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1. RivaBella Launch Sunday Supper Menu
WeHo’s RivaBella has launched a special $25 Sunday supper menu beginning August 10. The three-course dinner includes choices of pizzas, salads, lasagna, flat iron steak, and grilled Scottish salmon, as well as dessert options.
2. Tanzy Westwood Partners with St. Supery Estate for Wine Dinner
On August 11, Tanzy in Westwood is partnering with St. Supery Estate to offer a five course Italian farm to table menu with wine pairings. Available for $100, reservations can be made at 310.307.7004.
3. La Ventura Hosting Tequila Pairing Dinner
On August 12 at 7 p.m., La Ventura is offering a five-course tasting dinner with dishes paired with Herradura Tequilas. Diners will also receive a free bottle of La Ventura’s Double Barrel Tequila. $150 per person, RSVP to 818.358.3423.
4. New Bar, Lounge and Restaurant App
Barfly Social Club at Riviera 31 at the Hotel Sofitel will host a launch party on August 12 for a new smartphone app, providing a list of 50 bars, restaurants, and lounges offering “Social Hours” or member exclusive cocktail and food specials.
5. Dinner Lab Hosts With Love to Mexico Event
On August 14, Dinner Lab will host a “With Love to Mexico” charity dinner event. This is the first time that Dinner Lab will be open to the public for $75 per plate, with all proceeds being donated to Mexico Unido. The evening’s menu will feature some of LA’s best chefs preparing traditional Mexican dishes.
6. Sprinkles Opens at Americana
Sprinkles has opened a location in Glendale at Americana at Brand. The new store is giving away free "Sprinkles S’More" ice cream until August 17.
7. LA Food & Wine Kicks Off August 21
The fourth annual LA Food & Wine Festival will be held August 21 – 24 in downtown Los Angeles. Famous chefs will come together for three nights and four days of epic culinary creations including chef dinners, seminars, and tastings. Tickets are available for purchase on their website .
8. Dave & Buster’s Opens New Hollywood Location
A new branch of Dave & Buster’s will open on August 25 in the Hollywood and Highland complex. The restaurant will offer food, original drinks for this specifiv location, and over 170 arcade games.
9. Lemonade Toluca Lake Opens
Lemonade will open in Toluca Lake on August 25. The new outpost of the seasonally-inpsired, cafeteria-style chain will occupy the building across from Bob’s Big Boy on Riverside Drive.
10. Chaya Venice Presents 19th Annual Garlic Fair
The Westside location of Chaya, Chaya Venice, is now offering special garlic dishes through August 31 including spicy garlic seafood tan-tan soup, Australian Wagyu beef with garlic rice, and a 40 clove grilled rib eye.
11. Café Pinot Welcomes New Exec Chef
Patina Restaurant Group’s Café Pinot has named Joe Vasiloff as it’s new executive chef. Vasiloff previously worked at the group's Ray’s & Stark Bar at the LA County Museum of Art.
12. Pre-Forum Specials at Post & Beam
For the remainder of the LA Forum’s 2014 season, Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills will offer a complimentary dessert with the purchase of any pizza or large plate to guests who present their Forum concert ticket stub for that evening’s show.
13. Settebello Opens in Newport Beach
Settebello, the Napolitano style pizzeria is bringing Italian tradition to Orange County as the chain opens its eighth location at the Crystal Cove Shopping Center in August.
14. Acabar Introduces New Summer Dishes and Cocktails
Hollywood’s Acabar has launched new Mediterranean-inspired summer dishes including summer risotto, northern halibut, roasted quail, and raspada, as well as new cocktails including strawberry-infused tequila, Rittenhouse Rye and sweet vermouth with cherry brandy, and a Demerara Rum Swizzle to its menu.
15. $1 Taco Tuesdays at Saint Rocke
South Bay’s Saint Rocke is now offering free live music and $1 tacos every Tuesday night. Drinks are also on special with $2 beers and $5 margaritas.
