I put this list together some time ago and just published it now as a guide for others -- it may in fact be outdated, as some posters now have indicated. Please check with the restaurant before you go for the special deal!
Below is a list of dining deals that I've gathered from Chowhound and my own knowledge. Is there any place I'm leaving out that I should know about? thanks hounds!
CAMPANILE (usually ~$50 pp) offers the 3-course Monday Night dinner ($35pp) (more casual stuff, but much cheaper than their usual fare.) www.campanilerestaurant.com
JIRAFFE Monday Night Bistro Menu. 3 courses for $33. Very delightful! http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/news... Bistro Night - JiRaffe turns into a casual French bistro, with brown paper tablecloths replacing the linen, and a $29 three-course menu of classic French dishes (plus wines available by the carafe) supplementing the usual fare. 502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA â€¨(310) 917-6671
THE STAND $1 Hot Dog Night - $1 hot dogs, $2.50 for "loaded" dogs, and special prices on beer. Really, can it get any better? 5pm-close.â€¨â€¨The Standâ€¨17000 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CAâ€¨(818) 788-2700
TASTE Pizetta Night - Monday pizzetta night features entrÃ©e-size versions of its crisp-crust pizzetta appetizers for $12.75; a wine flight of three 2-ounce pours is $10. Tasteâ€¨8454 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069â€¨(323) 852-6888
CUIDAD Paella on the Patio - 3-course Menu featuring different Paella every Tuesday for $29 per person.â€¨â€¨Cuidadâ€¨445 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90071â€¨(213) 486-5171
LA TERZA Tavola Italiana - An informal antipasto with a wonderful array of tapas-sized dishes, none priced over $5.â€¨â€¨La Terzaâ€¨8384 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CAâ€¨(323) 782-8384
MARIX Taco Tuesdays at Marixâ€¨Every Tuesday, it's all you can eat tacos for $7.95â€¨1108 N Flores St. West Hollywood 323-656-8800
STERLING STEAKHOUSE Three Course Menu - The bargain prix-fixe menu will feature both regular menu items and new exclusive options from executive chef Andrew Pastore and pastry chef Mario Ortiz and all for $35.â€¨â€¨Sterling Steakhouseâ€¨1429 Ivar Ave., Hollywood, CAâ€¨(323) 463-0008
VIOLET "7 before 7" - Tuesdays through Thursdays, Violet chef Jared Simons is offering â€œ7 Before 7,â€ seven dishes before 7 p.m. for $7 a piece.â€¨â€¨Violetâ€¨3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CAâ€¨(310) 453-9113
IL GRANO Bollito Misto at Il Grano - Cold-weather comfort food at its most authentic, this five-course classic Italian feast includes salami, a tortellini broth and a stew of up to seven meats boiled all day and served with a variety of dipping sauces for $49.â€¨â€¨Il Granoâ€¨11359 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CAâ€¨(310) 477-7886
JOSIE Josie's has their Wednesday Prix Fixe for $32 - 3 courses while they last; so go there on the early side. The 3-course prix menu features items from the Farmer's Market purchased that morning. 2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405â€¨(310) 581-9888
ANGELI CAFÃ‰ Family Night - It's all about sharing family-style portions of an entire meal (often with more than five different dishes) with total strangers! Although chef Evan Kleinman is an ace with rustic Italian fare, the theme travels all over the world from India to France to Morocco. $28 per person.â€¨â€¨Angeli Cafeâ€¨7274 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CAâ€¨(323) 936-9086
CAMPANILE (usually ~$50 pp) offers the Grilled Cheese Thursday nights (more casual stuff, but much cheaper than their usual fare.) www.campanilerestaurant.com 624 S La Brea Ave, 323-938-1447
CEZANNE, LE MERIGOT Bistro Night - A pre-fixed menu ($25) includes a house salad, broiled New York steak with mushroom bordelaise sauce and fresh pomme frites.â€¨â€¨Cezanne, Le Merigotâ€¨1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CAâ€¨(310) 395-9700
PAPA CRISTOâ€™S Big Fat Greek Dinner - Seven courses of bliss and belly dancing for $18.95â€¨â€¨Papa Cristo'sâ€¨2771 W Pico Blvd (Normandie Ave), Los Angelesâ€¨323-737-2970
CHAYA Chaya in Beverly Hills has a Sunday 3-course (I think it's around $30.) They have live Jazz on Sunday nights, though, and the place is packed. The food available in the bar is very reasonable, although they have no min, so we sometimes just get a bottle of wine and a sushi roll and enjoy the music.
