Not only do we love finding things to do in Los Angeles, but we’re constantly trying new places to eat as well.
That said, we’re putting together a weekly listing of some of the best new spots, special menus, great deals, and tasty happy hours that you just might want to keep on your radar as you continue a culinary exploration of the city of angels.
This weeks picks includes speciality menus for dineL.A., North African Tacos, whiskey flights, a Fat Dog pop-up, and a collaboration between Coolhaus and Clover.
As always, hope this week’s rundown helps inspire to you try something new.
The Best of This Week
1. Clover Coolhaus Collaboration
Local and organic cold-pressed juice company Clover has partnered with Coolhaus on two new vegan products. Clover has created a nut milk inspired by their favorite Coolhaus ice cream flavor, chocolate salted caramel and Coolhaus has created an ice cream inspired by their favorite Clover cold-pressed Green Juice. Caramel Salé is a chocolate salted caramel nut milk made from almond, cashew, cacao powder, medjool dates, maca, pink Himalayan salt, and water. Green Juice is a coconut-milk based ice cream with spirulina, banana, vanilla bean, candied dates and toasted coconut shreds. The ice cream sandwiches can be found at Coolhaus locations and the Green Juice ice cream can be found at Clover on La Brea.
2. Matthew Biancaniello’s Summer Pop Up At The Fat Dog
Matthew Biancaniello’s Summer Pop Up happens every Wednesday on the beautiful patio of The Fat Dog NoHo in the Arts District. From 6:00pm to 11:00pm the ultra-talented and innovative Biancaniello fills the patio bar with a stunning array of fresh herbs, flowers and produce, with everything either bought that morning from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, or freshly grown/foraged by the chef himself. Cuban Oregano, Gaviota strawberries, amazing muscat grapes, or tiny currant tomatoes all make their way into a glass with spirits like White Fir Infused Tequila and Candy Cap Mushroom infused bourbon. This is a real treat as Biancaniello is one of the most sought after Cocktail innovators in L.A.
3. Sherry Yard Hosts Farmers Market Dinner At Tanzy Westwood
Tanzy Westwood, known for sourcing local farm fresh ingredients, will host a four-course prix fixe menu and wine-pairing by three-time James Beard award winning chef Sherry Yard on Wednesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Available for $50 a person (includes tax and gratuity) with a $30 per person wine pairing option.
4. Brunch At The Wallace
The Wallace, located in the heart of Culver City, is now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Known for serving seasonally inspired shared plates focusing on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, Executive Chef Joel David Miller has created a menu of updated brunch favorites, fresh baked pastries, and new sweet and savory signatures. Highlights include: Praline French Toast, Biscuits n’ Gravy and Salmon Gravlax.
5. Steak & Whisky’s Whiskey Flights
The newly opened Hermosa Beach steakhouse Steak & Whisky is currently offering two new whisky tasting flights, featuring selections from High West (Park City, Utah) and Tuthilltown (Hudson, New York) distilleries. To highlight the flavors of each whisky, Chef/Owner Tin Vuong and Executive Chef John Shaw pair the flights with a small housemade charcuterie board served on a whisky barrel stave, with a sampling of cheese, cured meats, pickles, and seasonal vegetables. Each flight is comprised of four tastes representative of the respective distillery’s whisky lineup, showing the depth and range of what the company produces. High West flights are $22 and Tuthilltown are $32.
6. Salt & Straw Dessert Pop Up at The Shore Hotel
Starting Thursday, July 16, Santa Monica’s eco-chic Shore Hotel, located on Ocean Ave. just steps from the Santa Monica Pier is hosting a dessert pop-up inviting summer concertgoers (from the nearby Twilight Concert Series) along with passerby to stop by for a delicious treat. From 4:30pm to 7:30pm Salt & Straw a small batch ice cream company that partners with local artisans, producers, and farmers to create one-of-a-kind, gourmet flavors will be serving their tasty frozen treats like Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts, Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet and Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese to name a few.
7. dineLA Resturant Week at Terrine
Terrine is a California Brasserie by Chef Kris Morningstar (Knife Fight Judge!) serving up rustic food inspired by the French classics, cooked with a California flair. For dineLA highlights include a crispy pork belly dish served with peaches, farro and black vinegar.
