AirTalk for July 14, 2014

Where to find the best deals during Restaurant Week in LA

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DineLA kicks off this week with great prix-fixe specials at restaurants across Los Angeles. Some of the city’s tastiest (and priciest) spots have put special menus in place from July 14-27. 

Restaurant week can be a great time to try new genres of food or get a sample of especially expensive offerings, but which restaurants offer the best bang for your buck?

Where are the menus that are true to the restaurant, and where do they deviate from the norm? Will you be making any reservations at DineLA?

Eater LA editor Matthew Kang's picks:

Fundamental in Westwood

"They have a $15 deal where you can get a sandwich or a salad, you get a side, a cookie and a drink. So for $15, basically just under $20 with tax and tip, I think that's a great deal. It's kind of a tiny restaurant hidden away, so that's a nice find." 

Lukshon in Culver City

"This place just looks really nice and fancy, and it might be a little daunting, but for $20 you can get a two-course lunch and throw in another $5 for beer or wine, so for basically around $30 you're getting a great meal. Not quite fine dining, but almost that level."

Bourbon Steak in Glendale

"This is a new Michael Mina steakhouse. They have a $25 lunch, and that's definitely not on the cheap end for a lunch, but you're going to a really swanky steakhouse at the Americana and I think that's a solid lunch on the east side."

Craft in Century City

"The place is a top-notch restaurant, you're going to pay $100 or more during a normal meal, but they have a $45 dinner where they give you three appetizers for the table, so everyone gets to choose at least 3 dishes, and then you can choose five or six entrees, normal portions, and then you get two desserts. So, yes, its $45 a person, but you're getting a huge feast and the service is excellent, the decor is amazing, and Craft is really one of those restaurants, unless you work in Century City, you're not going to go there and splurge, but for $45, I think it's totally worth it."

The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel

"Super fancy, swanky place. A place to dress to impress, but they have a $45 menu. You can basically choose, I think they have 16 courses. They're smaller plates, but you choose 3 out of 16 and you get some appetizers and you get some desserts and if you go with 3 or 4 people you can pretty much order the entire menu. If you like lots of little things it's perfect and it's a beautifully designed restaurant."

Tipple and Brine in Sherman Oaks

"A new seafood restaurant with really good cocktails. They have a $35 dinner deal, they're doing things like fried octopus, fresh fish, you get a chocolate cremeux for dessert. I think they would be a good pick for the Valley, Sherman Oaks and Studio City, the dining scenes are really getting better. I don't know if they're really at the level of great L.A. restaurants quite yet but they're getting there."


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