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Big Steaks at Gwen, a $26 Mai Tai, and Hot, Hot Howlin' Rays

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What your $26 cocktail says about you

LA Weekly tackles the sticky issue of the $26 mai tai at Koreatown’s Here’s Looking at You. Is the drink really worth the price? Perhaps, says a couple of industry insiders, though it all depends on how you frame the question.

Solve for fry

After a bit of online controversy cropped up over In-N-Out’s lack of a true vegetarian burger option on their menu, LA Magazine decided to do something about it. Enter The Frying Starchman, a meatless alternative that looks pretty delicious — if a little carb-heavy — and could come in handy for those not eating animal proteins any time soon.

Movie night at Estrella

West Hollywood’s Estrella is launching a Sunday Series of movie screenings, held at 8 p.m. every Sunday night through the fall in their intimate back theater space. The room only fits 55 guests at a clip though, so you’ll need to reserve your seat for the night. The films, listed below, are free, but a minimum of $30 per person is required.

Started from the bottom now we here

Ever wonder how a place like 71Above, the sky-high upscale dining destination in Downtown, comes to life? It all starts at the bottom says SCPR, who talks to Vartan Abgaryan about the amazing restaurant project atop the U.S. Bank Tower. In perfect form, they start at the ground floor storeroom and work their way up from there.

Cento Pasta Bar gets some love

Downtown lunch option Cento Pasta Bar has been humming along for a while now, with chef Avner Lavi turning out some fine pastas from behind the bar at Mignon most lunch hours. The LA Times stops in for a taste, and walks away mightily impressed.

Keep it spicy at Howlin’ Rays

Want to watch someone go through the glorious torture that is Howlin’ Rays’ varied spice levels? Here’s a video of exactly that, with all the sweating and crying and beautiful Nashville-style hot chicken love you want.

Overtime Power Hour

The deals keep rolling at Nest at WP24 at the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. The L.A. Live property is kicking off a post-game happy hour of sorts, which will kick in after every home Clippers, Kings, and Lakers games. The deal goes into effect October 14, and includes $6 options like lobster spring rolls, pork belly bap buns, and $9 cocktails.

Koreatown’s big new restaurant project

Curbed LA has news about a possible incoming mixed-use project that could drastically change the landscape in Koreatown. The hotel and residential property on Western would include room for six different restaurants, but might have to displace some existing ones like Dal Ma Ji in the process.

Gwen’s new dinner menu

Things are changing at Gwen, Curtis Stone’s high-value dinner destination in Hollywood. The big, meaty tasting menu is flipping from lamb into pork for a while, and the expanding a la carte menu (available on the patio, at the bar, etc.) works some of the tasting menu-specific dishes alongside steaks from the butcher counter and more. Check the full slate of menus below.

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