LA Weekend Planner: Chinese Restaurant Week, Free BBQ, MoreBy Lesley Balla
March 6, 2014
DineLA's Restaurant Week is a great way to sample LA's general culinary scene. But starting this weekend there's the Chinese Cuisine Festival, a chance to romp through some of the most authentic restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley. Restaurants like the super popular Chengdu Taste, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Duck House and Wok B.B.Q will have special menus available alongside the regular offerings from Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 16. Check the website for the full list.
Sunday, March 9 is bring your own dough day at Pasadena's new Grist & Toll flour mill. This means Michael O'Malley's Mobile Oven will be wide open for anyone who wants to throw in their own boule, sourdough loaf or baguette. Just show up between 11 AM and 3 PM for the oven, nosh on bread and peruse the Local Hive artisanal goods pop-up market inside. More info here (990 S. Arroyo Parkway).
It's a weekend of anniversaries. On Saturday, Bludso's Bar & Que celebrates one year on La Brea Boulevard with $1 PBRs, the regular cocktail menu and complimentary barbecue sandwiches. That's right, free brisket, pulled pork, chicken and chopped rib sandwiches. You'll also be able to get those sandwiches for lunch during the week, which officially begins on Monday, March 10, from 11:30 AM-3 PM. Only they won't be free then. The birthday celebration takes place March 8 from 10 PM to midnight (609 N. La Brea Ave.; 323-931-2583).
On Sunday, March 9, Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts fete five years for their Redondo Beach gastropub Hudson House with a beer garden and brunch specials. Expect grilled burgers and pulled pork sandwiches; seafood or wild game sausage sandwiches; cheesy umami buttered corn on the cob; bacon caramel popcorn; and to drink, spicy watermelon margaritas and pints from the Stone Brewing beer truck. Festivities go from 1-5 PM in the beer garden, but the restaurant will be open and serving the regular menu inside all night (514 North Pacific Coast Hwy; 310-798-9183).