For all you aspiring actors, struggling writers, and impoverished graduate students (including your LA editor, Thi N.), now's the time to try out LA's high end. A bunch of the big-name places are offering special bargains.
First up: Mistral is doing a prix fixe dinner on Sunday nights. It's $34 a person, plus tax and tip. It's "been spectacular the three times my wife and I have gone... an outstanding dinner at an outstanding restaurant," says Hughlipton.
Campanile is now offering its Soup Kitchen menu on Wednesday nights to all, not just to Writers Guild members. It's $22 for soup, a choice of three entrees, and dessert. Wolfgang had heirloom carrot soup with cumin crème fraîche, flat iron steak with fries, and homemade vanilla ice cream. "It was a great meal in a great space for a really great price," says Wolfgang, who adds that the steak was perfectly cooked on the wood-fired grill, and perfectly seasoned too.
And Mori, sushi joint extraordinaire, now has a weekday bento box lunch priced between $12 and $23.
Mistral [San Fernando Valley - East]
13422 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
624 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
Mori [Westside - Inland]
11500 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles