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The 15 Best dineLA Lunch Deals, Winter 2019

The most enticing menus during the semi-annual restaurant week

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Deal-seekers rejoice. dineLA is back again starting January 11 through January 25. From Tex-Mex Downtown to Vietnamese fare in the South Bay and modern Chinese in San Gabriel, there’s something for every appetite, mood, and destination. Here now are 15 dining deals worthy of consideration for those with an hour to spare midday.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. HiHo Cheeseburger

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1320 2nd Street B
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 469-7250
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It’s hard to find a more satisfying meal than a burger, fries, and a slice of pie. The $15 menu covers all the bases, and as an added bonus, the drippy burger includes three patties of grass-fed goodness.

A juicy HiHo Cheeseburger sits as a product shot.
HiHo Cheeseburger
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2. Night + Market Sahm

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2533 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 301-0333
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Kris Yenbamroong’s $20 three-course menu features many of the restaurant’s best-sellers and the chef’s signature dishes. Start with a “Drinking Snack” served with sticky rice like the crispy rice salad or “Hey-Ha Party Wings.” Follow it up with pad see ew gai (rice noodles with chicken and broccoli) or orange chicken. There’s also mango with coconut rice for dessert.  

NIGHT + MARKET Sahm
NIGHT + MARKET Sahm

3. Maple Block Meat Co.

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3973 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 313-6328
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Fifteen dollars goes a long way at this haven for smoked meats. Choose from brisket, turkey, or pork shoulder, pair it with a side of slaw, mac and cheese, or braised greens, add on a baby kale or house salad, then wash it all down with an iced tea, lemonade, or Arnold Palmer.  

Maple Block Meat Co.
Maple Block Meat Co.

4. Little Sister

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247 Avenida Del Norte
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(424) 398-0237
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Visit the Redondo Beach outlet of Tin Vuong’s Vietnamese chainlet for a $20 menu that includes a drink (Vietnamese iced coffee, tea, or soda), an appetizer (the green papaya salad is a good call), and a main course of lemongrass chicken banh mi or beef pho.  

Little Sister
Little Sister
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5. A.O.C.

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8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-9859
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Indulge in hospitality at its finest at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s beloved wine bar. The $25 two-course menu includes cheese and charcuterie and an albacore salad. Consider adding on dessert for an additional $6; choices include a butterscotch pot de creme and a chocolate cake.

AOC
AOC’s Bloody Maria
AOC [official photo]

6. E.P. & L.P.

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603 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-9955
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Get a dose of Southeast Asian-inspired fare with Louis Tikaram’s $20 two-course menu, which also includes orange juice, coffee, or a mimosa. Choose from entrees like fried chicken served with Hong Kong-style waffles and Indonesian shrimp fried rice. Fresh fruit and coconut sorbet are on hand for dessert.

E.P. & L.P.
E.P. & L.P.
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7. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 352-9300
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Take a break from shopping at The Grove to build-your-own lunch. Choose three dishes from a menu of seven offerings. The tiger shrimp tempura, salmon carpaccio, and tuna poke offer bang-for-your-buck.

Blue Ribbon
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove
Jakob N. Layman

8. 189 by Dominique Ansel

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 602-0096
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Sit down to a $25 three-course lunch orchestrated by the famed pastry chef. The menu includes lobster rolls and fried chicken on the savory side of things, and freshly baked cookies and a pavlova for dessert.

189 Dominique Ansel
189 Dominique Ansel
Wonho Frank Lee

9. Kali

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5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-4160
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Kevin Meehan’s $25 three-course menu is hard to top. Go with the black barley risotto to start, followed by the sea urchin spaghetti, and finish with his famous meringue gelato made with sugar-cured egg yolks.

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Kali

10. Maccheroni Republic

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332 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 346-9725
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Downtown worker bees should make time for this $20 three-course menu. There’s buttermilk mozzarella and crostini to start, plenty of pasta for main courses (the gnocchi bolognese and pumpkin ravioli are solid bets), and a choice of chocolate mousse or tiramisu for dessert.   

Maccheroni Republic
Maccheroni Republic
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11. Bar Amá

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118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8002
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Josef Centeno’s ode to Tex-Mex is offering two-courses for $20. Choose from breakfast tacos and a chicken milanesa torta to start and finish with fried ice cream or a churro funnel cake.

Bar Amá
Bar Amá

12. KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar

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421 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 493-6956
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It’s easy to get in-and-out in under an hour at this hand roll specialist. The $15 set-menu includes an order of salmon sashimi and three hand rolls (toro, crab, and cucumber).

A hand shows off a hand roll of sushi.
KazuNori
KazuNori [official photo]

13. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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787 Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(323) 435-4004
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Hearty offerings like a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and the Rapp Burger with cheddar are on hand for $15. Round out lunch with crispy fingerlings, haricot vert, or Chinese broccoli.

Rappahannock
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Wonho Frank Lee

14. Bone Kettle

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67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5702
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Two savory courses are on deck for $20 at Erwin Tjahyad’s Indonesian-influenced spot. Start with an order of the fried chicken wings or the gado gado salad with peanut dressing, then move on to a noodle soup with bone broth served with a protein of choice.

Bone Kettle
Bone Kettle
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15. Chang'an Restaurant

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227 W Valley Blvd #348
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 872-0906
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Head to San Gabriel for a heavy-hitting $20 lunch. Diners choose a single dish from each of the four categories: appetizers, main course, grilled skewers, and rice. Dig into a half dozen wings, sweet and sour shrimp, and a lamb shoulder skewer.

