Here's a few places that are going on my restaurants-to-try-next list. Thanks to Chowhounds Slomosi and Oldiebutfoodie for posting about them.
Open Door Izakaya is in Monterey Park, an unlikely spot for a Japanese restaurant, but one cannot live by dim sum alone, right? Slomosi says the food is beautifully presented, with beer and sake and high quality ingredients like real wasabi and "premium Kuro edamame." Truffle tater tots? I'm so there.
The unstoppable Jazz has added a whole new addendum to Jitlada's famous Southern Thai menu that you may have first heard about on EatingLA. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but Oldiebutfoodie reports it features dishes like Morning glory shrimp salad and sator bean/pork belly stir-fry. This is Thai food on a whole other level, and I can't wait to try it.