LUCQUES the ultimate prix fixe is the sunday supper at lucques, which is always a winner. you can always call ahead for the menu. it used to be 35 for 3 courses but now its 40 i believe.â€¨http://www.lucques.com/ 8474 Melrose Ave., 323-655-6277
MINI BAR Sundays at Mini barâ€¨A prix fix selection of small plates for two comes with a bottle of wine for $40. â€¨3413 Cahuenga blvd. W.â€¨323-882-6965
GRACE Burger Night - Each burger is made with 8 ounces of Australian Kobe Beef and is served with French fries, pickles, aioli, ketchup, and a fleur de sel bun, all made in house. Burgers are $16, with cheese $18, and with truffle cheese $21.â€¨â€¨Graceâ€¨7360 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CAâ€¨(323) 934-4400
VIOLET Pre-Fixed Menu - Sunday nights, substituting for the regular menu, look for a three-course menu for $25, plus a bottomless glass of wine for $10 extra. Simons is also serving complimentary cookies and milk to end each meal.â€¨â€¨Violetâ€¨3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CAâ€¨(310) 453-9113
OPUS Opus next to the Wiltern. They have a new chef and new menu. A lot of people were ordering the spontaneous menu. I think the 3 course is $30.00, which includes a muse. Very eclectic cuisine. They offer 3,6 and 9 course. So I met a friend of mine tonight since I was so impressed by the food last week. We ended up doing a 3 course for $30.00 each. Definitely a deal. I had the hamachi with lardon, some kind of seaweed and lemon oil. Vrey fresh and quite different from the usual hamachi. Also got the pan seared john dory on charred romaine and sweet and sour cherries. Then got the infamous short ribs on cream of wheat and a red wine sauce. Ended up with dessert which was a chocolate molten cake with homemade ice cream and hazelnuts. Quite the deal for $30. I think the chef might have thrown in an extra course. Portions are extremely generous for tasting portions.
PATINA The business lunch at Patina is two courses for $25. Available Monday-Friday only, but an amazing sample of their cuisine.
JOEâ€™S Joe's in Venice has a 3 course prix-fixe menu for under 20 bucks. i love lunch at joe's if you happen to be in venice. three courses for under 20 and damned good food. The 3 course lunch menu at Joe's is something like 18 bucks. Best bargain this side of the 405. 2 or 3 choices per course. which is nice! still a great deal.
I went at lunchtime when I had the good burger -- around 1Pish...last night I went again at about 10P and that was when the burger wasn't cooked as well, etc
NOTE: I went back tonight with a friend who ordered the burger and it was NOT the same. Different cook in the kitchen, and the quality differential was significant. This time it came with chopped onions in addition to the grilled onions. I tasted it and it was OK. FYI.
Thanks for the rec. I went today and got a burger (no mayo) to go, with some cheese fries. The cheese (whiz) for the fries came in a separate container. Ended up dipping the burger in the whiz which took it over the top! Great burger.
aside from factor's deli for matzoh ball soup, pastrami, and lox, and beverlywood bakery for b&w cookies and raspberry fingers, what are some good spots to check out in the pico robertson area?
good schwarma nearby i imagine?
nice i just went to Square One for breakfast -- their french toast is AMAZING.
Tried out choc chip cookie from Clementine today...moist but too thin for my taste. Reminded me of the cookies I used to get from PARADISE BAKERY...
I've had the pretzel croissant from CITY BAKERY
haven't heard anyone mention bristol farm's chocolate chunk cookies -- those are great after 15 sec in the microwave...(their thumbprint cookies are delish too btw)
i also like baking trader joe's chunky chocolate chip cookie dough or classic JUMBO tollhouse dough.
i LOVE the choc chip cookie at the counter...
what other spots would you recommend for the best choc chip cookies in LA?
Who makes the best blueberry muffins in LA?
cool. thanks for the dessert rec! update: last night, "late night", went to the Weiners Circle and then Tempo Cafe. Had the apparently signature "chargrilled chedder burger" at Weiners, which I hated due to the tangy strong cheese. Fun atmosphere though. Had a much better food experience at the bumpin' Tempo, where I had a GREAT omlette served in a frying pan they brought to the table. Cool.
Pretty soon I'm off to Malnati's...the Chicago adventure continues.
thanks for the add'l recs. unfortunately i didn't receive this msg in time and just got back form lunch at Gino's East in Libertyville, which I found to be horrible. I truly hope that the original is much different.
And aside from hot dogs and pizza -- what else are classic Chicago foods? Any desserts? Right now I'm just feeling like "OK I'm in chicago I gotta eat pizza and hot dogs." what else? thanks again for the recs.
Just got in last night from LA...first time in Chicago...late night I had a gyro from Five Faces (disappointing).
I'm going to eat lunch today at Lou Malnati's or Gino's East -- I'm assuming I need to eat at the original locations OR is it the same quality if I eat at one of the Malnati chains in the burbs??
Where do I go for the qunitessential Chicago dog?
What else are Chi-town "musts" that I should check out before I leave (Monday)?
Thanks so much for any advice -- I appreciate it!
Looking to experience AMAZING food on a budget. Does Spago or the like have relatively cheap options/opportunities? I know Echigo (far from the best but just an example) has $20 lunch special. I hear Kiriko has a cheap lunch special as well. Not just looking for sushi, but for anything delish.
How can I experience or sample THE BEST PLACES without breaking the bank?
Thanks in advance for any ideas. I live on the Westside, so recs around here are preferred.