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LA Wants a Bite of the Chowhound Guides

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Any self-respecting LA foodie knows their way around the city's dining establishments; any self-respecting LA foodie with an internet connection probably knows their way around the Chowhound LA message board. LAist has lurked there recently, trying to get a taste for what the top tasters in town think of certain spots, or where to go to satisfy a particular craving. But it's an intimidating world, those jungle-like boards. Say the wrong thing (let's say, perhaps, you're fond of Sushi Roku) and find yourself being served up for dinner, skewered and plated for all to see. Of course there are moderators, mainly there to be sure posters don't wax nostalgic about restaurants that have long gone, or that your home cooking recipe gets posted in the right forum. It's enough to keep a food-info hungry lurker's mouth firmly shut. But the public should benefit from these hounds' wisdom, yes? When LAist went north to SFist territory last month, we discovered that Chowhound has a brand new guidebook published for San Francisco eateries! And it's companion tome is for our friends at Gothamist! So where is LA's book, we ask? It's become painfully apparent to us that many Angelenos are stuck in a chain-restaurant rut. Or, possibly worse, they dine out to be seen, but not to be well-fed. Our city is crammed with deliciousness--it's just a matter of knowing where to look. We say to Chowhound: Give us our LA Chowhound Guide! We're sure your bites are far better than your bark.