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From fried chicken on Mondays to mac and cheese pizza on Sundays

Chicken Parmesan at The Arthur J Caroline Rollings

Restaurants frequently serve specific dishes on particular days, acting as weekly calls to action. These daily (and nightly) specials extend far beyond Taco Tuesday and are far more interesting than just reduced prices, two-for-one deals, or weekend brunch. Learn about 21 of L.A.’s best dish specials, listed by day, and not including ubiquitous Sunday suppers.

MONDAYS

Nashville-style Hot Chicken at Boneyard Bistro

Fried Chicken Los Angeles
Dial up the heat on Monday night’s fried chicken if you like.
Boneyard Bistro

Chef Aaron Robins has combined barbecue with bistro fare at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks. On Mondays, Boneyard serves classic fried chicken starting at 5:30 p.m. Now that Nashville-style hot chicken is trending, diners also have the option to crank up the heat. A quarter chicken with two sides costs $14; a half-chicken runs $19. Add $2 for white meat. Bonus: on Monday nights, Boneyard offers 25% off indie beer that flows from 42 taps and 125+ bottles. I13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-906-7427

Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Nights at Bouchon

Fried Chicken Los Angeles
Ad Hoc’s famous fried chicken migrated south to sister restaurant Bouchon.
Deborah Jones

Thomas Keller became famous for fried chicken at Ad Hoc, his more casual American restaurant in Yountville. On Monday nights, sister restaurant Bouchon Beverly Hills offers brined, buttermilk-bathed yardbird showered with sea salt and fried thyme. Seasonal sides change, but their fried chicken dinner ($42 per person) is always available from 6 – 9 p.m. and pairs three pieces with cornbread, honey butter, and sides that could include celery Victor salad and black-eyed peas. They also sell six ($30) or 12-piece buckets ($60) of fried chicken to go from 5:30 – 8 p.m. 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-9910

Whole Roast Chicken for Two at Cliff’s Edge

Chicken Los Angeles
Chickens come home to roost in Silver Lake.
Cliff’s Edge

Cliff’s Edge is a Silver Lake hideaway that stepped up culinary offerings starting with former chef Vartan Abgaryan and now features veteran chef Michael Bryant in the kitchen. On Monday nights, he rubs an entire Mary’s organic chicken with adobo and roasts the bird until skin’s crispy. Each plate comes with confit gizzards, mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, mole sauce, and chicken jus. $39 includes the sides and can feed two people, or one ravenous solo diner. 3626 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-666-6116

Nachos at Everson Royce Bar

Nachos Los Angeles
Forget Taco Tuesday. It’s all about nacho Monday at ERB.
Joshua Lurie

Chef-partner Matt Molina and the ERB bar crew go all out for “No Mames” Mondays, a Mexican-themed night of eating and drinking in the Arts District. Nachos ($9) are worth a trip on their own, with house-made tortilla chips piled with queso Oaxaca, Monterey Jack cheese, refried beans, pickled jalapeños, pico de gallo, and guac. They also sell more than 10 themed cocktails, four-person cocktail pitchers, shots, mezcal tasting flights, and buckets of beer. Prepare to stumble onto 7th Street. 1936 E. 7th St., Downtown, 213-335-6166

Hand-Pulled Mozzarella at Osteria Mozza

Italian Food Los Angeles
Mozza makes time for hand-pulled mozzarella on Mondays.
Anne Fishbein

Osteria Mozza, the higher end sibling in a powerhouse Italian complex from Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich, was initially based on the mozzarella bar. On Monday nights, everything that reads “hand stretched” under the menu’s mozzarella bar section becomes available. Longtime line cook Kaleb King makes mozzarella by hand in front of guests. Options include hand-stretched mozzarella with anchovies and garlic toast ($22); hand-stretched burrata with Corbarini tomato passato, oven roasted tomatoes, and pesto ($19); and hand-stretched burrata with roasted eggplant, herb vinaigrette, and Sicilian pine nuts ($19). Nancy Silverton and crew also offer at least one Piatti del Giorno (plate of the day) at neighboring Pizzeria Mozza, including Monday’s eggplant Parm and Wednesday’s crispy duck leg with Umbrian lentils. 6602 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-297-0100

TUESDAYS

Burger Night at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Hamburger Los Angeles
I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
Kelly Bylsma

On “Popeye,” Wimpy’s catchphrase was, “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” At Esters Wine Shop & Bar, Tuesday is today thanks to owner Kathryn Weil Coker and chef Chris Ono. He serves five-ounce, grass-fed burger patties on Milo & Olive brioche buns with crisp butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, grilled red onions, American cheese, and “Esters special sauce,” paired with house-made BBQ chips for $16. Coker has wine pairing suggestions at the ready.

