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We highlight some of the hottest new dishes for summer 2013

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Our mouths are already watering, thinking about all the warm-weather food summer brings. Six new dishes for summer have us hoping the season never ends.

DISH WHY WE LOVE IT
Poseidón Tostada The Mariscos Jalisco truck may be best known for its crunchy tacos dorados de camaron, but a new secret menu addition is developing a cult following. Created by a line cook on his break, the seaworthy Poseidón ($7) heaps together fish ceviche, avocado, spicy shrimp aguachile and sliced octopus on a crunchy tostada. 3040 E. Olympic Blvd., East L.A.; 323-528-6701
Soft Shell Crab and Pork Belly  Son of a Gun's seasonal combination of a whole tempura-fried softshell crab with crispy pork-belly cubes ($18) showcases Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's knack for balancing fatty proteins with acid: All that juicy richness is cut beautifully with a soy-ginger slaw made with julienned cucumber and green onions. 8370 W. 3rd St., West L.A.; 323-782-9033
Tomato and Burrata Jeremy Fox knows his way around a produce stand. At Rustic Canyon, his spin on caprese salad ($15) marries a sweet broth made from Japanese Momotaro tomatoes with a dollop of olive-oil-drizzled burrata and torn Thai basil. Soak it up with buttery Pinkerton avocado-topped toast. 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-393-7050
Squish 'n' Destroy Sandwich
Roy Choi's latest sauce-soaked sandwich ($10) at Chego is vaguely inspired by the Philly cheesesteak: Chile-rubbed pork belly and charred pineapple jostle inside a split ciabatta roll dolloped with sour cream, garlic ssamjang and fresh herbs. How to attack this beast? Check its name. 727 N. Broadway, Chinatown; 323-380-8680
Carrot Corn Dog This vegetarian indulgence is not on the regular menu at Fritzi Dog, so you'll have to ask them to fry their spice-rubbed, sous-vided and grilled carrot dog ($5) in crunchy corn-dog batter. The result is a handheld treat that, shockingly, is as satisfying as its meaty cousin, especially when dunked in creamy garlic aioli. 6333 W. 3rd St., Mid-City; 323-936-9436
Coca-Cola Cake
Sarah Lange, pastry chef at Hart and the Hunter (better known by her moniker, Sarah Bearclaw), is quickly becoming L.A.'s queen of Southern desserts. Her latest confection, Southern Coca-Cola cake ($6), is a super-moist dark chocolate slice topped with soda-pop caramel, vanilla ice cream and crushed peanuts. 7950 Melrose Ave., Mid-City; 323-272-4588