GATHER, GLUTTONS: DINE LA DELIVERS 12 DAYS OF GUILT FREE DINING

It’s that time of year again! When the most gluttonous of the gluttons exercise their right to wine and dine all over the city during LA’s Winter Restaurant Week. From January 20-31st, LA’s best restaurants are offering specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. For some, it’s an excuse to be thrifty while indulging in their favorite haunts, and for others it is a perfect reason to be adventurous with those tastebuds. Either way, you should give your stove, microwave, and local pizza joint a break and treat yo self to culinary magic at a great price – it only happens a few times a year.


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Lukshon | Photo by: Jakob N. Layman

Asian/Asian-Fusion

Lukshon | 3239 Helms Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232
Price: Lunch: $20, Dinner: $35
Father’s Office chef/owner Sang Yoon’s take on South Eastern Asian cuisine is executed at Lukshon with fine dining techniques and a beautiful outdoor atmosphere to match. What to expect: bold flavors, but small portions.
*menu not available yet

Badmaash | 108 West 2nd Street #104, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: Lunch: $15, Dinner:  $25
As if we could ask for a better combination of cuisines from the food gods, Badmaash has answered our prayers. Savory, bold Indian dishes with a gastropub slant–burgers, poutine fries and chili cheese will never be looked at the same ever again.
*menu not available yet

Night + Market | 9041 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Price: Dinner: $35
Famed for their Thai street food-influenced menu, Night + Market has gained a rep for using Dine LA as a time to experimenting with off-menu offerings and Chef Kris Yenbamroong is one of the rising stars in LA’s culinary scene.
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Italian

Sotto | 9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Price: Dinner: $35
Noted for their pastas and pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven, Sotto offers delicious South Italian-regional cuisine.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/sotto

Piccolo Venice | 150 S Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Price: Dinner: $45
A quaint slice of Italy that can be enjoyed on the beaches of Venice — it may not be overlooking the waters of the Venetian Lagoon, but hey, close enough. Piccolo offers classic dishes with an authentic dining experience, and they may be one of the few restaurants offering truffles on their Dine LA menu.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/piccolo-venice

 

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Latin

Rivera | 1050 South Flower Street #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Price: Lunch: $25, Dinner: $45
A modern Latin restaurant, their dishes may read as ordinary on paper, but are artfully presented with sauces and spices painted and stenciled on that make for gorgeous presentation that looks as impressive as it tastes.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/rivera

Picca Peruvian Cantina | 9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Price: Dinner: $45
Chef Ricardo Zarate plays by the traditional rules when it comes to how he serves his menu of over 50 Peruvian dishes, designed to be shared family-style, but where he breaks the mold is in his knack for Japanese flair in his execution and innovation.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/picca

Chef de Cuisine Ken Takayama of Melisse - Los Angeles, CA
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French

Patina | 141 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: Dinner: $85
Nestled in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chef Joachim Splichal’s flagship restaurant is modern and classy, with Patina’s location preceding its penchant for elegance and exquisite French-Californian dining.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/patina-restaurant

Melisse | 1104 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Price: Dinner: $85
Like to take your time dining? A visit to Melisse is in order. Serving up seasonal French cuisine, Melisse will have you feeling totes refined – but be prepared for a long stay, 2.5 hours long to be exact.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/melisse

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Fogo de Chao Churrascaria | Photo: James Camp

Best Bang For Your Buck

Fogo de Chao Churrascaria | 133 North La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Price: Lunch: $25, Dinner: $45
Meat, meat, meat. Head to Fogo de Chao for Brazilian style all-you-can-eat steak and other choice cuts of meat alongside a pretty legit salad bar (hint: grab some parmesan wedges). The cat’s out of the bag when it comes to Fogo being a good deal though, so make sure you’re prepared to potentially be seated an hour after the time you’ve reserved.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/fogo-de-chao-churrascaria

Lucques | 8474 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Price: Lunch: $25, Dinner: $50
The appearance and vibe of Lucques is that of a weekend getaway in your rich in-laws’ guest house. Chef Suzanne Goin is notorious for her take on Mediterranean cuisine by adding a bit of our regional California style: bold flavors, seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table produce.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/lucques

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Steak

Cut | 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Price: Dinner: $85
This Wolfgang Puck steakhouse is a mixture of top notch meat slabs and art, basically everything you could hope for in fine dining. While parking may be a little troublesome, we promise they make up for it in outstanding steak.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/cut

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse | 330 South Hope Street #100, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Price: Lunch: $20, Dinner: $35
Rave reviews of dry-aged USDA choices and nearly too many a la carte sides to choose from, Nick + Stef’s seems to be the place to indulge in all your carnivorous longings.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/nick-stefs-steakhouse

 

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Gastropub  &  New-American

Fundamental LA | 1303 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Price: Lunch: $15, Dinner: $35
Fundamental LA has the four S’s you look for in a casual dining spot: soup, salad, sides and sandwiches. Sprinkled throughout the menu is more eclectic dinner options such as duck liver jar and japanese sword squid.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/fundamental-la

