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Friday, October 9, 2009

L.A. Restaurant Week

So apparently I am the only person in Los Angeles who knows about L.A. Restaurant Week. Thus, I am going to get you all up to speed since you only have one more week to enjoy it.

L.A. Restaurant Week is an L.A. only experience that happens two weeks out of the year. A selection of restaurants create three-course fixed menus that are way cheaper than their normal menu. It only works on weekdays and you get to choose from three different appetizers, entrees, and desserts off the fixed menu.

There are three levels of pricing:
1) $ = $16 for Lunch and $26 for Dinner
2) $ = $22 for Lunch and $34 for Dinner
3) $ = $28 for Lunch and $44 for Dinner

Here is an example. I went to The Palm in downtown on Monday night. It's a $. Here's the menu I choose from:

Choice 1: The Palm's Signature Lobster Bisque
Choice 2: Traditional Caesar Salad

Choice 3: Iceberg Wedge Salad - Danish Blue Cheese Dressing and Apple Wood Smoked Bacon

Choice 1: Chilean Sea Bass Fillet - over Sauteed Escarole with Marinated Sun Dried Tomatoes and Smokehouse Bacon
Choice 2: Filet Mignon - 9 ounce - Wild Mushroom Ragout & Roquefort Pommes Frites

Choice 3: Broiled Crab Cakes - Mango Salsa

Choice 1: Key Lime Pie
Choice 2: New York Cheesecake
Choice 3: Creme Brulee

I choose the Iceberg Wedge Salad, the Filet Mignon, and the Key Lime Pie.

This menu cost $34 without tax and tip. On the regular menu, the 9 ounce filet is $44 by itself. That should give you some idea of the savings. I went home with half a salad and half a filet because there was so much food so in theory I got two meals for $34!

FYI, here is what some of the other stuff on the menu looks like.

Lobster Bisque

Crab Cakes

New York Cheesecake

NOTE: The New York Cheesecake is flown in daily from New York. Yeah. Amazing.

Go to to see what restaurants are participating, what level of price they are, and what the pre-fix menu offers. Then be prepared for a lot of food and a lot of fun all next week. But hurry because it's only here for the week and it's only in L.A.

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