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LA Dining Deals and Events, Sept. 16-22

By Lesley Balla
September 16, 2013
Photo by: Casa Vega

Monday, September 16
Where will you be celebrating National Guacamole Day today? We suggest Valley stalwart Casa Vega, where the first 25 people to say “¡Ole for Guacamole!” today will receive a free order of guac and warm tortilla chips. Get the guac made tableside at both the West Hollywood and Downtown Rosa Mexicano locations. Or slip into Petty Cash Taqueria, where the guac is topped with fresh uni in thebomb.com.

Tuesday, September 17
Along the same theme, Tortilla Republic celebrates Mexico’s 203rd Independence Day with $2.03 tacos and a two-course prix fixe dinner for $20.30 today (and Monday) (616 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-657-9888). And Joe's in Venice celebrates 22 years on Abbot Kinney with gratis glasses of bubbly to all who dine there for lunch or dinner today (1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-399-5811).

Wednesday, September 18
Basement Tavern, the funky speakeasy below The Victorian in Santa Monica, has bluegrass and wing specials on Wednesdays. Chipotle-BBQ, honey-hot, classic Buffalo and Jamaican jerk chicken wings are only 50 cents apiece all night long, and live music starts at 9 PM (2640 Main St.; 310-396-2469). 

Thursday, September 19
Chef Jean Pierre Bosc celebrates all things Lyonnaise at Kendall's Brasserie downtown with a special menu starting this week. Among the dishes you'll find at the Downtown restaurant, there's Lyonnais sausage with warm du Puy lentil salad and ravigotte sauce; frisee salad with bacon lardons and a poached egg; fried whole tiny smelt with tartar sauce; braised pork cheeks with andouillette sausage, blood sausage, pork belly confit and potato puree; sauteed sweet breads with lemon confit; and bugnes Lyonnaise, or pastry fritters with roasted figs and Chantilly cream, or a traditional tarte tatin for dessert. Everything is a la carte or served as a tasting menu, and available now through September 29 (135 N. Grand Ave.; 213-972-7322).

Friday, September 20
Mari Vanna now serves lunch daily from noon to 3 PM, which means you can get light blinis with house-smoked salmon, refreshing cold beet and cucumber soup, and handmade veal pelmeni (lovely little dumplings), and chicken shashlik, or Eastern European kebabs during the day. The pretty patio at the new West Hollywood hideaway is just the right setting (8475 Melrose Place; 323-655-1977).

Saturday, September 21
Oktoberfest begins today at Bierbeisl in Beverly Hills, which means traditional snacks like steckerlfisch (fish on a stick), radieschen (salted radish) and brezeln (pretzels) to entrees including like roast pork done two ways (hot and cold), roast duck with dumplings and red cabbage and more. Don't forget chef Bernhard Mairinge's seasonal sausage offerings at the bar (9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-271-7274).

Sunday, September 22
This is the last chance to hit Laurent Quenioux's LQ Foodings at Vertical Wine Bistro before he takes the pop-up on the road and heads to London for a couple months. The six-course menu includes dishes like wild Scottish hare pie, skate wing tempura, chestnut rice pudding and more, plus the additional cheese cart featuring more than 40 cheeses and accoutrements. $48 per person. September 22-23 and October 6-7. Make reservations here (70 North Raymond Ave.; 626-795-3999).

Places Mentioned

Casa Vega

Mexican • Sherman Oaks

Food20 Decor18 Service20 Cost$30
 
 
 
Petty Cash Taqueria

Mexican • Fairfax

Food23 Decor19 Service21 Cost$38
 
 
 
Rosa Mexicano

Mexican • Downtown

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$42
 
 
 
Rosa Mexicano Restaurant

Mexican • West Hollywood

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$42
 
 
 
Joe's Restaurant

French • Venice Beach

Food26 Decor22 Service24 Cost$55
 
 
 
Mari Vanna

Russian • Beverly Grove

Food- Decor- Service- CostVE
 
 
 
Kendall's Brasserie and Bar

French • Downtown

Food20 Decor21 Service21 Cost$52
 
 
 
Vertical Wine Bistro

French • Pasadena

Food23 Decor24 Service23 Cost$41
 
 
 
 
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