LA Weekend Planner: Beats Bistro, Roast Chicken, More
If you're not into the one-on-one date night thing, grab a bunch of friends for barbecue and beer at Bludso's Bar & Que on Friday, February 14. For one night only, the restaurant will accept reservations for parties of one through one hundred, and reserve for four or more people, and your table will receive one free pitcher of beer (609 N. La Brea Ave.; 323-931-2583).
For something a little more funky, there's Gotta Funky Sole: Lover's Edition at Downtown LA's Grand Central Park. In addition to live bands and DJs throwing some groovy-love beats, and food trucks like Oooh La La Crepes, Cousins Maine Lobster and The Grilled Cheese Truck supplying the eats. The Echo hosts a full bar on the lawn. Admission is free, but food and drinks are pay as you go. 8 PM-1 AM (200 N. Grand Ave.).
For more food and music, check out Henry Lawrence Presents Beats Bistro: LA Soul at the Troubadour on Sunday, February 16. The new series features local bands and local chefs, this time with a soulful slant. Three bands, including Rozzi Crane, take the stage, and chef Alisa Reynolds (My Two Cents) prepares soul food dishes for the night. The chef's table is sold out, but general admission ($20) gets you admission and a few complimentary bites (9081 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-276-1158).
President's Day This
Celebrate the Monday holiday or a belated Valentine's date night with roast chicken for two at Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake. Every Monday chef Vartan Abgaryan prepares za'atar-coated whole roast chicken, a few sides like roasted cauliflower with raisins and almonds and condiments for $48. All bottles of wine are half price on Mondays, to boot. That's a great way to save some Washingtons and Lincolns (3626 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-666-6116