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You deserve a night out, and when you do, you should treat yourself to a break from the same old, same old. From going seasonal and trying the best persimmon salad in town to hitting up newly opened spots like a cult-favorite Korean noodle house, these are the spots to visit right now.

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M. Georgina

1. M. Georgina, DTLA

Star San Francisco chef Melissa Perello has opened a massive (4,500 square feet!) former warehouse space in the Row complex, and we are here for the fine dining experience with under-$35 entrees and a wood-fired oven. And especially the oysters: The restaurant offers a rotating recipe, like kohlrabi and toasted sesame, as well as oysters on the half shell with hot sauce for happy hour.

777 Alameda St.; 213-334-4113 or mgeorgina.com

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2. Octopus at Piccalilli, Culver City

This ambitious fine-dining spot in the land of tech-casual Culver City is just what your can’t-quite-manage-the-rush-hour dining has been waiting for. Savory dishes like octopus and heirloom tomatoes carry with them the big, gutsy flavor of hipster food truck fare (the principals used to run the Mad Pambazos truck) in a refined setting.

3850 Main St., Culver City; 424-298-8540 or piccalillila.com

3. Citrus Anything at Fat + Flour, DTLA

This Grand Central Market pop-up bakery just announced it’s going permanent this year and just in the nick of time, because there needs to be as much access as possible to Nicole Rucker’s cray-delish seasonal cakes and pies. (Not into the tart selections? The chocolate chess pie is molten heaven.)

At Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway; yelp.com/fat-and-flour

4. All the Sandwiches at Uncle Paulie’s Deli, Downtown

This new DTLA location of the Fairfax area deli serves up all the combos, from the traditional Italian cold cuts with provolone, roasted red peppers, and vinegar and oil to unexpectedly awesome pairings like a London broil with horseradish, pickled fennel and onion with arugula. Jazz up whatever you order with add-ons like spicy pepper or sun-dried tomato spread or a nice olive tapenade.

820 S. Spring St.; 213-988-7221 or unclepauliesdeli.com

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5. The Mexicali Burger at Salt + Tart, Santa Monica

This Santa Monica spot serves its all-American fare all day (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and we’re especially feeling the Mexicali burger, which includes your choice of burger patty (Angus brisket and sirloin beef burger, turkey burger or black bean patty) served with organic mixed greens, chipotle aioli, vegetable chorizo, avocado, fried jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and fresh pico de gallo. Hot stuff.

2200 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica; 323-435-2500 or saltandtart.com

6. PERSIMMON SALAD AT RÉPUBLIQUE, La Brea

A wintry salad made up of persimmons, goat cheese, maple and candied pecans is the sweet-sour flavor combination you need right now, and sitting at the bar here and enjoying this dish with a glass of wine is the perfect light dinner before a night on the town.

624 S. La Brea Ave.; 310-362-6115 or republiquela.com

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7. Knife-Cut Noodles at Hyesung Noodle House, Koreatown

 

This new Korean spot is the first international outpost of a famous Seoul hole-in-the-wall that serves knife-cut noodles (kalguksu) in a flavorful, umami-rich broth. Fans of the doughy noodles—and Korean food in general—are already lining up outside this strip mall on Western to order from the capsule menu that includes myeolchi/dak kalguksu (anchovy/chicken knife-cut noodles), dwaeji bossam (boiled pork belly slices with cabbage) and buchimgae (vegetable pancake).

125 N. Western Ave. #106; 323-745-5001 or yelp.com/hyesungnoodlehouse 

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