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Where to Eat During This Summer's dineLA Week

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgA twice-annual event, it's mid-summer in Los Angeles, and that means dineLA restaurant week is back with deals for diners. Nearly two weeks long, this is a prime time to try out new restaurants in far-flung parts of the city. Perhaps it's that high-end restaurant in Santa Monica or that charming spot on the Eastside that's put together a reasonable lunch or dinner prix fixe. There are a multitude of restaurants this year, from high to low, that are trying to impress diners around town. Like earlier this year, Eater has compiled a Handy Guide to Dining Out during dineLA, but remember that there are plenty of other choices listed. DineLA runs from now until July 26, with lunch menus priced at $15, $20, and $25, and dinner at $25, $35, and $45.

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One of the original market-driven restaurants in the city, AMMO's dineLA menu starts with caesar salad or frisee with yellow peaches, then moves onto grilled market fish or tagliatelle with sprouting broccoli. And finally the menu ends with flourless chocolate cake or peach cobbler.

Black Hogg

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This Silver Lake restaurant is doing a pretty large menu where diners can pick four courses - two apps, a main, and a dessert. Highlights include the pork bun stuffed with belly and hoisin, octopus chana masala, and five leches bread pudding for dessert.

Bouchon

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Thomas Keller's expansive French bistro in Beverly Hills has a decent selection of various classics, like chicken rillettes, roasted chicken, and peach & almond tart for dessert. The menu has plenty of things to choose from for the budding or experienced Francophile.

Caulfield's Bar & Dining Room

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Chef Stephen Kalt has really transformed the restaurant at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, with a menu heavy with farmers market produce. Lunch time is a great deal with picks like fresh pea soup, kale with medjool dates, and marinaded skirt steak as an entree. Desserts include a peach tart or frozen chocolate souffle.

This restaurant inside Hollywood's The Redbury does a meal featuring Mediterranean cuisine, starting with a choice of mezze, then moving onto a chicken tagine or kebabs, then dessert, like sticky toffee pudding.

Always one of the best dineLA menus, each table starts with a slew of appetizers to share, then there's a selection of main courses like andouille sausage or flatiron steak, then a duet of desserts for the table again: olive oil cake and chocolate & blackberry parfait.

Crossroads

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This plant-based restaurant works with vegetables and grains better than any place in the city. Dinner is just $25 a person and starts with a kale or pee wee potato salad, then features spiced chickpeas or wood-roasted okra, then moves onto "crab cakes" or eggplant ragu. There's even another savory course, with either pappardelle bolognese or scaloppini piccata before going into desserts: sorbets or chocolate ganache tart.

Dal Rae Restaurant

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This old-school steakhouse does thing right, just like they did in the 50's, with starters like caesar salad, the petite pepper steak, and a gold brick sundae - vanilla ice cream covered in a chocolate shell.

Freddy Smalls

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For a straightforward, simple menu that's good for one or two, Freddy Smalls has a $25 dinner that starts with the signature deviled egg or chicken liver mousse, then moves onto a grilled steak panzanella (vege option available upon request), and finally a white chocolate namelaka for dessert.

Fogo de Chão

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Always one of the best deals during dineLA, the menu options are essentially the same, but the prices are lower. All you can eat Brazilian barbecue. Enough said.

Spice Table

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This restaurant featuring the flavors of Southeast Asia has a great dineLA menu starting with kaya toast or peanuts and fried baby anchovies. Then there's a grilled beef salad or raw yellowtail. Next there's a choice of duck rice or kon lon mee, an egg noodle dish with ground pork and char siu, and finally kaffir lime custard for dessert.

Hamasaku

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This classy West LA sushi restaurant hidden in the corner of a strip mall has a pretty great dinner selection, starting with a market ceviche or blue fin tuna cubed sashimi to start, then a choice of hangar steak with a garlic soy pan sauce, chirashi bowl filled with assorted sashimi, and a chicken roulade. There's a supplemental sushi course for those in the mood for that, and finally a flourless chocolate cake or mango cremeux for dessert.

This modern steakhouse on Beverly from chef Suzanne Tracht features a starter of farmers market summer lettuces, then a choice of smoked wild salmon or the restaurant's signature pot roast, then the butterscotch pudding or peach cobbler for a sweet finish.

