Los Angeles’ best two weeks of the year start today, it’s Dine LA! Hundreds of restaurant across Los Angeles have put together their own prix-fixe menus so that you can get a taste of some of the best things they have to offer at a discounted rate. Most menus include an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Dine LA goes from today, July 14th, through Sunday, July 27th. Here’s a list of some of the best deals around the city! Lawry’s the Prime Rib – A classic Los Angeles staple and some of the best red meat you can get in the country. Their dinner is $45 and comes with their spinning bowl salad, an 8-ounce prime rib or lobster tail, mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding or salmon and a lobster tail with your choice of old-fashioned chocolate pudding, traditional English trifle or creme brulee. Plan Check – One of Jonathan Gold’s favorites. Lunch runs $25 and includes a burger, Frito pie mac and cheese, baked crab dip or veggie chips and one signature doughnut. You also get a complementary drink of either plum iced tea or mint lemonade. Abigaile – A new South Bay favorite. Abigaile is a gastro-pub in Hermosa Beach right up the hill from the pier. The dinner special for Dine LA is five-courses and will run you $45. The dinner includes escargot poppers, baby octopus with Portuguese sausage, a pig “pop tart”, and a cheese pastry. Dessert includes a homemade Snickers and peanut butter creme and milk chocolate ganache. -
Summer is here and the eating is great! Here are some of the most interesting new restaurants opening in Los Angeles:
Playa Provisions is more than a restaurant. It’s actually a four-in-one concept composed of four separate spots in one space: Dockside (a seafood house), King Beach (a café), Small Batch (a creamery), and Grain (a whisky bar). The owners are former Top Chef contestant Brook Williamson and her husband chef Nick Roberts. The space is decorated with a rustic beachy vibe including plenty of wood paneling. Each space within the restaurant has a slightly different look. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/PlayaProvisions/
Fans of Mastro’s Steakhouse have a new place to get their steaks in Malibu. Mastro’s Ocean Club serves a similar menu to the popular Mastro’s Steakhouse restaurant. Mastro’s Ocean Club restaurants have a deeper focus on seafood and also offer sushi. There are existing Mastro’s Ocean Club locations in Las Vegas, Newport Beach, and Scottsdale. Mastro’s Ocean Club Malibu takes over the former Chart House location on Pacific Coast Highway which is directly on the beach and offers beautiful ocean views. For more information visit: www.mastrosrestaurants.com.
Saint Martha’s, a new restaurant near the Wiltern in Koreatown, offers an astounding 50 wines by the glass. The restaurant, located in a strip mall on Western Ave., has an understated exterior but a charming interior and a unique menu. Intriguing options include a steak and oyster tartare with champagne sabayon and bone marrow beignets; sautéed spot prawn with cream of wheat, almond-red curry broth and garden herbs; and crispy chicken thigh with steelcut oats, carrots, pickled dates, and Moorish spices
Burbank is home to the first Los Angeles iteration of Asian Box, a restaurant from the Bay Area that serves bowl-based meals with a base of rice, noodles, or salad topped with meats, sauces, and add-ons such as fresh herbs and bean sprouts for around $10. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a second location is planned for Figueroa Street downtown later this summer. Visit www.asianbox.com to see menu options.
Is the hot dog the new burger? Hot dog restaurants are on the rise including one of the most popular in the area, Dog Haus, which recently opened their latest restaurant in Canoga Park. The restaurant serves gourmet hot dogs and sausages many of which have cute names such as the Scott Baioli with smoked bacon and garlic aioli or the Big Lebowski which combines a garlic herb kielbasa with cheese sauce, pickled jalapenos, and crispy onions. Burgers are also available as well as shakes and malts. Other Dog Haus restaurants are located in Pasadena, Old Pasadena, and Alhambra. To view the menu visit: www.doghaus.com.
The Tipsy Cow has taken over the former spot of La Pergola on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. The casual neighborhood restaurant is open from 3 p.m. to 1 1p.m. daily and serves craft beers as well as a menu of bar snacks that includes short-rib poutine fries and organic grass-fed burgers. The Tipsy Cow takes its name from the tempting milkshakes with alcohol that are part of the cocktail menu.
The fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented by Food & Wine, runs August 21-24 in Los Angeles. The event is three nights and four days of culinary indulgence including tastings, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, and events involving celebrity chefs. The Ultimate Bites of L.A. challenge will showcase competitions between chefs including Graham Eliot andFabio Vivani, to benefit charities. The Power Lunch series offers a chance to dine in some of the most exclusive hotels in Beverly Hills with some of the city’s legendary talent including Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman, and Scott Conant. Iron Chef Morimoto hosts an Asian Night Market on August 23rd. On Sunday the Lexus Grand Tasting will feature over 300 wines with tasting samples from 25 celebrity chefs. Tickets range from $50 to $350, with full weekend packages at approximately $1,000 and are available at www.lafw.com. .
The highly anticipated Superba Food and Bread has opened in Venice. The restaurant serves artisan breads and handcrafted comfort foods for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The head baker, Jonathan Eng, formerly at Le Pain Quotidien bakes up fresh bread while Lincoln Carson, formerly Michael Mina’s corporate pastry chef, provides the sweet treats. Get a peek at the Superba Food and Bread Instagram account.
Inspired by his legendary award-winning grilled cheese sandwich filled with taleggio cheese, apricot caper puree, and short ribs on raisin walnut bread, chef ErickGreenspan has created a new restaurant dedicated to the art of the grilled cheese. Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese serves a variety of sandwiches, alongside healthy salad options, hand crafted sodas and Americana desserts including the Elvis– white bread, banana, peanut butter, and goat cheese (bacon optional).
Sherman Oaks is home to a new oyster bar named Tipple & Brine which takes over in the former spot of the Spitting Chicken Cantina on Ventura Boulevard. The restaurant, from Vantage Restaurant Group, serves a seasonal menu divided into vegetable, sea, and land choices with an emphasis on sustainable options. The casual restaurant also has craft cocktails, local beers, and small production wines.
Popular Eagle Rock sandwich joint The Oinkster has a new Hollywood outpost with seating for about 110 inside and out on the dog-friendly patio. The new restaurant will have an expanded menu that includes even more of the restaurant’s legendary sandwiches.
Building on the trend of healthy food bowls is The Harvest Bar, a new “superfoods café,” open at 15030 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, the former location of Tutti Frutti. The Harvest Bar focuses mostly on acai bowls but also include quinoa and pitaya (dragonfruit) bowls. Bowls are customizable with granola, fruit toppings, and healthy sweeteners. Learn more at http://www.theharvestbar.com/
Dinner and a movie just got a little fancier with Tanzy, a new artisan Italian restaurant opened at the iPic Theaters in Westwood. The menu combines Italian imports with local fare and has a raw bar, a selection of artisanal salumi, and assorted cheeses. The restaurant also includes fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices as well as handcrafted cocktails and a complete wine list. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and has a separate late-night menu that includes crispy ravioli as well as cheese and salumi plates. There is also a weekend brunch with Tuscan kale salad, brioche French toast and chicken and sourdough waffles. Visit http://www.tanzyrestaurant.com/westwood for details.