LA Weekend Planner: Fourth of July Deals and PartiesBy Lesley Balla
July 2, 2014
Bucato: Instead of closing on what might be a slow night, chef Evan Funke is serving an Italian-American menu at his Culver City spot on Friday, July 4. Look for his takes on garlic knots, spaghetti and meatballs, Jidori chicken parm and tiramisu on special during regular business hours, 5-11:30 PM.
Sunny Spot: Already an urban picnic oasis, the outdoor parking lot at Roy Choi and David Reiss' restaurant becomes the Stoli Spot, a beach-themed party that runs Friday-Sunday. There will be sand, shade, games, spiked lemonades from the Stoli truck and brown bag lunches including sliders, plantains and pineapple lollipops. 11 AM-7 PM all three days.
Border Grill: There's an all-day happy hour at the Downtown location, with specials on food, drinks and even burrito boxes to-go. The $5 all-day parking in the garage makes this an obvious stop before the fireworks and block party at the nearby Grand Park.
The Churchill: How about a soft shell crab and shrimp boil? Chef Michael Bryant is cooking up an Old Bay-spiced feast with soft shells, tiger prawns, sweet corn, potatoes and chorizo. Plates are $15 per person Friday-Sunday. After that, the combo will be a regular weekend special with other shellfish replacing the soft shell crabs when they're out of season.
Angel City Brewery: Never passing up a reason to party, the Arts District brewpup and public house celebrates the holiday with 'Merica Fest on Friday, July 4. Look for food trucks, apple pies from neighboring The Pie Hole, firecracker pops from Si Paletas, beer (of course) and lawn games, live music and more. Wear your finest red, white and blue get-ups — the best outfits will win gift certificates. Noon-8 PM.
Hotel Erwin: From the ground floor to the rooftop lounge, there's something for everyone at the Venice Beach hotel. There's a barbecue and beer menu and live music at Barlo Kitchen from 1-6 PM, offering the deal of a hot dog or link and two beers from locally brewed Venice Duck for $20. You'll have to reserve a spot at High if you want to watch the nuttiness on the boardwalk below; there are three seatings (noon-3 PM, 3-7 PM and 7-10 PM) with food and/or drink minimums ($60 per person for the first two and $75 for the third). Special menu offerings include Coca-Cola pulled pork, grilled pretzels and duck sausage.
Wood & Vine: Eschew the fireworks anywhere and watch a movie on the patio at the Hollywood restaurant. There's a special screening of JAWS accompanied by holiday-themed Americana dishes like fried chicken with greens, BBQ pork belly and warm apple pie with Buffalo Trace ice cream. The restaurant and bar is open 6 PM-2 AM, and the screening begins at 9 PM. Reservations are required for patio seating.
Sweet Rose Creamery: Shiho Yoshikawa brings her small-batch artisanal frozen treats from Santa Monica, Brentwood and Mid-City to Downtown LA this weekend. Find market-driven ice creams, ice cream sandwiches, seasonal fruit pops and more at Woo Souvenir Shop in the Arts District (209 S. Garey St.). The kick-off is this weekend, July 5, from 3-9 PM, and she'll be back every weekend after.