16. Complimentary Lunch at The Spa at Terranea
Book a 60-minute or more treatment at The Spa at Terranea and receive a $20 credit for lunch at the Spa Café; call 310.265.2740 to reserve.
17. August is National Sandwich Month
August is national sandwich month and many restaurants are offering sandwich specials, including Eveleigh, Café Rockenwagner, 41 Ocean, and many others.
18. Joan’s on Third Opens in Studio City
A new Studio City outlet of the famous Joan’s on Third will open this month on Ventura Boulevard bringing Joan’s signature gourmet comfort items.
19. 1886 Bar at The Raymond Offers New Summer Menu
The 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Pasadena is offering special summer cocktails including a savory pina colada, a "French 86," "Nine Pieces of Eight," "The Calypso," and "The Age of Piracy," among others.
20. Choctal Video Contest
Choctal ice cream is sponsoring a video contest. Enter a 30-60 second clip for the chance to win cash prizes, Bristol Farms gift cards, and lots of ice cream.
Los Angeles Food and Drink
Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic dining scenes in the USA, covering everything from street food to five-star restaurants. Alongside the best oceanfront dining in Southern California, there’s plenty of places to get authentic, reasonably priced ethnic food, especially tucked away in the neighbourhoods. You won’t need to go more than a few paces to find a drink in LA. From Culver City to Highland Park there’s plenty of choice, from hole-in-the-wall speak-easys to fancy historic watering holes where cocktail making is an art to kitschy themed bars to just a place to stop for a beer or get a good coffee.
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If, for some unfathomable reason, good wine, incredible food, and unadulterated country living isn’t enough to convince you to spend a weekend in Los Alamos, then make the trip simply to stay at Skyview. This iconic roadside motel has been open since 1959, but after a complete renovation in 2018, it was turned into one of the most impressive boutique motels in California. Sitting up on a hill overlooking Los Alamos and the surrounding wine country, Skyview has a fantastic pool area, free beach cruisers to ride around town with, and back-facing rooms with private fire pits and outdoor showers. It’s romantic, retro, and the perfect place to remind yourself why we all pay so much money to live in this state.
At the other end of the scale, this alfresco, BYOB Caribbean counter-service shack within earshot of the ocean serves up hefty and delicious dishes of rice and beans, shrimp, and – of course – jerk chicken. The queue is worth it, but remember to bring your own wine (it doesn’t have a license). Afterwards, walk off your groaning belly on the beach or amid the neon-lit amusements of the Santa Monica pier.
Cha Cha Chicken
1906 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
If you fancy a cup of coffee? Head to Intelligentsia Coffee Bar. Photo: Intelligentsia Coffee Bar
Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill is renowned throughout LA as one of the top-rated Mexican chains in the city. With more than 30 restaurants in all, the majority in LA, it has also succeeded in rising to the top of the market share. Sharky’s has managed this thanks to an innovative menu, packed with fresh ingredients and unique cooking styles, thanks to the vision of founder Steve Paperno. Nachos with fresh guacamole, quesadillas and enchiladas are just some of the classics you’ll find one the menu, along with a range of more unusual Mexican dishes.
Los Angeles: A Tale of Two Pastramis
The pastrami we know and love today is thanks to a wave of Jewish European immigration in the 19th century, but the concept of smoking meat for preservation is ancient. The Romanian recipe used goose breast for pastrami until it hit New York where beef was cheaper. Voila, the pastrami sandwich made of smoked beef brisket is born.
