Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 1/10/2013


Guilt-free Dining

Celebrity Chef and New York Times best selling author Devin Alexander is preparing various dishes that are under 500 calories at Manhattan Beach’s Shade Hotel. Many of the cocktails served at Shade are less than 200 calories.  Devin’s 30-Days of Divinely Decadent Selections menu features breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the dishes include a breakfast banana split, grilled chicken enchiladas or three-cheese spinach lasagna. 1221 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach (310)546-4995.


Auntie Em’s Kitchen

Start with healthy eating choices in 2013 by visiting Auntie Em’s Kitchen for a weekly detox brunch. Owner and Chef Terri Wahl is offering patrons an easy way to stay on a healthy diet. The ingredients she uses in her dishes are known to enhance digestion and curb over-eating. Some of the entrées include a green spinach scramble with egg whites. Wahl’s brown rice breakfast bowl is nutritious. Her crab, black kale and egg white scramble arrives with whole grain toast. Brunch is served Sat. and Sun. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dishes range from $9.95 to $12.95. 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd. (323)255-0800.


AOC Moving Sale

Help AOC lighten their moving load by purchasing a bottle of red wine for 30 to 50 percent off while enjoying your last meal at the current location. In just a couple weeks, AOC is moving down the street to a historic restaurant site. All French red, Italian red and domestic wines are available at this special discount, while supplies last. 8022 E. Third St. (323)653-6359.


Not a Pop-Up

Tonight at Square One Dining, Jeremy Fox is offering a five-course dinner for $50 per person. There is a vegetarian option. Dinners are BYOB. Wines to complement the meal can be ordered at Domaine LA and will be delivered and waiting for you at the restaurant. 4854 Fountain Ave. (323)451-1767 www.thisisnotapopup.com


XEN Lounge Happy Hour

Chef Neil Shuman is offering American comfort cuisine with many plates under $8 during Happy Hour. Try the crispy ravioli, turkey sliders or chicken osso buco. The Happy Hour menu is available daily from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the XEN Lounge. 10628 Ventura Blvd. (818)505-3513.


dineLA Restaurant Week

Enjoy 12 consecutive-day dining specials at some of Los Angeles’ premier restaurants from Jan. 21 through Feb.1. Try a three-course special menu at a discounted price. It’s a great way to introduce new customers to restaurants located in different neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. Go to www.discoverLosAngeles.com/dineLA to obtain a list of participating restaurants.


dineLA at The Parish

Casey Lane is serving an English gastropub three-course dinner for $45 during dineLA Restaurant week starting on Jan. 21. His signature rotisserie chicken with savory bread pudding is on the menu. Finish with a mint chip ice cream sandwich. The Parish opens at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. 840 S. Spring St. (213)225-240


Fig & Olive Melrose Place

Executive Chef Pascal Lorange is offering a French-Riviera inspired three-course lunch during dineLA for $25 and dinner for $45. Some of the specialties offered include truffle mushroom croquettes, salmon ceviche crostone, grilled flounder and filet mignon. A dessert crostini with Amerena cherry, mascarpone, and pistachio on shortbread with micro-basil is the last course. Lunch begins at noon. 8490 Melrose Pl. (310)360-9100.



Slater’s 50/50

The January burger of the month is the Bloody Mary burger. Start with a special 50/50 Sterling burger patty combined with Bloody Mary spices and flavors including Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce. It’s topped with grilled tomatoes, garlic stuffed olive tapenade and bacon vodka sauce. This special burger is served on a bacon pretzel bun and stabbed with a celery stalk. 61 North Raymond Ave. (626) 765-9700.


Napa Valley Grille

Enjoy a rustic wine country lunch for $20 during dineLA week. Chef Taylor Boudreaux is also preparing a $35 dinner that includes housemade mushroom agnolotti, mussels and clams; pan seared salmon and braised short ribs. The meal ends with butterscotch bread pudding. Lunch begins at 11:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. 1100 Glendon Ave. #100 (310)824-3322.


