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DineLA's Must-Try Menus

DineLA's Must-Try Menus

Picture of Zach Liporace
Updated: 11 December 2015
DineLA allows LA’s most voracious diners to venture out of their comfort zone and into some of the hottest restaurants. For a dazzling fortnight in January and July each year, the city’s finest eateries lower prices through the use of special prix-fixe menus. This widens the customer demographic for the higher-end restaurants, and hopefully draws them as regulars-to-be. Below are menus that will tantalize enough to get you in the door, and are spectacular enough to warrant repeat visits.

Black Hogg's Echo Park Burger / Courtesy of @black_hogg
Black Hogg’s Echo Park Burger / Courtesy of @black_hogg

We like to call this place the “Animal” of the Eastside, a starkly decorated, powerhouse meat fest specializing in small plating and bold flavor. This is a true gastropub with no real country of origin. Dishes bounce from continent to continent with offerings such as Cauliflower Chana Masala, Bossam Burnt Ends and, of course, a gluttonous Marrow Burger.Their available selections for the DineLA menu offer thoughtful choices for diners, who get to choose two small plates and one large for $40. It’s the perfect way to get acquainted with this Silverlake gem.

Incredible cocktails and a stunning environment make this downtown eatery a must-visit during DineLA, since tabs can get pricey as the wondrous small plates pile up. Four courses are available at $50 (a three course lunch is $25), and that is a steal considering the price tag per dish. The menu offers a “modern California,” range, a global palette featuring flavors from East Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean. If there’s a cuisine you fancy, chances are they have it down. Don’t skimp on the booze either. The cocktail list is top notch and they have a one-of-a-kind absinthe cart for the truly adventurous.

Connie and Ted's Lobster Roll / Courtesy of Noe Montes
Connie and Ted’s Lobster Roll / Courtesy of Noe Montes

Though the fervor has died down a bit at this West Hollywood/Rhode Island Seafood “Shack,” Chef Michael Cimarusti’s second LA offering is still frying, grilling and broiling some of the best dockside fare out there. As we all know, seafood isn’t cheap and that’s why DineLA couldn’t come soon enough! Connie and Ted’s is offering a $40 three course menu showing off all their favorites: luscious clam chowder, fresh-off-the-boat oysters, grilled calamari and game-changing fish and chips. The better deal comes at lunch ($25), when the offerings switch to include the killer Clam Belly Roll and Hook Burger. You might want to consider throwing down the extra $5 for lobster roll because…lobster.

In our opinion, there is no other better deal in the city! Make a reservation as fast as humanly possible for this upscale dining experience in the heart of downtown at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, for a fraction of the normal cost. Dress up, have some champagne and make the most of your evening with some of the most modern and clean French cuisine in Los Angeles. Eat with your eyes as much as you eat with you mouth at Patina, where plating is an art form in itself. Through DineLA, you can get a three course set usually priced at $100 for only $50, which often includes bonuses from the chef!

Connie and Ted's Oysters / Courtesy of Noe Montes
Connie and Ted’s Oysters / Courtesy of Noe Montes

Other Great Deals:

What to expect: Global Asian flavors rocking Culver City (and your world).

What to expect: Country market and farm fresh eatery that will soothe your soul.

What to expect: Southern fare in a gastropub setting.

By Zach Liporace