One Tuesday per month, Ono cedes the kitchen (and his burger) for their Guest Burger series. These $19 burgers are available starting at 6 p.m. Love & Salt’s Michael Fiorelli kicked things off with his Downlow Burger. October 17 welcomes Chris Flint and Ashley Abodeely from The NoMad LA for a chicken burger with foie gras. November 14, Cassia’s Bryant Ng walks across the hall to prepare a pastrami burger. December 5 hosts Milo & Olive and Huckleberry chef Erin Eastland. January 9 sees the return of Rustic Canyon alum Evan Funke, now with Felix. 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.899-6900

Lobster Feast at Jar

Lobster Los Angeles
Lobster shows its versatility in Mid-City.
Anne Fishbein

Emma Stone’s character was recently seen running from Jar, Suzanne Tracht’s modern classic chop house, in “La La Land.” Clearly, it wasn’t due to the food, which is still going strong, particularly on Tuesday nights. From the beginning of August through the end of October, Lobster Tuesdays are $55 feasts that revolve around the most prized crustacean. The three-course menu changes weekly. On September 26, courses included lobster salad, pan-roasted lobster, and a strawberry sundae for dessert. No word yet on which nightly special will replace Lobster Tuesdays this fall. 8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-655-6566

Bottomless BBQ Pork Tacos at The Standing Room

Pork Los Angeles
Standing Room adds pig to their burger line-up.
Standing Room

The Standing Room, a South Bay comfort food destination from Lowell Bakke that sprouted from humble liquor store beginnings, goes especially big on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday morning, they load a 50-pound pig into a La Caja China smoker and are ready to serve bottomless BBQ pulled pork tacos starting at 5 p.m. With each $15 order, you’ll also get a free draft beer. 11320 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310-318-1272

WEDNESDAYS

Bone-In Veal Parmesan at The Arthur J

Chicken Parmesan at The Arthur J
Veal Parm stars in Manhattan Beach on Wednesday nights.
Caroline Rollings

At The Arthur J, the Midcentury modern steakhouse in Manhattan Beach, chef/partner David LeFevre makes sure diners have a reason to visit every night of the week, beyond the meaty core menu. Nightly specials include Tuesday baby back ribs, Thursday beef tenderloin Stroganoff, and the dish that stands out amongst standouts, Wednesday veal Parmesan ($28). A bone-in veal chop is pounded thin, breaded, and fried, smothered with house-made tomato sauce, sheets of molten mozzarella cheese, and crispy basil. 903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-878-9620

Pulled Pork Sandwiches at The Golden State

Sandwich Los Angeles
Hump day calls for pulled pork on Fairfax.
The Golden State

James Starr and Jason Bernstein serve many daily specials after 5 p.m. at their California themed comfort food café in Fairfax Village. Options include a Monday CLSC burger, Tuesday steak tacos, Wednesday fried chicken sandwich, Friday & Saturday fish and chips, and perhaps best of all, Thursday pulled pork sandwich ($12) with juicy beer-braised hog shoulder, tart pickled onions, punchy pickled jalapeños, and tangy mustard sauce. 426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, 323-782-8331

Sauerbraten at Musso & Frank Grill

German Food Los Angeles
Musso & Frank and sauerbraten are a classic combo.
Musso & Frank

J.P. Amateau, the current executive chef at this Hollywood legend that dates to 1919, crafts Daily Features every day but Monday at Musso & Frank. Consider Tuesday corned beef and cabbage, Friday bouillabaisse Marseillaise, and most interesting, Wednesday sauerbraten (German-style pot roast) served with crispy potato pancakes for $28. 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-467-7788