Los Angeles offers two types of pastrami sandwich: the thicker-sliced pastrami found in long-lived, traditional delis and the thinner-sliced sandwich roll creation of diner/grill-type places. If you find yourself in LA craving a hearty, meaty pastrami sandwich, you’ll find one at any of the below:
419 N. Fairfax Ave. LA 90036
Wrestling with a 3 a.m. pastrami craving? We’ve all been there. Head to Canter’s Deli, ready and willing to fill you up 24 hours a day. Family owned since it opened in 1931, Canter’s isn’t lacking on taste or personality. It’s famously the hangout of Guns n’ Roses, and is still beloved by celebrities, families, starving artists, and set dressers alike (“Mad Men” fans will recognize it from season 7). As if this isn’t enough cachet, Canter’s also has the Kibitz Room, an adjoining cocktail lounge added in the ‘60s. The list of bands and artists who’ve hung out in and performed at the Kibitz Room is impressive and long, but we’re talking pastrami here. Sliced with medium thickness (not quite at the Katz level in NYC), it’s incredibly tender and often makes the best-of lists. It takes almost no effort to eat this sandwich. The rye bread is thinly sliced, barely able to contain the mounds of smoked meat, edged with a thick layer of the blackened rub, giving a nice hit of flavor. Slather on some mustard (they have every conceivable type) and you’re in for a treat. Incredibly fast and friendly service, perfect vintage decor, vibrant history, and amazing food (both pastrami and otherwise), Canter’s is a must visit place.
19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324 (two location options)
You better really want pastrami as Brent’s is a bit of a hike, but never will a hike be so well rewarded. Since the late 1960s, Brent’s has been making almost everything on their massive menu from scratch each day and their deli counter tempts you with most of it when you first walk in. Holding court in a strip mall, Brent’s boasts an impressive stained glass window sign and fabulously dated decor. There’s something very welcoming about the dark wood, carpeting, mirrored walls and rotating dessert cases. Their pastrami is sliced on the thin side for a deli, piled high on perfectly crusty rye bread. It’s got a great hit of salt with each bite, but doesn’t leave you gulping down water. The fat keeps it tender and juicy, but is largely trimmed away, making each bite the perfect texture. Dress it up in either of the housemade mustards, tangy or sweet, and you’ve got yourself a helluva sandwich. If you’ve got room, (even if you don’t, be a champion) finish it off with some blintzes.
8017 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Greenblatt’s is unusual for a number of reasons: it opened this location in 1926 when Sunset Boulevard was still a dirt road it has fed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holiday, F. Scott Fitzgerald (the august list goes on) and in addition to being a deli, it’s also a wine store. Their slogan is “The Wine Merchant that Fronts As A Deli,” so if you’ve had your fill of pastrami at this point, you can still peruse their impressive inventory. It’s a narrow entrance of tables, wine shop on one side, deli counter at the other, more tables on the second floor, giving you the sense you’re in a cramped New York deli. As for the pastrami, it’s piled onto freshly baked rye bread with particularly crispy crusts. The meat is delicately flavored, holding up against the brown mustard and enhanced by taking a bite of the thick-cut pickle. According to Colman Andrews, a guy who definitely knows his food, Greenblatt’s pastrami is “Better than New York.” Take that, east coast.
2005 Colorado Blvd. LA, 90041
“Slow fast food” is the Oinkster way. This place defies labels: it’s like a diner meets a restaurant meets a fast food joint, but it’s the best of all of those. It takes classic American food, uses quality ingredients, house-makes whatever possible, and serves it up faster than a restaurant, slower than a fast food joint, and offers you the atmosphere of a diner. Oinkster pastrami is moist, tender, and very peppery. The House Pastrami Sandwich is their own two-week cured, house-rub pastrami piled high on a white bread roll. They have homemade sauces you can add, but it’s highly recommended you try their Oinkster Mustard. It’s rich and smooth, offering a sweet counter to the pastrami’s intense pepper flavor. It’s probably the thinnest sliced pastrami on this list and it’s bordered by more fat, but it’s a damn good sandwich.
491 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101 (multiple locations)
This charming little diner looks straight out of the 1970s, with wood paneled walls, a massive painted menu behind the open grill, and potted greenery. The Hat is an institution in Los Angeles, the original opening up in 1951, serving up what they call the Pastrami Dip, served au jus or with gravy. Their sandwich piled generously, dressed with pickles and yellow mustard on a French bread roll, edges towards roast beef in terms of texture, which makes it somewhat unusual for pastrami, but it works. The Hat also offers the Pastrami Burger, just to keep the options coming.
