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It’s late summer, it’s hot and everyone you know but got out of Dodge. Time to treat yourself to a meal at one of these six new restaurants where the chicken is hot, the martinis are dry and the soft-serve is deliciously icy. Aren’t you glad you stayed in town? 

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Indoor-outdoor dining and charming plaid have us loving those long Cali summer dusks at this new courtyard spot at Palihouse West Hollywood. Family-style portions of roast chicken with morels, butterflied fish with turmeric and crème fraiche and slow-roasted pork neck means you can eat a little or a lot, and a citrus vodka cocktail with basil is perfectly refreshing..

8465 Holloway Dr., W. Hollywood; 323-656-4020 or

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Frozen Fruit Co.

This new frozen dessert joint makes soft-serve cones of ice pulverized with pineapple and passion fruit, mango and strawberry, raspberry and orange or coconut and cacao.

729 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 424-744-8860 or

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Come for the South of France vibe (vaulted ceilings, wicker chairs) and stay for the menu from veteran chef Geoffrey Zakarian that includes handmade tagliolini prepped with uni and Meyer lemon. This chic eatery in the Montage Beverly Hills hotel had us at “martinis prepared tableside.”

225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-860-7970 or

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The Cannibal

Save your weekly sodium allotment up and splurge on brunch at this nose-to-tail meat market . Share a German breakfast with a friend: Two soft-boiled eggs, charcuterie, cheese, bialy and pickles, washed down with a Bloody Mary made with green tomatillos.

8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City; 310-838-2783 or

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Howlin' Rays

At this Nashville-inspired food truck-turned-DTLA fast food joint, the fried chicken (served in a box, with waffles or on sammies with slaw and pickles, yum) comes in six degrees of hotness, from “Country” (no spice) to “Howlin!” Choose wisely.

727 N Broadway; 213-935-8399 or

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Just when you thought there was nothing new a Californian could do to avocado toast, a Santa Monica plant-based joint serves it with peaches, pine nuts and a smidge of chili. That’s the kind of innovation--along with dishes like beer-battered tofu served with celery slaw--that makes us not miss meat. There’s a grab-and-go selection of sandwiches, which is our busy weekday happy place.

514-516 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-260-2255 or

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