Chang’an Restaurant
Chang’an Restaurant
Celine L./Yelp

1. HiHo Cheeseburger

1320 2nd Street B, Santa Monica, CA 90401
A juicy HiHo Cheeseburger sits as a product shot.
HiHo Cheeseburger
HiHo Cheeseburger [official photo]

It’s hard to find a more satisfying meal than a burger, fries, and a slice of pie. The $15 menu covers all the bases, and as an added bonus, the drippy burger includes three patties of grass-fed goodness.

1320 2nd Street B
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Night + Market Sahm

2533 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
NIGHT + MARKET Sahm
NIGHT + MARKET Sahm

Kris Yenbamroong’s $20 three-course menu features many of the restaurant’s best-sellers and the chef’s signature dishes. Start with a “Drinking Snack” served with sticky rice like the crispy rice salad or “Hey-Ha Party Wings.” Follow it up with pad see ew gai (rice noodles with chicken and broccoli) or orange chicken. There’s also mango with coconut rice for dessert.  

2533 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

3. Maple Block Meat Co.

3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
Maple Block Meat Co.
Maple Block Meat Co.

Fifteen dollars goes a long way at this haven for smoked meats. Choose from brisket, turkey, or pork shoulder, pair it with a side of slaw, mac and cheese, or braised greens, add on a baby kale or house salad, then wash it all down with an iced tea, lemonade, or Arnold Palmer.  

3973 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

4. Little Sister

247 Avenida Del Norte, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Little Sister
Little Sister
Alex P./Yelp

Visit the Redondo Beach outlet of Tin Vuong’s Vietnamese chainlet for a $20 menu that includes a drink (Vietnamese iced coffee, tea, or soda), an appetizer (the green papaya salad is a good call), and a main course of lemongrass chicken banh mi or beef pho.  

247 Avenida Del Norte
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

5. A.O.C.

8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
AOC
AOC’s Bloody Maria
AOC [official photo]

Indulge in hospitality at its finest at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s beloved wine bar. The $25 two-course menu includes cheese and charcuterie and an albacore salad. Consider adding on dessert for an additional $6; choices include a butterscotch pot de creme and a chocolate cake.

8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. E.P. & L.P.

603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
E.P. & L.P.
E.P. & L.P.
E.P. & L.P./Facebook

Get a dose of Southeast Asian-inspired fare with Louis Tikaram’s $20 two-course menu, which also includes orange juice, coffee, or a mimosa. Choose from entrees like fried chicken served with Hong Kong-style waffles and Indonesian shrimp fried rice. Fresh fruit and coconut sorbet are on hand for dessert.

603 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Blue Ribbon
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove
Jakob N. Layman

Take a break from shopping at The Grove to build-your-own lunch. Choose three dishes from a menu of seven offerings. The tiger shrimp tempura, salmon carpaccio, and tuna poke offer bang-for-your-buck.

189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. 189 by Dominique Ansel

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
189 Dominique Ansel
189 Dominique Ansel
Wonho Frank Lee

Sit down to a $25 three-course lunch orchestrated by the famed pastry chef. The menu includes lobster rolls and fried chicken on the savory side of things, and freshly baked cookies and a pavlova for dessert.

189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Kali

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Kali Dining Pop-Up
Kali

Kevin Meehan’s $25 three-course menu is hard to top. Go with the black barley risotto to start, followed by the sea urchin spaghetti, and finish with his famous meringue gelato made with sugar-cured egg yolks.

5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

10. Maccheroni Republic

332 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Maccheroni Republic
Maccheroni Republic
Allen R./Yelp

Downtown worker bees should make time for this $20 three-course menu. There’s buttermilk mozzarella and crostini to start, plenty of pasta for main courses (the gnocchi bolognese and pumpkin ravioli are solid bets), and a choice of chocolate mousse or tiramisu for dessert.   

332 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. Bar Amá

118 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Bar Amá
Bar Amá

Josef Centeno’s ode to Tex-Mex is offering two-courses for $20. Choose from breakfast tacos and a chicken milanesa torta to start and finish with fried ice cream or a churro funnel cake.

118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

12. KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar

421 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
A hand shows off a hand roll of sushi.
KazuNori
KazuNori [official photo]

It’s easy to get in-and-out in under an hour at this hand roll specialist. The $15 set-menu includes an order of salmon sashimi and three hand rolls (toro, crab, and cucumber).

421 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

13. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

787 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Rappahannock
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Wonho Frank Lee

Hearty offerings like a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and the Rapp Burger with cheddar are on hand for $15. Round out lunch with crispy fingerlings, haricot vert, or Chinese broccoli.

787 Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

14. Bone Kettle

67 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Bone Kettle
Bone Kettle
Bone Kettle [official photo]

Two savory courses are on deck for $20 at Erwin Tjahyad’s Indonesian-influenced spot. Start with an order of the fried chicken wings or the gado gado salad with peanut dressing, then move on to a noodle soup with bone broth served with a protein of choice.

67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

15. Chang'an Restaurant

227 W Valley Blvd #348, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Chang’an Restaurant
Chang’an Restaurant
Celine L./Yelp

Head to San Gabriel for a heavy-hitting $20 lunch. Diners choose a single dish from each of the four categories: appetizers, main course, grilled skewers, and rice. Dig into a half dozen wings, sweet and sour shrimp, and a lamb shoulder skewer.

227 W Valley Blvd #348
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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