THURSDAYS

Wood-Oven Roasted Chicken at Little Dom’s

Chicken Los Angeles
A wood oven always benefits roast chicken
Little Dom’s

Most restaurants seem to show love to chicken on Mondays, but Little Dom’s reserves Thursday nights for wood-oven roasted bird ($28). At the charming Italian restaurant from chef Brandon Boudet and business partner Warner Ebbink, Boudet brines breast, wing, leg, and thigh meat in sugar and salt solution for eight hours, air-dries for 24 hours, seasons with salt, crushed red pepper and fennel pollen, and grills over smoldering wood. The meat’s finished in a wood-burning oven and served with wilted greens, rosemary roasted potatoes, and jus made from the chicken backbones. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 323-661-0055

Big Fat Greek Dinner at Papa Cristo’s Taverna

Farley Elliott

Chrys Chrys hosts a “Big Fat Greek Family Style Dinner” every Thursday at the Byzantine-Latino Quarter institution his father Sam founded in 1948. Each experience costs $24.99 per person, starts with a 6:30 p.m. wine tasting and ends around 8:15. In between, enjoy a feast, belly dancer, and live bouzouki music. This special dinner begins with taramasalata (Greek fish egg caviar), loukaniko (grilled Greek sausage with lemon), tzatziki (yogurt cucumber dip), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), Kalamata olives, Greek Feta cheese, and puffy pita bread. The main course consists of Greek salad, roasted potatoes, string beans in tomato sauce, lemon-oregano chicken, lamb loin, rack of lamb, and French bread. Finish with house-made baklava and strong Greek coffee. 2771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-737-2970

FRIDAYS

Jambalaya at Little Jewel of New Orleans

Jambalaya Los Angeles
Don’t bother asking for Cajun jambalaya at Little Jewel.
Little Jewel of New Orleans

In Louisiana, you’ll find two different types of jambalaya: Creole and Cajun. On Fridays, Marcus Christiana-Beniger and Eunah Kang serve the former at Little Jewel of New Orleans in Chinatown. Their spicy Creole-style jambalaya ($13.50) features meats like Andouille sausage, cubed ham, and chicken that are browned with trinity (onions, bell pepper, and celery) and cooked in stock with tomato before rice is added at the very end. On Mondays, they make red beans & rice. 207 Ord St., Chinatown, 213-620-0461

Saigon Hot Chicken Sandwiches at Los Angeles Banh Mi Company

Sandwich Los Angeles
It’s getting hot in here, in Huntington Park.
Joshua Lurie

Former accountant Hoang Pham now serves Vietnamese sandwiches on custom-baked baguettes at Los Angeles Banh Mi Company in Huntington Park. On Fridays, he busts out Saigon hot chicken ($4.95). Spicy fried chicken thighs are marinated in buttermilk and Sriracha, dusted with Korean chile pepper, and balanced with mayonnaise, Sriracha aioli, pickled daikon and carrots, jalapeños, cilantro, and Korean-style pickles. 2479 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park, 323-553-1710

Dirty Sumo Wagyu Burger at Sumo Dog

Hamburger Los Angeles
Sumo Dog subs in a burger to start the weekend.
Sumo Dog

Chef Jeffrey Lunak and his business partners are counter-programming with Japanese inflected hot dogs in Koreatown. Every Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, they diversify with a “dirty sumo burger” ($9). A Snake River Farms American Wagyu beef patty hosts yuzu koshu secret sauce, miso beef chili, togarashi cheese sauce, cabbage, tonkatsu, jalapeño, and pickled peppers on a Martin's Famous potato roll. 516 S. Western Ave., Koreatown, 213-375-7755

SATURDAYS

Porchetta at Angelini Osteria

Angelini Osteria Yelp

Every day but Monday, Gino Angelini offers a special dish. Wednesday is oxtail alla vaccinara. Thursday brings fegato alla Venezia, veal liver with white wine and onions. Those dishes are all well and good, but bear in mind that Saturday brings their play on porchetta, pork leg roasted in the wood oven. Each plate comes with red cabbage and mashed potatoes and costs between $25-30. 7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-297-0070

