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.Read More
The 15 Best dineLA Lunch Deals, Winter 2019
The most enticing menus during the semi-annual restaurant week
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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).
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.