WHERE TO EAT NOW: HOT 'N FRESH L.A. RESTAURANTS 8/14

Regular round-up of L.A.'s newest restaurants recommended by our Dine editor @Lesleybsuter -- lamag.com's Digest blog has full list!
  1. 1.
    Petty Cash Arts District
    New Arts District location of Walter Manzke's Petty Cash Taqueria. The menu will debut when the restaurant officially opens mid-next week.
  2. 2.
    Leona
    Top Chef alum Nyesha Arrington (formerly of Wilshire) now on Venice Beach with a progressive Californian menu.
  3. 3.
    Once
    Ricardo Zarate starts his official comeback tour with a brand new Peruvian pop-up every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Santino's in Santa Monica.
  4. 4.
    Hatchet Hall
    Brian Dunsmoor (formerly of Hart & the Hunter) takes on a manly hunter-fisher menu heavy with game in this Culver City space.
  5. 5.
    Esters
    Kathryn and Tug Coker's art deco wine shop with a menu of wine soakers from Rustic Canyon's Jeremy Fox. Take bottles home to drink or sip there.
  6. 6.
    Dudley Market
    Jesse Barber (formerly of Barnyard) is behind this multi-concept restaurant-market with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and grab-and-go menus. Venice.
  7. 7.
    The Bellwether
    The Valley's food scene scores another point from executive chef Tod Hopson and beverage director Ann-Marie Verdie, both of Father's Office/Lukshon.