Just because the last days of dineL.A. are upon you doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance to save the most money ever!
Running from Friday January 13th until the 27th, Winter dineL.A. offers 15 days of opportunities to save at some of the best restaurants in the city! Lunch menus are $15-$25, and dinner menus range from $29-$49, or starting at $95 for the Exclusive Series. American Express card holders can also sign up to receive an additional $5 off their final bill of $21 or more with NO restrictions!
Keep reading to find out where I think you should be saving during the first dineL.A. of 2017.
Definitely do this one with a friend because you will want one of each! Suzanne Goin’s A.O.C. is offering a 2-course $25 lunch special (weekdays only) that begins with a choice of cheese & charcuterie or the delectable Spanish fried chicken.
It’s hard not to love a $25 3-course lunch that also includes a beverage. It might be the same menu as last year but there’s lots to love about a Jo’s Wicked Chowder Sampler, followed by a Batter Dipped Cod Sandwich, and a Whoopie Pie to cap it all off. Plus you receive an Iced Tea, Lemonade, or Arnold Palmer to go with your meal. Enjoy this meal during weekend brunch and take advantage of their $5 Bloody Mary‘s!
Back by popular demand, modern Asian E.P. Restaurant will be offering a 3-course dinner menu prepared by Executive Chef Louis Tikaram for $29. My ideal meal; Sticky Spare Ribs, Lou Dogg’s Crispy Skin Chicken, and Chengdu Churros.
The real estate alone makes The Lobster a restaurant worth visiting. During dineL.A. they are offering a 2-course for $25 lunch special that basically means you get a free $14 appetizer. It’s a toss up between the Steamed Mediterranean Black Mussels in house made green curry or the Cockle Clam Chowder with Applewood Smoked Bacon & Weiser Farms Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes.
I decided to drink my savings and order the Bloody Mary :).
Another great choice if you go with a group, M.B. Post by Michelin–starred chef, David LeFevre offers a choice of 4 menu items for $39 during dinner. Make it all savories and enjoy Maine Diver Scallops, Porchetta, White Oak Grilled Skirt Steak, and Potato Crusted Trout.
Experience an obscene amount of sushi for only $39 at one of the many Sugarfish locations around the city. Although their lunch special is quite tempting at $20, an extra $19 provides an extra 6 pieces of sushi, 1 hand roll, and an upgraded sashimi starter.
Ever popular Cafe Birdie in Highland Park is offering their 3-course dinner menu for $39 which is inclusive of a glass of red, white, or rosé wine! Start with a Mushroom Toast with chanterelles, crème fraiche, parsley, garlic, pecorino; followed by a Black Pepper Tagiatelle with sunchoke puree, cavolo nero, hazelnuts, pecorino; and finish it all off with a Chocolate Tart made with salted caramel, vanilla bean ice-cream, and hazelnuts.
Black Pepper Tagliatelle
If you really want to make it a night out, head around the corner to their speakeasy lounge Good Housekeeping for some classic cocktails.
PS- I am still thinking about their melt in your mouth tagliatelle and unbelievably good Chocolate Tart which I enjoyed at home because my toddler had too much of a good time and tried to leave before I could 🙂
A $25 3-course lunch at the Mondrian Beverly Hills might sound too good to be true, but it’s what you can expect from Georgie by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Highlights include the Short Rib Ravioli with Hen of the Wood mushrooms & beef jus and a Mexican Chocolate Budino with coconut whipped cream and sesame crunch. Best of all this is available daily!
Enjoy a taste of Spring during winter this dineL.A. with a $25 3-course lunch offering from the couple behind Church & State, Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi. Begin your meal with a Soup D’Hiver with sunchoke, salsify and celery soup, chives, and crostini and end it with a Louis XV dessert made with jivara valrhona chocolate, crunchy filbert, chocolate crumble, and praline. Keep in mind this is only available Tuesday-Friday.
Insider Information: Something not advertised on the dineL.A. website, Spring also offers a $6 red or white wine as well as an $8 specialty cocktail!
Ink by Michael Voltaggio is a newcomer for the Exclusive Series, presented by American Express, and is setting the bar high with a 4-course tasting of truffles for $95. Highlights include the Truffle Risotto with carolina rice and truffle studded scallops as well as the Tournedos Rossini, a holstein beef tenderloin with foie gras shavings and truffle gelee.
What’s for dessert…you’ll have to find out for yourself 🙂