Scratch Bar | 111 North La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Price: Dinner: $45
Heavily influenced by tattoo culture and handmade aesthetic the men of Scratch Bar aim to serve those with a creative slash humorous side and the proof is in the menu – cured pig’s head, squid in a box,  and vanilla ice cream with sprinkles to name a few.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants/scratchbar

Mud Hen Tavern | 742 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Price: Dinner: $25
Susan Feniger’s latest restaurant endeavor gives you gourmet pub food with a heavy dose of comfort. This gastropub gives you a range of vegetarian and vegan options with specialty and creatively named IPAs, pilsners, and lagers to wash your palate with.
Menu: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/search/site/mud%20hen%20tavern

 

ROUND-UP: DINE LA RESTAURANT WEEK

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Leek, Spinach, Mushroom and Truffle Tart from Muddy Leek

Are you guys finished with your New Year’s resolution to subsist on blended kale, baby carrots, and almonds yet?

Good, me too. And hopefully, you worked up an appetite while you were at it, because you’ve got a marathon of eating and drinking ahead of you.

Dine LA is a festival of feasts, with restaurants all over the city cooking up special prix fixe tasting menus, offering dinner for $25, $35 or $45, and lunch for $15, $20, or $25.

We’ve gone ahead and sifted through the incredibly long list of participants to single out our top eight.

 

Muddy Leek | Farm-to-table Californian fare with a decadent, wholesome twist. | Culver CIty

Culver City’s latest farm-to-table establishment may sound very granola, but their comforting eats feel at once wholesome and elegant, while the chic, modern space is totally hemp-free. Their four-course dinner menu for $45 dollars includes some of Chef Whitney’s greatest hits, including the savory duck hash pie, the forest mushroom, spinach, and black truffle tart, and the juniper venison with bacon sweet potato fondant. You can also snag three courses at lunch for $20.

Artisan House |  California cuisine updated for the modern palette | Historic Core – DTLA

Quickly becoming one of our favorite DTLA staples, Artisan House offers the best of their contemporary Californian eats for Dine LA.  Spiced tomato bisque followed by quinoa and spinach salad sounds about right for a healthy lunch, only to be happily ruined by an irresistible plate of house made beignets, all for $20. At dinner, ($35), you can start with burrata and apricots, move on to  steak frites with a side of ultra-crispy artisan fries, and finish it off with the beignets again. Did we mention they’re tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with nutella and vanilla ice cream?

Aburiya Toranoko | Market-fresh modern Japanese | Little Tokyo – DTLA

If you’re in the mood for Sushi, look no further than Little Tokyo favorite Toranoko–but this is about much more than raw fish. Toranoko’s $45, 5-course Dine LA dinner menu is definitely among the most intriguing, with choices like fresh oysters with ponzu sauce, tsukune meatball skewers, and beef filet mignon with truffle teriyaki sauce. Throw in a baked sweet potato with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream for desert, and you’ve got yourself a hell of a meal.

Bar & Kitchen | Savory, clever and seasonal American eats | DTLA

This cozy spot tucked inside the O Hotel is home to both exceptional bread and what’s probably the best shrimp & grits in LA, which you’ll find on the $20  two-course lunch menu. For dinner ($35, three courses) options include crispy mustard-glazed pork belly and chocolate banana croissant bread pudding.

King’s Row Gastropub | Pub nosh with an electic twist | Pasadena

Indian and Mediterranean flavors creep into King’s Row’s fun menu of classic pub eats, including specialty sausages, fries, and sandwiches. What’s more exciting is that their Dine LA offerings are among the most affordable, priced at $15 for lunch and just $25 for dinner.

Papilles | Casual Classic French | Los Feliz

From the owners of our favorite DTLA wine bar, MIgnon, comes another chic French establishment that’s all about high quality, full-flavored ingredients and a casual yet romantic atmosphere. The food is unfussy and classic, bringing out the best of simple flavors to create timeless, memorable dishes. They’ve yet to release their Dine LA menu, but at $35, you can count us in.

Lazy Ox Canteen | Global cuisine for adventurous foodies | Little Tokyo – DTLA

It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what Lazy Ox is, but you always know there’s something new and different to try. At $20, the three course lunch menu including their pulled short-rib sandwhich and famous rice pudding is a no-brainer, while a three course dinner for $35 sounds equally tempting, offering oxtail ragu topped with a soft-poached egg and pan-seared striped bass accompanied by garlic chips and fingerling potatoes.

Sotto | Regionally inspired, market-driven Italian | Westside

We couldn’t compile this list without throwing in some Italian eats, and in LA, Italian doesn’t get too much better than Sotto, who’ve got a $20 lunch and a $35 dinner going on. We’re particularly excited to try the warm octopus insalatina, the chicken liver ragu rigatoni and the olive oil cake with honey whipped cream.