8. dineLA Resturant Week at Redbird
A modern American menu offered in a super cool restaurant space, Chef Neal Fraser’s Redbird offers seasonable, shareable plates full of ambitious flavors and inventive techniques. For dineLA highlights include Mary’s Spit Roasted Chicken with preserved lemon, olives, wild fennel and carrots.
9. dineLA Resturant Week at The Gadarene Swine
The Gadarene Swine is Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s plant based eatery located in
Burbank Studio City. Innovative and playful the dineLA family style chefs tasting menu includes tasty dishes like hand rolled pasta, blackened cauliflower and fried olives stuffed with olives, drizzled with honey, reminiscent of a beignet!
10. dineLA Resturant Week at Scratch|Bar
Another Chef Phillip Frankland Lee restaurant that is a must try located in Beverly Hills on Restaurant Row, Scratch|Bar is the meat and seafood version of the above mentioned Gadarene Swine. A family style course menu of beef chips with yogurt and caviar, pork belly and raw oyster with coconut and chamomile are highlights of the dineLA menu.
11. dineLA Resturant Week at Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower located in the WaterMarke Tower in DTLA’s South Park district is a modern expression of Californian rustic cuisine drawing flavor profiles from East Asia, Latin America, Mediterranean, and North Africa. Executive Chef Michael Hung, formerly of San Francisco’s Michelin-starred La Folie is serving up a dineLA menu that includes a confit duck leg, crisped in a wood oven along side creamed corn and lightly cured plums. For dessert a strawberry semifreddo with vanilla ultra cream, macerated berries and strawberry “chicharron” is well worth the dineLA deal.
Deals + Discounts
12. Belcampo Meat Co.
Belcampo Meat Co. located inside the Grand Central Market in DTLA focus on providing delicious, organic, and humane meat you can feel good about buying and eating. Sandwiches and dishes at this butcher shop counter are over $10 but you can order their fast burger for a modest $5 it comes with a perfectly grilled beef patty, melted cheese, and bun.
13. Prime Pizza
Craving a legit New York slice? Will Prime Pizza located on Fairfax Avenue seems to be your best option. Slices start at just $2.75! Order some garlic knots to go along with your cheaply awesome pizza you won’t regret it.
Farid Zadi’s North African taco joint has a value menu where snack sized laffa wraps of beans and cheese are $1.27, tofu tagine or charred vegetables and beans are $1.67, the black eyed pea falafel are $1.87 and the chicken and beans wraps are $1.87. You can order all four for under $8!
Happy Hour Picks
15. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The coffee and tea retailer is keeping cool this summer with a new Happy Hour on ice blended drinks every day from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Fans can order their favorite Ice Blended® drinks for half off at all participating locations.
16. Thursday Oyster Night At Cliff’s Edge
$1 fresh shucked oysters from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. plus drink specials in a unique tree house like setting but for adults!
17. Totes Juices
Totes Juice has fun with their juices naming them YOLO and Apple tini, the juicery also makes a selection of seasonal cocktails with fresh ingredients daily. From 4:00pm to 5:00pm they do a happy hour which is completely unheard off for a juice bar! All 16 ounce juices are $1 off.
Cole’s is renowned for their French Dip sandwiches, and the happy hour doesn’t disappoint on that front. Discounts include getting a $5 French dip slider trio, a $6 Old Fashioned, and $1 fries or tots.
19. Fig & Olive
FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place offers a midday getaway to the French Riviera with the Aperitivo Menu. Prices range from $7 to $9 and is served from 5:00pm to 7:00pm daily in the restaurant’s bar & lounge area. Menu features appetizer-style tasting plates ($7) from the South of France, Spain, and Italy served alongside refreshing cocktails ($9) such as FIG & OLIVE’s signature Piscine with champagne and strawberries, as well as wines by the glass ($9).
20. Abigaile’s R&D Happy Hour
Abigaile’s R&D Happy Hour happens Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This is a chance for the kitchen to experiment with new menu items and gain guest feedback. The menus changes daily, though recent dishes have included: pork belly with spicy mole, white bean puree and smoked Oaxaca cheese, curry fried noodles with chicken and asian slaw and their variation of the Dirty Dog made with caramelized onion, jalapeno, mayo and sauerkraut. In addition a daily changing R&D cocktail will be highlighted for the hour.
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