By Jill Weinlein, 5/24/2012
Beer & Memorial Day
Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend and Golden Road Brewing is offering “buy one, get one free” beers for all veterans and active service members on Mon., May 28. Brunch service will be extended to include Memorial Day. The special Beers and Bikes event at these gastropubs has been changed to June 16. Tony’s Dart’s Away 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank (818)253-1710, Mohawk Bend 2141 Sunset Blvd. (323)483-2337 and Golden Road Brewing 5430 W. San Fernando Blvd. (213)537-4655.
The eco-conscious burger concept at Burger Lounge is offering free burgers in honor of National Burger Day. On Mon., May 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. celebrate with a free 100% grass-fed beef burger or a wild salmon burger. The turkey burger and Quinoa veggie burgers are also included in the promotion. Limit one burger per guest. 8539 W. Sunset Blvd. (310)289-9250.
House-made white sangrias are being served Memorial weekend. Enjoy a glass of white wine sangria with a touch of gin, pineapple, oranges, green apples, raspberries, lemons and yuzu bitters for $8 a glass or $15 for bottomless. Holiday weekend specials served by Chef Jessica Christensen are offered Sat. through Mon. 9739 Culver Blvd. (310)838-9739.
On June 1, sit 21 floors above downtown’s Financial District and enjoy a great glass of white or red wine, complimentary gourmet bites by Takami and an hour of live music. Come by yourself or bring some friends. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Guests may stay in the Elevate Lounge until 2 a.m. Takami Sushi and Robata, 811 Wilshire Blvd. Buy tickets at lawinetasting.com
Happy Hour at West Hollywood’s modern Mexican Grill, Tortilla Republic, opens Tues. through Sun. at 4 p.m. Sit outdoors for al-fresco dining or relax inside at the white onyx bar. Menu items range from $2 to $6. 616 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)657-9888.
Brunch is back with a Cobb omelet, short rib hash and build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with over 300 different combinations. Larchmont Grill gives back by donating 10percent of every sale on Wednesdays (throughout the day and evening) to a local charitable organization. For the month of May, Larchmont Grill is supporting the hard-working teachers at Fairfax High School. Don’t forget about the nightly delivery option. Delivery begins from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. 5750 Melrose Ave. (323)464-4277.
Fig & Olive
A new three-course prix-fixe weekend brunch is available on Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. for $32. The menu includes unlimited brunch cocktails (Bellini, Piscine, Bloody Mary, Sangria or juices and soda.) Choose from a fresh starter, like gazpacho, an entrée, such as the truffle mushroom and fontina scrambled eggs, and finish with coffee and biscotti. Send an email to email@example.com for your chance to win a complimentary brunch for you and three others at Fig & Olive. 8490 Melrose Place, (310)360-9100.
On Mon., June 4 come enjoy various lobster dishes. Start with a baked cherry margarita to accompany a three-course meals. The lobster tortilla soup is followed by tacos served family style with fresh Maine lobster, peach chipotle salsa, cannellini beans, garlic rice, warm flour or corn tortillas. Dessert is churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. The three-course meal is $55 per person. 8225 Beverly Blvd. (323)655-6566.
Tonight is Noche de Paella. Enjoy delicious tapas, paella and dessert for $50 per person. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. On Mondays, take a trip to a different wine region around the world with their “Flights & Bites” program. Two flights of wine from the region is offered, with each flight only $12. Small plates – or bites – of cuisine from the region are only $10 each. So for $22. you can have a flight and a bite from a wine capital of the world. 8022 W. Third St. (323)653-6359.
National Salad Month
Celebrate at M Café with a signature Fiesta M chopped salad for $11.95. The salad is served with corn, avocado, tomato, black bean, Ume radish, crispy lavash, cilantro, and tofu cheese on romaine with chipotle ranch dressing, and will be available now through Sun., May 27 during lunch and dinner at both locations. Chef Lee Gross, resident macrobiotic guru, who trained at the Kushi Institute in Becket, MA, the mecca for macrobiotics, offers new spring menu items that include Barley and Green Garbanzo Salad, Kale & Shitake Ohitashi, Spelt Berry Salad, and the Chickpea & Dandelion Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing. 7119 Melrose Ave. (323)525-0588 and 9433 Brighton Way (310)858-8459.
Dinner and a Movie
LA Market Restaurant and LIVE Nokia Plaza are serving a special summer promotion that includes a three-course dinner menu at Kerry Simons LA Market and a movie ticket to any movie at Regal Cinemas for $30 per person with one adult movie ticket and $20 per child. Park in Lot 4 and receive a Regal Cinema validation. Parking is $5 for the first four hours. This special event begins at 5:5- nightly at LA Market and runs until Aug. 30, 2012. Additional surcharges apply for 3D or premiere cinema movies. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)765-8600.
Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Eat, See and Stay in the Coachella Valley from June 1 through Sun. June 10 for a special price. More than 65 restaurants will offer $24 or $36 three-course prix fixe dinner menus. Hotels will offer special rates and other perks to visitors who mention Restaurant Week when they make their reservation. Spas, open air jeep tours, sightseeing adventures and entertainment will be offered with discounted tickets. For more information, go to www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com.