May 19, 2009

Weekday Food for All

Los Angeles is a town where the only issue for some is the cash burning a hole in their pockets. For the rest of us--the students, the PAs, the interns, the young professionals living on just enough to get by--there are specials. Drink specials. Taco specials. Let's-take-a-brief-vacation-to-Spain-via-wine specials. 

For a few dollars and a little bit of help, Angelenos from Downtown to Venice can all eat like heirs. Here is a list of a few of my favorites and some I have yet to try:

Mediterranean Tapas & Wine 
8022 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles

Flights & Bites on Monday Nights
At Caroline Styne's West 3rd eatery, two flights of wine and a selection of small plates are perfectly paired at a petite price. With destinations changing weekly, Mondays can be an escape where to sample interesting French fromage and various vinos from Spain all without the usual big tab of AOC. Call 323.653.6359 for reservations. 

American Cajun 
1600 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
50% of all food on Mondays

New Latin
6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Cubano Mondays: $25 per person family-style entrees, desserts & mojitos

1108 N. Flores Street, West Hollywood

Taco Tuesdays
With a permanent barrel of chips and $4 margaritas during weekly Happy Hour (4-7pm), this lively West Hollywood spot is making weekdays likable. Add all-you-can-eat $1.50 tacos and good company and Tuesday feels like the new Friday.  .  .except for the workday hangover.

California French 
502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica

Ravioli Wednesdays
With a formal interior and an ever-changing menu, JiRaffe seems like a restaurant fit for special occasions. But on Wednesdays for just $29, Chef Lunetta serves up homemade ravioli, a salad with local ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, a dessert and two glasses of wine. 

Latin American
445 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Ciudad After Dark
This downtown restaurant is a packed spot for lunch and on the weekends,but if you can trek downtown for Wednesday or Thursday nights, you can find a late-night happy hour serving $4.50 specialty drinks and small plates. 

American Lounge
108 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles

Soup Kitchen Fridays
From 5-7pm, The Edison serves up free grilled cheese and tomato soup plus 35 cent concoctions with apropos names like the 401K and the Bailout. If you choose to stay longer, do your part and keep drinking--all proceeds on Fridays go to real local soup kitchens.

Spanish Tapas
109 Santa
 Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
Happy Hour 4-6pm: 6 for $6 tapas, $3 sangria/Stella

9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Happy Hour 5-7:30pm: $7 drinks and appetizers

Carribean/South American
656 N. Virgil Ave., Silver Lake
Happy Hour 5-7pm M-Th: $2-$6 small plates, $2 sangria, and $3 beer, wine, mojitos and margaritas

French-Japanese Fusion
110 Navy Street, Venice
8741 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills
525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles
Happy Hour 5-7pm: $4-$5 sushi/appetizers, $6 specialty drinks

7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywod
11777 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
702 Americana Way, Glendale
Happy Hour 5-7pm: $5-$7 specialty & well drinks, $5 appetizers

New American/Martini Bar
945 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Hard Times Happy Hour 5:30-7:30pm: $5 martinis and $5.50 appetizers

930 Hilgard Ave., Brentwood
Whiskey After Work: $7 appetizers, $9 specialty drinks

1 comment:

  1. Wow, my little gourmand! You certainly seem to know your way around the cool spots of La La.

    Thanks for sharing