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dineLA Restaurant Week - A Chance to Taste all of Los Angeles

By Stephan Martin

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Dining out is always a treat and while you may have cut back in the past year, dineLA Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to limit the damage to your pocketbook while giving you endless dining opportunities. The Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday October 3rd and runs through October 8th and if that is not enough dining for you, they give you a second chance to enjoy Los Angeles with another Restaurant Week, this one runs from October 10th through the 15th.

Char Sui Beef Short Ribs at Asia De Cuba

Restaurant Week went all out this year by getting 299 restaurants to participate, meaning that you better bring your appetite. You are given some great well known restaurants such as Asia De Cuba, Nobu Los Angeles, Spago Beverly Hills along with several other Wolfgang Puck restaurants. One menu that caught my eye was at the BOA Steakhouse in Santa Monica, as part of the dinner they are offering spaghetti with Kobe beef meatballs, one of many original items that you can find while looking through the many restaurant menus. Don't limit yourself to the biggest name restaurants, this is also the time to give some amazing lesser known restaurants a chance to tantalize your taste buds.

Chi Dynasty recently opened up a second location in Studio City and Los Angeles Restaurant week gives you the perfect opportunity to visit them. The well known original is located in Los Feliz and the new version has a very upscale feel with the same tantalizing menu. The dinner menu offers two great entrees; the sesame chicken and the sizzling beef and scallops. Sizzling is the perfect term as this dish is served to you fresh off the grill and it literally is sizzling when it reaches you. The portion of this dish is incredible and the beef and scallops are both tender and full of flavor from a very subtle oyster sauce. The sesame chicken is somewhat similar to the orange chicken but it is prepared with a more thinly sliced chicken and it gives you a little more crispy texture and it is a little less on the sweet side with a hint of ginger and garlic and the sauce is little more spicy than you will find with the orange chicken.

Dynasty Pan-Fried Noodles

Make sure you come back to Chi Dynasty to try the fried calamari or just order this in addition to your Restaurant Week menu. This was the best calamire I have ever had, not only was it fresh and crispy but they add scallions and jalapeno peppers for flavor. The jalapeno really brings the perfect amount of heat to a perfectly prepared dish. The other dish that you will really enjoy is the Dynasty Pan-Fried noodles. You can get this served with any type of meat but it is the fact that the texture changes throughout the dish that makes this such a joy to eat. You have soft noodles in the dish but the crunch but not overdone noodles are a joy to eat. Finally, make sure you drink a Ku Blackberry Mojito with your dinner. Prepared with Soju Original, this is a great drink to beat the heat and I would put it up against any mojito in Miami.

Ku Blackberry Mojito

Participating restaurants opt into one of three dining categories and present a specially priced three-course meal for lunch and/or dinner. Diners choose from three choices for each course including appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and meal period and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. Lunches range from 16 to 28 dollars and dinner ranges between 26 and 44 dollars. Chi Dynasty offers both lunch and dinner options.

Here are the Dinner options at Chi Dynasty to give you an idea of what one of the dineLA menus look like:
Choice of Appetizers
Choice of Wonton Soup, Hot & Sour Soup, or Sizzling Rice Soup
Chinese Chicken Salad
Our signature dish of chicken tossed with preserved ginger, scallions, ground peanuts, sesame seeds, and lettuce in our special vinaigrette sauce
Honey-Glazed BBQ Ribs
Marinated in sweet/smoky BBQ sauce and slowly roasted in our Chinese oven, then finished on the grill
Choice of Entrees
Sesame Chicken
Sliced white meat lightly battered and stir fried with ginger, garlic and scallions in our sweet and spicy pungent sauce. (served with garlic string beans, choice of white or brown rice, and Chinese tea)
Sizzling Beef and Scallops
Tender slices of beef with fresh jumbo scallops sautéed with mixed vegetables in a savory oyster sauce. (served with garlic string beans, choice of white or brown rice, and Chinese tea)
Steamed Fish
Fish of the day steamed with ginger, scallions, cilantro and soy sauce. (served with garlic string beans, choice of white or brown rice, and Chinese tea)
Choice of Desserts
Li Chee Nuts
Sesame Banana
Ice Cream
Your choice of green tea or ginger

If you really want to get out this week and can visit three restaurants there is one more enticement for you. American Express Cardmembers will be able to register any eligible American Express® Card to receive a $20 statement credit when they dine three or more times during dineLA Restaurant Week at participating restaurants. This exclusive promotion is designed to encourage Cardmembers to take full advantage of the special three-course meals.