Top 10 Best Affordable Restaurants in Los Angeles—Even for a Date Night
- (DTLA): This is on my to-try very soon list because we walked through after having dinner next door and it’s an ultra cool space in the newest boutique hotel to hit downtown LA! They also snagged Nomad chef Ashley Abodeely, so the food must be great. It’s also got something in every price range from the classic burge and fries for $15 to a $31 NY strip—hard to beat that these days! (South East Hollywood/Hancock Park): From the bufala mozzarella pizza to the grilled chicken to the linguine al vongole, you’ll be hard pressed to find better Italian, especially at this price. Highly recommend a reservation. (Silver Lake): A modern take on the Jewish deli. This is a cozy, stylishly decorated little spot in a stripmall, with a beautiful bar and great food. You’ve never had matzo ball soup like this. (Silver Lake): I love that there is no small plate concept, and it’s great for a date or even with a group. This is a hot spot on the weekends, so reservations are needed.
- Zinqué (Weho): I love having wine and charcuterie on the outdoor patio any time of day. The Le Bowl is a must-try, but there is definitely something for everyone. (Hollywood): We have been frequenting this West Hollywood spot that’s great for brunch, cocktails and dinner. Quite possibly the best tortilla soup I’ve had in LA and my husband is obsessed with their Harvest Bowl. (West Hollywood): This used to be Cooks County. They have a really good happy hour every day from 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m. at the bar, and I love their Fried Chicken dinner on Sunday nights. (Weho): This is the restaurant that has most surprised me in 2019. It is a vegetarian Italian restaurant, and I was shocked that I didn’t miss having meat at all. They have a wonderful wine list and cozy ambience. Highly recommend! (Hollywood & Sherman Oaks): Cozy and perfect for a date. I love the omelette and the pea tartine (when in season). The drinks are pricey, so watch it or your bill will well exceed $100.
- Ostrich Farm (Echo Park): We like to go early and sit at the bar, share a cheese board and a few small plates. The cocktails are off the chart.
*The under $100 price is based on getting one drink each and not going crazy with how many dishes you order.
Eat & Drink
Hercules Beach, located on the rooftop of the LAAC parking garage and modeled after the muscle beach gyms made famous in West LA, is a 20,000 square foot protected open-air gym and group exercise class venue combined with food and drink service in the beach bar for post-workout relaxation featuring a DJ and sound stage. A signature piece of Hercules Beach is the new beach bar. The bar will serve cocktails and food in a relaxed beach atmosphere. LAAC has partnered with King’s Hawaiian to collaborate on special menu items featuring their Hawaiian sweet bread.
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Los Angeles Leather Bar Eagle LA Fundraises to Stay in Historic Venue
The historic site has served the LGBTQ+ community for over 53 years as The Shed, The Outcast, Gauntlet II, and now Eagle LA.
A venue that has been home to a gay bar since the before the Stonewall Riots is at risk of closing permanently. The Eagle LA was opened in April 2006 by Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi, but its location at 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. in Silver Lake, Los Angeles has served as a watering hole for queers since it was The Shed (1968-1972).
Then site then became The Outcast (1972-1983), and the Gauntlet II (1983 -2005) before becoming the Eagle LA in 2006 under Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi. (An earlier Eagle operated in West Hollywood (1980-1995). To save the bar from closing permanently, Matula has started a GoFundMe campaign, seeking $240,000.
When the premier leather / Levi bar in Los Angeles had to close its doors in March 2020 in face of the global pandemic, Matula writes on the fundraising site, "we hunkered down and did everything possible to stay in business. Surviving this devastating financial hardship has been extremely difficult. Although we did receive relief loans at the beginning of the pandemic, we never expected the forced closures to go on this long."