I am a sucker for a good deal. Heck, I am even a sucker for a “good deal” that makes me spend money that I wouldn’t otherwise. And then there is Los Angeles Restaurant Week. Or as we Angelenos like to call it, “dineLA.”
dineLA’s Restaurant Week is a 12-day dining event showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences LA has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of LA’s best restaurants.
Despite my crazy travel schedule, I was able to visit two restaurants with some friends. It’s always best to browse menus and make a reservation beforehand. Also, don’t forget to ask for the dineLA menu! A lot of the nicer restaurants don’t mention it off the bat when you’re seated. I usually browse restaurants by neighborhood and and then by price. The $35 dinner is usually the best bang for your buck, assuming you choose a menu you know you’ll love. [Other options are $25 and $45 for dinner.] I also like to choose the menus that have 3 courses (appetizer, entree, and dessert). It’s all about the deal here, okay? Lastly, I’ll peep the Yelp reviews to see if folks would normally recommend the restaurant.
I am not the best food critic–I like everything! Also, I can’t smell… and I’ve heard that affects taste, so there’s that. I just really wanted to share some foodie pics with y’all.
The first restaurant was Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica. For $35, I had seafood ceviche, a 2-pound Maine lobster, and a mud pie. Yes, the lobster was TWO POUNDS. I ate both sides of the tail and one claw and was absolutely stuffed! I didn’t touch the body, one of the claws or any of the other little legs. I’m so ashamed!
For the second go-around, we hit up Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village. This place has been around for 92 years! It is actually the precursor to Lawry’s The Prime Rib. For $35, I had a delicious salad, a 6 oz. prime rib (with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and creamed spinach), and an ice cream sundae with toasted almonds. Holy moly… this meal was heavenly! Dressed up as a Scottish lodge, this restaurant is an LA-must. Walt Disney was a regular here so I definitely had to snap a pic at his table as well.
Can’t wait until next Restaurant Week!