The Millennium Biltmore Galleria

Finally if you really want to make this an L.A. experience, you can also find hotel packages that allow you to combine dining to go along with a night at one of the finest hotels in Los Angeles. Among the hotels are the W Los Angeles in Westwood, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills just to name a few.

W-Los Angeles

Take a few minutes and look at some of the menus that are offered, with so many restaurants and so many options this is the perfect time to get out there and try a new restaurant while doing so at a value you will not find very often.

For more information on dineLA Restaurant Week, visit: http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.jsp

The following is a list of participating restaurants:

555 East Steakhouse
Ahi Sushi
Amalfi Ristorante and Bar
Angeli Caffe
Arroyo Chop House
Asia De Cuba
Bann Los Angeles
Bar Celona
Bashan Restaurant
BEACON an asian cafe
Bistro LQ
Bloomingdale's 59th & Lex Cafe - Century City
Bloomingdale's 59th & Lex Cafe - Sherman Oaks
BLT Steak
Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant
Blvd. 16
BOA Steakhouse - Santa Monica
BOA Steakhouse - West Hollywood 
Border Grill - Downtown LA
Border Grill - Santa Monica
Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar
Boxwood Cafe by Gordon Ramsay
Ca' del Sole
Cafe 140 South
Cafe Bizou - Pasadena
Cafe Bizou - Santa Monica
Cafe Bizou - Sherman Oaks
Cafe Del Rey
Cafe La Boheme
Cafe Pinot
Cafe Rodeo at The Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive
Cafe Stella
Cafe Was
Caffe Roma
CASA Cocina Y Cantina
Catalina Kitchen at Terranea Resort
Catch Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cayenne Restaurant
Celestino Ristorante and Bar
Cezanne Restaurant
Cha Cha Cha - Silver Lake
Chablis Food + Wine
Charlie's Malibu
Chart House - Malibu
Chart House - Marina del Rey
Chart House - Redondo Beach
Chaya Brasserie
Chaya Downtown
Chaya Venice
Cheval Blanc Bistro
Chi Dynasty - Studio City
Chilbo Myunok USA
Chinois On Main
Coast Restaurant
Comme Ca
Coupa Cafe
Craft Los Angeles
Culina, Modern Italian
D' Cache
Da Pasquale Trattoria
Daily Grill - Brentwood
Daily Grill - Burbank
Daily Grill - Downtown LA
Daily Grill - Santa Monica
Daily Grill - Studio City
Dal Rae
Delancey Hollywood
Delphine Eatery & Bar
District Grill
Drago Centro
Drago Ristorante
Duke's Malibu
Enoteca Drago
Enterprise Fish Co.
Eva Restaurant
Fig Restaurant Santa Monica
First & Hope
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - El Segundo
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Woodland Hills
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at L.A. LIVE
Fogo de Chao Churrascaria
Ford's Filling Station
Fraiche - Culver City
Fraiche - Santa Monica
Gaucho Grill - Brentwood
Gaucho Grill - Long Beach
Geisha House
Gladstone's Malibu
Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood
Grand Lux Cafe
Green Street Restaurant
Hal's Bar & Grill
Hard Rock Cafe - Universal
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.
Henry's Hat
Hot Stuff Cafe
i Cugini
Il Fornaio - Beverly Hills
Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach
Il Fornaio - Pasadena
Il Fornaio - Santa Monica
Il Forno Ristorante
Il Grano
Il Sole Ristorante
Itacho Japanese Izakaya and Sushi
Jar Restaurant
JiRaffe Restaurant
Josie Restaurant
K-ZO Restaurant
Katsuya - Brentwood
Katsuya - Glendale
Katsuya - Hollywood
Katsuya at L.A. LIVE
Kitchen 24
L.A. PRIME, A New York Steakhouse
La Botte
La Cachette Bistro
La Grande Orange - Santa Monica
La Grande Orange Cafe - Pasadena
LA Market by Kerry Simon
La Sandia Santa Monica
La Vecchia Cucina
Larchmont Grill
Lasher's American Restaurant
Lawry's The Prime Rib
Le Petit Cafe
Lilly's French Cafe & Wine Bar
Little Next Door
Locanda del Lago
Locanda Positano
Locanda Veneta
Loteria! Grill - Hollywood
Loteria! Grill - Studio City
Lum-Ka-Naad Thai Restaurant
Luna Park
Magnolia - Downtown
Magnolia - Hollywood
Maison Akira
