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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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HiHo Cheeseburger

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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
HiHo Cheeseburger [official photo]

Night + Market Sahm

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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

Maple Block Meat Co.

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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.

Little Sister

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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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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]

E.P. & L.P.

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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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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove

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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

189 by Dominique Ansel

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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

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

Maccheroni Republic

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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
Allen R./Yelp

Bar Amá

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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

KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar

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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]

Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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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

Bone Kettle

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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.

Pasadena restaurant Bone Kettle’s broth with noodles.
Bone Kettle
Bone Kettle [official photo]

Chang'an Restaurant

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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

HiHo Cheeseburger

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
HiHo Cheeseburger [official photo]

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.  

NIGHT + MARKET Sahm
NIGHT + MARKET Sahm

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.  

Maple Block Meat Co.
Maple Block Meat Co.

Little Sister

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
Alex P./Yelp

A.O.C.

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]

E.P. & L.P.

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.
E.P. & L.P./Facebook

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove

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

189 by Dominique Ansel

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

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.

Kali Dining Pop-Up
Kali

Maccheroni Republic

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
Allen R./Yelp

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.

Bar Amá
Bar Amá

KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar

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]

Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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

Bone Kettle

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.

Pasadena restaurant Bone Kettle’s broth with noodles.
Bone Kettle
Bone Kettle [official photo]

Chang'an Restaurant

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

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