Deals & Events
LA Dining Deals and Events, May 19-25By Lesley Balla
May 19, 2014
Monday, May 19
You can now craft your own burger at Nick & Stef's downtown. Chef Megan Logan created an array of unique toppings and condiments for the Black Angus burgers (blended with dry-aged fat for extra goodness), plus side dishes like garlic fries, special libations, wines by the glass and draft beer. Because the menu basically brings together the best of the steakhouse, you can get wacky with things like a crab-topped burger, Caesar salad-inspired burger or even one crowned with mac and cheese. Check out the menu here. Available 4 PM to close in the bar and on the patio (330 S Hope St.; 213-680-0330).
Tuesday, May 20
Chef David Lentz has created a four-course menu to go along with Habit Wine at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood tonight. Both he and winemaker Jeff Fisher (who also plays a character named Jeff on American Dad) will be in the house. Dinner with wine is $85 per person, and reservations are strongly recommended (the regular a la carte menu will not be available tonight). On the other side of town, join Sotto's Festa del Rosato, a sampling of five rose wines with snacks on the patio. Tickets are $30 per person; email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Wednesday, May 21
'Tis the season for graduation, and Oliver's Prime, the new Sunset Strip steakhouse, is ready to celebrate. From now until June 30, every new grad who shows his/her diploma will receive a free 18 oz. bone-in rib eye or 10 oz. filet mignon steak. Martinis, should they be old enough to drink them, are all on you (8462 Sunset Blvd.; 800-821-3660).
Thursday, May 22
The steakes frites-only L’Assiette is moving beyond just serving steak frites. Well, late-night anyway. Every night from 9:30 PM during the week (10 PM on the weekends), you can now get things like the chef's version of poutine made with prime culotte over pommes frites with roasted goat cheese; open-face beef sandwiches; and steak salads at the bar. Prices hover around $12-$14 and select beer and wines are only $5 (7166 Melrose Ave.; 323-274-2319).
Friday, May 23
For a change of pace this holiday weekend, check out the new spring menus at The Churchill and The Hudson in West Hollywood. At The Churchill, you'll find things like green lip mussels steamed with herbs and beer; cured salmon tartare with cucumber-jalapeno salsa and fingerling potato chips; and ricotta ravioli topped with a duck egg. The Hudson has panko-crusted blue crab cakes with charred sweet corn salsa; burrata and asparagus with field greens; and a steak sandwich with roasted poblano peppers and chimichurri.
Saturday, May 24
You know what cheesesteaks and tapas taste like from José Andrés's repertoire at The Bazaar, now taste his burger creation. The José Andrés Burger, a ground pork and cured ham patty topped with piquillo pepper confit, caramelized onion and Manchego cheese, is now available at all Umami Burger locations across the country. One dollar from the sale of each burger will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian organization launched by Andrés that focuses on smart solutions to hunger and poverty.
Sunday, May 25
If you love Monopoly and can handle Main Street in Santa Monica, check out MAINopoly today fro 2-8 PM. Set up like a big interactive board game, attendees will get Monopoly dollars to spend on food and drink specials at participating restaurants, cafes and bars, and there will be beer gardens, photo booths and more holiday weekend fun around the neighborhood. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Get more info here.