JiRaffe

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One of the best dineLA menus on the Westside, Jiraffe starts with a classic tomato tart, duck confit, or dungeness crab cake with corn soup. Then it moves onto pan-steamed European cod, beef filet, or eggplant rigatoni. And finally a chocolate hazelnut mousse bomb or peach and blueberry cobbler.

Kiriko Sushi

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One of the best sushi restaurants in the city, Kiriko offers a great dineLA menu starting with some composed dishes like hirame carpaccio, then mains like an omakase sushi plate or halibut tempura. Then a Chinese "pu'ercha" creme brulee for dessert.

LittleFork

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Chef Jason Travi's seafood restaurant in Hollywood offers a tight menu of New England-style dishes, starting with maple eggs or maple pimenton pork belly, then steak frites or monkfish fricasse, and finally apple cidar donut holes or peach shortcake.

Scarpetta

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Scott Conant's Beverly Hills Italian restaurant has a three-course meal starting with pork terrine or roasted sea scallops to start, then a $12 supplement for his famous spaghetti. Mains include braised veal and marrow bone or imported octopus served with fregola. And finally a plum crostada or burnt honey vanilla panna cotta for dessert.

Lukshon

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The lunchtime deal at Lukshon is hard to beat. First you get a glass or wine or beer with your meal (though you can opt for dessert instead). Then, choose cantonese chicken soup, dan dan noodles, or chiang mai curry noodles, all of which come with a side of tea leaf salad.

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This is a great chance to try Ricardo Zarate's new seaside restaurant in MDR if you haven't been already, with picks like the seabass tiradito or albacore ceviche, pacu ribs or chaufa de langosta (lobster fried rice) and a chocolate tart for dessert.

UMAMIcatessen

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This multi-menu eatery in Downtown has a pretty swell lunch and dinner deal, with choices of apps like the brussel sprout salad, mains like pastrami sandwich, and donuts for dessert.

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Ammo

One of the original market-driven restaurants in the city, AMMO's dineLA menu starts with caesar salad or frisee with yellow peaches, then moves onto grilled market fish or tagliatelle with sprouting broccoli. And finally the menu ends with flourless chocolate cake or peach cobbler.

Black Hogg

This Silver Lake restaurant is doing a pretty large menu where diners can pick four courses - two apps, a main, and a dessert. Highlights include the pork bun stuffed with belly and hoisin, octopus chana masala, and five leches bread pudding for dessert.

Bouchon

Thomas Keller's expansive French bistro in Beverly Hills has a decent selection of various classics, like chicken rillettes, roasted chicken, and peach & almond tart for dessert. The menu has plenty of things to choose from for the budding or experienced Francophile.

Caulfield's Bar & Dining Room

Chef Stephen Kalt has really transformed the restaurant at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, with a menu heavy with farmers market produce. Lunch time is a great deal with picks like fresh pea soup, kale with medjool dates, and marinaded skirt steak as an entree. Desserts include a peach tart or frozen chocolate souffle.

Cleo

This restaurant inside Hollywood's The Redbury does a meal featuring Mediterranean cuisine, starting with a choice of mezze, then moving onto a chicken tagine or kebabs, then dessert, like sticky toffee pudding.

Craft

Always one of the best dineLA menus, each table starts with a slew of appetizers to share, then there's a selection of main courses like andouille sausage or flatiron steak, then a duet of desserts for the table again: olive oil cake and chocolate & blackberry parfait.

Crossroads

This plant-based restaurant works with vegetables and grains better than any place in the city. Dinner is just $25 a person and starts with a kale or pee wee potato salad, then features spiced chickpeas or wood-roasted okra, then moves onto "crab cakes" or eggplant ragu. There's even another savory course, with either pappardelle bolognese or scaloppini piccata before going into desserts: sorbets or chocolate ganache tart.

Dal Rae Restaurant

This old-school steakhouse does thing right, just like they did in the 50's, with starters like caesar salad, the petite pepper steak, and a gold brick sundae - vanilla ice cream covered in a chocolate shell.

Freddy Smalls