dineLA Restaurant Week 2015

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The first round of dineLA’s Restaurant Week 2015 kicks off on Monday January 19th and these are our 7 restaurant recommendations. First, let’s talk about what it is and why you should care. For two weeks (Jan. 19 to Feb. 1) restaurants from across Los Angeles participate in Restaurant Week. Set menus ($15 to $50) are offered during lunch and dinner as a way to introduce locals and tourists to each restaurant. It’s a good opportunity to try new restaurants and take advantage of some good deals.

Connie and Ted’s in West Hollywood Connie and Ted's Ice Cream Go for the $25 for lunch and be sure to order the chowda’ sampler and house made ice cream. Try the mint chocolate chip ice cream if it’s available.

Emporium Thai Cuisine in Westwood

Southern Thai Curry

The menu has not been posted. Lunch will be $15 and dinner will be $30. If their coconut mango salad or southern curry is on the menu, you’ll be in for a treat. Update: The menus have been posted and the famous southern curry is on the lunch and dinner menu. There is also a special item, stewed pork belly with eggs in soy sauce, made exclusively for dineLA, that sounds very enticing.

Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica

Hostaria Del Piccolo Pork Ribs

The menu has not been posted. Lunch will be $15 and dinner will be $30. You’ll be in good hands. We’ve never had a bad meal here. Update: The menus have been posted and their tender roasted pork ribs are on the lunch menu along with several pasta dishes that include their delicious Italian sausage.

Lawry’s Prime Rib in Beverly Hills Lawry's Prime Rib For $50, you get salad, 8 ounces of prime rib, a cart side, lobster tail and dessert. On the regular menu, California cut is $39 plus $14 for a lobster tail and $7 for creamed corn or spinach off the cart. Add the cost of dessert and you can do the math. Let’s not forget the complimentary potato chips and meatballs before you even sit down for dinner.

Piccolo in Venice Piccolo Venice $50 is a great deal for a five course meal at Piccolo. Definitely try the seared scallops, tagliatelle with venison ragu and kurobuta pork chop. Hard to go wrong with any of the options on the menu.

Pono Burger in Santa Monica Pono Burger Santa Monica Looking to splurge on burger and fries? A $15 lunch will you get a signature 1/3 pound, organic grass-fed burger without hormones or antibiotics plus an order of organic hand cut fries. You will be able to taste the difference from the flavor of the beef to the brioche buns.

Yojie Japanese Fondue in Downtown Los angeles 

Yojie Shabu Shabu

5 ounces of Angus beef at lunch with spicy edamame will set you back $20 on a regular day. Go during Restaurant Week and it’s $15 served shabu shabu. If you prefer sukiyaki with a raw egg for dipping, it’s an extra $1.

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