very least.)

7507 Melrose Ave.,

Caramel Corn Ice Cream Cookie at Arclight Cinemas

In honor of the release of the new Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, through August 22 you can order a DIY mini ice-cream sammie kit containing a McConnell’s vanilla bean ice cream “mini” along with three caramel-corn cookies created by the McConnell’s chef using ArcLight’s signature concession-stand snack. (And if you’ve already seen the film but are dying to try these, don’t despair—you can pick them up at McConnell’s shops too.)

Multiple locations; and

Asparagus Skewers at Pikoh

The summer swelter is a great time to embrace meatless Mondays, and here’s your first entrée: the skewered asparagus at chef Ricardo Zarate’s new all-day hangout on the west side, Pikoh. Served with rocoto aioli and furikake, this dish has a surprisingly satisfying umami and equally satisfying way of not weighing you down. It’s your thoughtful dinner recommendation for your vegan and gluten-free friends.

11940 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-928-9344 or

Fresh Fish at Angler

This new fine-dining fish joint at the Beverly Center is the first offshoot of the debut restaurant in San Francisco. There’s a raw bar and the obligatory steak and chicken menu items, of course, but what you want here are any of the flame-cooked seafood dishes, such as the grilled red rockfish, the poached marbled flounder or the salt-and-pepper scorpion fish. We’re talking fish so fresh, it’s waiting for your order in a tank on the far side of the restaurant.

8500 Beverly Blvd. #117; 424-332-4082 or

Fresh Fruit Granita at Calabra

At this poolside restaurant at the new Proper Hotel in Santa Monica, it’s all about the loungey seating (couches and coffee tables) and small plates–style dining (delish Mediterranean mezeslike labneh and baba ghanoush). A highlight is this super-refreshing dessert, a selection of farmers-market fruits infused with elderflower syrup and homemade strawberry and rhubarb granita.

700 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-620-9990 or

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Caviar Platter at Birdie G’s

Steelhead roe is served with potato waffles, chopped onion and the rest of the fixings in this dish. It’s part of a menu that is star chef Jeremy Fox’s homage to the family restaurants he remembers from his youth. That translates to accessible dishes like this one, made with impeccably sourced ingredients, plus lots of gluten-free and vegan options.

2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; 310-310-3616 or

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S’mores Milkshake at Black Tap Anaheim

So maybe you’re lucky enough to be heading to Disney this August. If so, you’ll want to stop at the casual spot that’s Insta-famous for its inscrutably hybrid milkshakes. Churros, birthday cake—it’s all somehow balanced on a blended dairy drink that’s sure to sugar up even the most overwhelmed child, parent or confused uncle. In honor of National S’mores Day (which is a thing, we guess) on August 10, Black Tap has created this experience with a chocolate frosted rim with crushed graham crackers, topped with two classic s’mores, whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. It’s available August 10 to 30.

At the Disneyland Resort, 1540 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim;

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