Havdallah Burgers at Fleishik’s

Hamburger Los Angeles
Shabbat ends and burgers begin at Fleishik’s.
Socially You

Fleishik’s, a modern Jewish sandwich shop from chef Eric Greenspan and partners in Mid-City, really cuts loose after Shabbat ends on Saturday. Once the sun goes down, whiskey starts flowing and Havdallah burgers hit the grill. Only 20 of these burgers ($14) are available per Saturday, featuring a ground beef patty served on a challah bun with grilled pastrami, harissa mayo, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, and caramelized onions with spiced red wine. The cheese is soy-based, for Kosher’s sake. 7563 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-746-5750

Pan-Roasted Spring Lamb at Taylor’s Steakhouse

Taylor's Steakhouse Yelp

Bruce Taylor continues the meaty traditions set forth by parents “Tex” and Margie Taylor in 1953. Dry-aged, Prime beef continues to cook in 700-degree gas broilers in K-Town and in the family’s K-Town flagship and La Cañada Flintridge spinoff. They typically offer a couple nightly specials in the moody Koreatown dining room. For instance, Sunday and Monday brings an atypical surf & turf: London broil and deep-fried Sea of Cortez prawns. Thursday teams grilled sea bass with twice-baked potato and Caesar salad. Still, Saturday is the true standout: New Zealand spring lamb ($36.95) that’s pan-roasted and finished on the broiler, served with vegetables, wild rice, and mint sauce. 3361 W. 8th St., Koreatown, 213-382-8449

SUNDAYS

Hawk Wings at Grill ‘Em All

Chicken Wings Los Angeles
“Hawk” wings clearly call for duck fat.
Joshua Lurie

No, Grill ‘Em All’s special Sunday hawk wings ($8.50) aren’t actually sourced from hawks. At the heavy metal burger spot from Ryan Harkins and Matthew Chernus in downtown Alhambra, they deep-fry eight chicken wings in duck fat and toss them in chipotle honey sauce. 19 E. Main St., Alhambra, 626-284-2874

Mac & Cheese Pizza at Pizzanista!

Pizza Los Angeles
Sundays call for carb-on-carb cooking.
Renee McMahon

Pro skateboarder Salman Agah, Price Latimer and brother Roby Latimer turned Pizzanista! into one of the first Arts District restaurants of note. On Sundays, they get especially creative with macaroni & cheese pizza ($4.25 slice, $29 pie). A hand-tossed sourdough crust is slathered with house-made marinara sauce and topped with a 5-cheese mac featuring Asiago, Fontina, Cheddar, mozzarella, Grana Padano, cream and spices. 2019 E. 7th St., Downtown, 213-627-1430

Bouchon

235 North Canon Drive, , CA 90210 (310) 271-9910 Visit Website

Little Jewel of New Orleans

207 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Everson Royce Bar

1936 East 7th Street, , CA 90021 (213) 335-6166 Visit Website

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

1314 7th Street, , CA 90401 (310) 899-6900 Visit Website

Cassia

1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 393-6699

Felix

1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, , CA 90291 (424) 387-8622 Visit Website

Osteria Mozza

6602 Melrose Avenue, , CA 90038 (323) 297-0100 Visit Website

Jar

8225 Beverly Boulevard, , CA 90048 (323) 655-6566 Visit Website

The Arthur J

903 Manhattan Avenue, , CA 90266 (310) 878-9620 Visit Website

Spring

257 South Spring Street, , CA 90012 (213) 372-5189 Visit Website

The Standing Room

144 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310) 374-7545

6667 Hollywood Blvd

6667 Hollywood Boulevard, , CA 90028

The Golden State

426 North Fairfax Avenue, , CA 90036 (323) 782-8331 Visit Website

Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Boulevard, , CA 90036 (323) 297-0070 Visit Website

Sandwich Shop

531 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 627-1508 Visit Website

Pizzeria Mozza

641 North Highland Avenue, , CA 90036 (323) 297-0101 Visit Website

Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Boulevard, , CA 90028 (323) 467-7788 Visit Website

Milo & Olive

2723 Wilshire Boulevard, , CA 90403 (310) 453-6776 Visit Website

Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, , CA 90266 (310) 545-5252 Visit Website

Boneyard Bistro

13539 Ventura Boulevard, , CA 91423 (818) 906-7427 Visit Website

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