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LA Dining Deals and Events, July 21-27

By Lesley Balla
July 21, 2014
Photo by: Pot

Monday, July 21: If you’re really into the movie Chef and that El Jefe Cubano sandwich, head to Animal tonight. Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo welcome Roy Choi and Jon Favreau for the evening and theyr'e all collaborating on the menu. There’s a $75 multi-course feast inside, including dishes such as hamachi ceviche with mojo vinaigrette; fried market corn with garlic lime butter; roasted mojo chicken with yellow rice, black beans and yucca frita. Outside on the patio, those Cubanos are available to-go for $9 (cash only). Should the sit-down diners wish to have a sandwich, you can order one to-go, as well. Reservations are already sold out but walk-ins are available at the bar. The night of fun starts at 6 PM (435 N Fairfax Ave.; 323-782-9225).

Tuesday, July 22: In honor of National Grilling Month, chef Anthony Jacquet at Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at The Grove has a special $35 menu every week that includes a grilled entrée and drink pairing. This week it’s a half grilled lobster with charred figs for dessert and either a Boostrap cocktail or Russian River Temptation Blonde Ale. Available until Sunday (189 The Grove Dr.; 323-931-0202).

Wednesday, July 23: There are only a few more days to take advantage of the DineLA Restaurant Week deals. Here are some fantastic lunch bargains. You can also find lunch and dinner at more than 300 restaurants across the Southland through Sunday.

Thursday, July 24: If you want to splurge a bit more, Josiah Citrin is offering a special Dine Melisse menu this week through Friday to commemorate his Santa Monica restaurant’s 15th anniversary. Get five courses for $85, which is a real bargain for the mainstay (1104 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-395-0881).

Friday, July 25: Another day, another new night market. Tonight, the first MPK Night Market launches in Monterey Park with food from vendors and trucks, art, carnival games and live entertainment. For the 21-and-over set, there’s also a beer and wine garden — the first for the city. 5-10:30 PM. Entrance is free (350 S. McPherrin Ave.)

Saturday, July 26: Because cupcakes will never go out of style, just make yours more stylish at the Shabby Chic Cupcakes decorating class at Duff Goldman's Charm City Cakes West. Participants will decorate and take home six cupcakes, as they gain skills in piping, icing and fondant techniques from one of the cake masters. $100 per person; ages 14 and up. 11 AM. Reserve here (8301 Melrose Ave.).

Sunday, July 27: The Hungry Cat's famous Crabfest is back in Hollywood today. Ten years in, the all-crab extravaganza is one of the best ways to celebrate summer, especially if Maryland-style spiced and steamed blue crabs is a part of your repertoire. In addition to six crustaceans, the five-course menu includes other dishes, like crab salad, crab soup, a soft-shell crab po’ boy, and dulce de leche panna cotta. All for $75 per person. Boozy fun includes cocktail and beer specials. 1-7 PM (1535 N. Vine St.; 323-462-2155).

Places Mentioned

Animal Restaurant

New American • Fairfax

Food26 Decor20 Service24 Cost$59
 
 
 
Mélisse

French • Santa Monica

Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$155
 
 
 
The Hungry Cat

Seafood • Hollywood

Food24 Decor19 Service22 Cost$51
 
 
 
 
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