Malo Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Maria's Italian Kitchen - Downtown
Marston's Restaurant
Matteo's Restaurant
McKenna's on the Bay
Meet French Bistro
Michael's on Naples Ristorante
Michael's Restaurant
Modo Mio Cucina Rustica
Monsoon Cafe
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro @ The Grove
Morton's The Steakhouse - Downtown
Morton's The Steakhouse - Woodland Hills
Mr. Chow Beverly Hills
Napa Valley Grille
Nic's Beverly Hills
Ninethirty at The W Hotel
Nobu Los Angeles
Noe Restaurant & Bar
Noir Food & Wine
Nonna of Italy
O Bar & Kitchen
Oak Fire Pizzeria & Pub - West Hollywood
Obika Mozzarella Bar
Ocean and Vine at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ocean Avenue Seafood & Oyster Bar
On Sunset at the Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd.
One Pico
ONYX at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Ortega 120
Ortolan Restaurant
Palate Food + Wine
Pane e Vino Trattoria
Papa Cristo's Greek Grill
Parkway Grill
Pete's Cafe & Bar
Petrossian Paris Boutique & Restaurant
Piccolo Ristorante
Pinot Bistro
POP Champagne & Dessert Bar
Ports O' Call
Red White + Bluezz
RH Restaurant and Bar
Rivera Restaurant
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Rosa Mexicano at L.A. LIVE
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine - Downtown Los Angeles
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine - Pasadena
Rush Street
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Beverly Hills
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pasadena
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Woodland Hills
Sai Sai Modern Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar
Seoul Jung
Simon LA
Smeraldi's Restaurant
Smitty's Grill
Soi 56 Bangkok
Soi 7
Sor Tino Ristorante
Spago Beverly Hills
Spark Woodfire Grill - Studio City
Starry Kitchen
Stevens Steak and Seafood House
sugarFISH by Sushi Nozawa - Brentwood
sugarFISH by Sushi Nozawa - Marina del Rey
Susan Feniger's STREET
Sushi Roku - Pasadena
Sushi Roku - Santa Monica
Tam O'Shanter
Taste at the Palisades
Taste on Melrose
Tengu - Westwood Village
The Abbey Food & Bar
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
The Belmont
The Belvedere Restaurant
The Blvd at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
The Bridge
The Capital Grille
The Conservatory Grill at Montage Beverly Hills
The Derby Restaurant
The Farm of Beverly Hills
The Farm of Beverly Hills at L.A. LIVE
The Farm of Beverly Hills at The Grove
The Foundry on Melrose
The Grill on Hollywood
The Grill On The Alley, Beverly Hills
The Grill on the Alley, Westlake
The Hideout
The Lazy Ox Canteen
The Little Door
The Lobster
The Olive Kitchen + Bar
The Palm Restaurant - Downtown LA
The Palm Restaurant - West Hollywood
The Penthouse at The Huntley
The Raymond Restaurant
The Restaurant at The L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
The Restaurant at The Standard, Downtown LA
The Roof Garden Restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel
The Six Restaurant
The Sky Room
The Spanish Kitchen
The Studio Cafe
The Sunset Restaurant
The Tar Pit
The Warehouse Restaurant
The Whale & Ale
Tra Di Noi
Trastevere Trattoria Italiana - Santa Monica
Tres by Jose Andres
Trump National Golf Club - Cafe Pacific
Upper West
Upstairs 2
Urban Noodle
Valentino Restaurant
Vermont Restaurant & Bar
Vertical Wine Bistro
Vibrato Grill & Jazz
Villa Sorriso
Vinoteque on Melrose
Water Grill
Waterloo and City
West Restaurant and Lounge
Wilshire Restaurant
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at L.A. LIVE
Wolfgang Puck Bistro - Downtown LA
Wolfgang Puck Bistro - Universal City
Wolfgang Puck Bistro - Westlake Village
World Cafe
Xiomara on Melrose
XIV by Michael Mina
Yojie Japanese Fondue & Sake Bar
YongSuSan Korean Restaurant
Yujean Kang's Gourmet Chinese Cuisine
Zengo Santa Monica
Zucca Ristorante

Published on Dec 31, 1969

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