Coupa Café

Enjoy Venezuelan flavors during California Restaurant month now until Jan. 31. Try traditional Venezuelan sweet fried plantains layered with fresh white cheese and raw hardened sugar cane pulp for a special price at $8. The Cocada milkshake is $4. 419 N. Canon Dr. (310)385-0420.



Executive Chef Tim Carey is offering gourmet three-course meal for $37 per person. Last week guests started with a sweetbreads meuniere or truffle scramble. Entrees include Ling Cod with salsify variations or Niman Ranch pork duo with apple purée and confit potato. Add black winter truffles to any dish for an extra $20. Finish with a cheese plate or special dessert. See the latest menu at  www.papillesla.com. 6221 Franklin Ave. (323)871-2026.


Meatless Monday

Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger of STREET team up with Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Food Sisters to host a vegan mash up dinner on Jan. 14 at STREET. All the dishes are from The Street Food and Spork-Fed cookbooks. The chefs will be selling and signing their books all evening. Try the beer battered avocado tacos paired with a tequila tamarindo cooler. The baby beet, arugula and frisée salad and tofu and hearts of palm crab cakes are topped with Macadamia basil. Desserts are mini spiced sugar donuts drizzled with warm chocolate sauce. Dinner is $55 per person with an optional $15 beverage pairing. 742 N. Highland Ave. (323)203-0500.


Burger Lounge’s Wild Game Burger

Try the seasonal Smokey Wild Boar burger topped smoked cheddar cheese, hand-cut onion rings and housemade bbq sauce this month and in February. Enter a contest to win the ultimate “Super Party” for the winner and 100 guests on Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3. Entries are accepted until midnight on Jan. 23, 2013 at www.burgerlounge.com/superparty. 8539 W. Sunset Blvd. (310)289-9250.


Islands Restaurant

The classic East Coast sandwich meets a West Coast burger with a twist. The new Nalu Nalu burger is inspired by the famous Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Nalu in Hawaiian means “wave.” The $10.79 burger is served with roasted garlic aioli, provolone cheese, sautéed onions, peppers and hot peppers. Islands is an NFL game watching headquarters. Enjoy a Big Wave burger with cheese and any 16 oz. draft beer for $10 all day and night on game days. This special is available during NFL playoffs, Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. 10948 W. Pico Blvd. (310)474-1144


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Start the New Year with a Prime Rib dinner on Sundays until Feb. 10. The three-course prix fixe for $29.95 includes a choice of salad, followed by prime rib with a trio of sauces and one of Fleming’s 10 side dishes, like Fleming’s potatoes, chipotle macaroni and cheese, sautéed or creamed corn or spinach, and more. End the evening with a New York cheesecake or chocolate lava cake. For a lighter dessert the fresh berries with Chantilly cream are a healthier alternative. 800 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)745-9911, 252 N. Beverly Dr. (310)278-8710 or 2301 Rosecrans Ave. (310)643-6911.


Wirtshaus Stein Club

There are a few spots available to join an exclusive members-only beer club at Wirtshaus. Entrance into the club is granted to those who drink at least one pint of each Wirtshaus draft beers within a three-month period. Entrance into the club does not carry a membership fee. All members receive a special club t-shirt, a membership card, and an engraved nameplate about the stein of their choice. Members are invited to special member-only events and receive one free stein of each new beer that is featured per month. 345 N. La Brea Ave. (323)931-9291.


Dining Charity event at Beverly Hills High School

United for a Cause is happy to have their fourth annual charity fundraiser on Jan. 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come enjoy a chili cook-off, food trucks, silent auction, dance performances and a live DJ at a charity fundraiser to help fight cancer and multiple sclerosis. Concern Foundation and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will benefit from this family fun event. Local vendors and food trucks include Burger Lounge, Factors Deli, Pinkberry, El Tapatio Taco Tacos and Peet’s Coffee. 241 Moreno Dr. (818)599-5936.


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