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.
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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
Courtesy: Melisse Restaurant 

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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Courtesy: Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse

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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Scratch Bar | Photo:
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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

 

THE SCOOP: UNIQUE DESSERTS TO TRY IN LA

While we’re tired of the sticky, sweaty days of our city’s extended summer, we’re certainly grateful for any excuse to cool down with some sweet, refreshing treats. But while froyo has always been a trusty and convenient solution, we’ve decided now is a great time to go and explore some alternative desserts. After all, those with sweet tooths deserve a chance to claim refined palates of their own. From deep-fried pop tarts served with ice cream, to alcoholic boba, we’ve got a sweet fix for you.


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Ice Cream Sandwich at Night + Market | Photo cred: Darin Dines

Ice Cream Sandwich

Where: Night + Market | 9043 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Price: $4.50
Thai street food restaurant Night + Market is notorious for its bracing hot meals, and to cool it down, Chef Kris Yenbamroong serves up a Thai rendition of the classic American ice cream sandwich: grilled sweet bread stuffed with coconut sticky rice and a scoop of coconut ice cream, topped with toasted mung beans and sweetened condensed milk. Simple, yet refreshingly delicious, this “sandwich” is a winning formula.
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Bobagasm

Where: Boba 7 | 518 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Price: $6
Regular boba is a cult favorite, but imagine adding a little bit of alcohol to the mix–or in Boba 7’s case, mega-shots of it. From their menu, bobagasm caught our eye. I mean,  “-gasm” at the end is sure to grab attention. This boba concoction — a combination of kahlua and baileys with delectable balls of honey–is sure to delight those looking to be efficient in satiating their sugar/alcohol vices. Also worth mentioning is their Green Tea Heinekin boba. Beer and boba? Who’d have thought?
http://www.labobatory.com

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Picarones at Mo-Chica | Photo credit: Phoebe Chuason, Refinery 29

Picarones

Where: Mo-Chica | 514 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Price: $7
Over at Mo-Chica, a contemporary Peruvian restaurant downtown, Chef Ricardo Zarate is serving up a healthy dose of vegetables for dessert in his picarones beignets. Sweet potato and kabocha, a type of Peruvian squash, are deep fried, dusted with sugar and served alongside a shot glass full of chancaca honey dressing. Extremely light and fluffy, the delicate dessert is a fan favorite.
http://mo-chica.com/

 

Sweet Corn Crepes

Where: Napa Valley Grille | 1100 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Price: $8
The best part of these crepes at the Napa Valley Grille is 1) they are gluten-free, and 2) they fulfill your sweet tooth! The corn crepes by themselves aren’t overly sweet, but with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh blueberries, your sugar rush is met without having to live with the guilt.
http://www.napavalleygrille.com/

 

Pat Bing Soo (Korean Shaved Ice)

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Green Tea Pat Bing Soo at Miss Coffee | Photo credit: Richard L.

Where: Miss Coffee | 300 S. Hobart Boulevard Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Price: $16
The base of pat bing soo may be the same — shaved ice and sweet red adzuki beans — but not all come in a huge Pyrex measuring cups. Miss Coffee gives you an equivalent of eight bowls in one order — so definitely bring your homies. Have an open mind about the sweet toppings and try your hardest to cool down whilst trying hard not to think about the cups’ conversion to calories.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/miss-coffee-los-angeles

 

Deep Fried Pop Tarts

Where: Beer Belly | 532 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Price: $6
Not sure how to make a childhood favorite better? You fry it and add ice cream, obviously! It’s like Beer Belly is making up for all the times you were sent to bed without dessert. The traumatic time will melt away forever once you eat a spoonful of this, we promise.
http://beerbellyla.com/

 

Simplified Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar

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Photo credit: Frisee Waltz

Where: Animal | 435 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Price: $8
Oh, c’mon y’all. This is LA. What would this list be without the quintessential LA-made bacon dessert craze? Animal’s signature bacon chocolate crunch bar was originally introduced in 2009 but still remains to be a favorite to this day. The chocolate tart is so rich that the salt from the bacon alone can’t tone it down, so the crunch bar’s creators Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo paired it with a salt and pepper ice cream to balance out all that chocolately-rich goodness.
http://animalrestaurant.com/