8 of my Favorite dineLA Destinations

This is a great time to try a new restaurant in Los Angeles for lunch or dinner. Here are some of my favorites that are offering a dineLA menu:

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

1.BIRCH (Elevated Dining)- Brendan Collins newest restaurant in Hollywood  is offering guests a glass of house red or white wine. The first course is a choice of gazpacho, tomato toast or smoked summer vegetables. Second course is his fabulous pork shank, or a kabocha squash cappelini or cod Viennoise. Finish with his sticky toffee pudding cake.

Restaurant Week (July 18 – July 31) Dinner: $49 open Tuesday through Saturday 6 p.m. -11 p.m.

1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 960-3369. (CLOSED NOW)

c_fit-w_640-h_480-crm-la-bpola-_05249a4a-9285-9b64-501517cb149449422.Blue Plate Oysterette (Fresh Seafood)This fun neighborhood spot serves fresh seafood, raw bar classics and other American favorites. The first course is a butter lettuce salad; clam chowder or ceviche mixto. Next, choose an entree that includes seared ahi tacos; lobster roll; whole roasted Branzino or fish and chips. Finish with a slice of key lime pie or chocolate mousse. This dineLA Dinner is $39 per person. 8048 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 656-5474. (CLOSED NOW)

IMG_07193.BOA Steakhouse LA (Celebrity Hot Spot)- I enjoy BOA for lunch, because you never know who you will see. Last time I dined next to Rob Reiner’s table. On the $25 dineLA lunch menu, the first course is a choice of salads. Next, choose between Chef Jose Melendez smoked American Kobe beef brisket sandwich; grilled chicken Pillard or Penne pasta. Finish with a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of ice cream. If it’s a special occasion, they will put a sparkler on top. This menu is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  9200 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 – (310) 278-2050.

Mediterranean Cuisine – Photo courtesy of dineLA

4. FIG & OLIVE – Melrose Place (Dine as if you are in the South of France) at the $25 lunch and $39 dinner menu until July 31. For the lunch there are four different starters from pea soup to salmon crudo. Entrees include Riviera salmon with grilled asparagus and braised fennel to lamb meatballs cooked in a Mediterranean tomato sauce. Finish with a dessert crostini or chocolate pot de creme.

The dinner is a choice of four appetizers, plus you can add a crostini tasting for an additional fee. Appetizers range from a Fig & Olive salad; truffle mousse croquette, octopus Gallega or burrata with watermelon and heirloom tomatoes. Dinner entrees include truffle risotta; chicken Tajine; Brazino or paella de Mar. Finish with a choice of two desserts. 8490 Melrose Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90069 – (310) 360-9100.

Fritzi LA - Photo by dineLA
Fritzi LA – Photo by dineLA

5. FRITZI (Best Deal)- Chef Neal Fraser’s industrial chic restaurant in DTLA’s Arts District serving a $15 dineLA lunch and $29 dinner menu. They also serve cocktails and craft beer from Arts District Brewing Company.  Monday – Sunday from noon to 4:30 choose a four course lunch that begins with one of three salad options. Next choose a Beef burger, Backyard dog or Rotisserie chicken. Add a choice of Fritzi waffle fries, French fries or tater tots and finish with a Summer Camp chocolate chip cookie or a cakewich.

Dinner includes a choice of three beers, braised short ribs or Black sea bass with two other courses. Desserts are a sticky toffee blondie or a magic bar. 814 Traction Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90013 – (213) 537-0327.

The Front Yard - Photo courtesy of dineLA.
The Front Yard – Photo courtesy of dineLA.

6. The Front Yard  at The Garland in North Hollywood (Gourmet Calif fareExecutive Chef Larry Greenwood is preparing for guests green garbanzo hummus; compressed watermelon; flatbreads; salads and gooey desserts.  His dineLA lunch is $20 for lunch (Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm). Start with Green Garbanzo Hummus with California olive oil, flatbread; Tuna Tartare Taco with avocado and charred Serrano vinaigrette or a kale salad. Mains include a squash and burrata flatbread; Thai town shrimp salad or aground short rib burger. Finish with butterscotch pudding and spicy caramel popcorn.

For the $38 dinner the table shares chorizo deviled eggs and orders a starter of grilled octopus; compressed watermelon or caramelized Brussels sprouts. Main dishes include Alaskan halibut; flat iron steak or for vegetarians roasted King trumpet mushrooms. Finish with rhubarb marinated strawberry shortcake with Harry’s berries strawberry ice cream. Dinner (Sun-Thurs 5:30-10pm / Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm). 4222 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91602 – (818) 255-7290.

The Pot Roast is fabulous at Jar

7.Get the Pot Roast at Jar – During Restaurant Week the prix-fixe menu is $49 per person. Guests have a choice of soup of the day or salad. The Main dishes include Suzanne Trachts familiar, yet retro Coq au Vin or signature pot roast or wild Alaskan salmon. Guests can share family style Jar fries with garlic and parsley. Finish with a choice of butterscotch pudding or ice cream sundae. Dinner is served Tuesday – Sunday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 8225 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048 – (323) 655-6566

8. Knuckle & Claw Special Menu at two locations.(NOW CLOSED) Both are having a special $25 lunch c_fit-w_640-h_480-crm-la-knuckle-and-claw-lobster-roll_050368d4-ea04-07a3-b6a4d03d2514c1d7that includes chips or slaw and a Maine-California lobster Roll with fresh Maine lobster, chipotle aioli, avocado, crumbled cotija cheese, or their California Salad made with fresh Maine Lobster, romaine lettuce, fresh corn, avocado, crumbled cotija cheese, chipotle honey vinaigrette. At lunch guests get a drink and new whoopie pie for dessert (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Sun). Dinner guests choose between ¼ dozen freshly shucked oysters or one of their chowders. Next either the Roll or salad and a whoopie pie for $29. Dinner is from 5 to 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs. and 5 to 11 p.m. Fri-Sat. 3112 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 – (323) 407-6142 and 2715 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405 – (310) 399-9939. This article is available on GPSmyCity –  https://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/los-angeles-631.html.


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