DineL.A.’s Restaurant Week starts today, September 1, and runs through September 18, with more than 300 participating restaurants throughout Los Angeles, includng many very close by, such as Cafe Gratitude and Kali on Larchmont Blvd. Also, for the first time, a number of restaurants from the Original Farmers Market will also be participating. In keeping with the pandemic times, this year’s DineL.A. Restaurant Week features al fresco dining (since all indoor dining is still prohibited), along with takeout and delivery options.
Organizers note that now more than ever, DineL.A. is dedicated to its support of L.A.’s vibrant food scene, offering value-driven menus for lunch, dinner and nearly every dining experience. With the restaurant community in constant flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DineL.A. has also expanded beyond restaurant walls this time around, to provide diners ‘A Menu For That’ moment – whether a special occasion, family picnic, day trip, or even dinner on the couch – understanding that food ties us together, both chef to diner and restaurant to city.
As restaurants pivot to address the changing times, this year’s options include family meal kits and more. For example, Sushi|Bar, The Milky Way and Severance Wine Bar on Melrose will offer affordable menus ideal for groups, including picnic boxes, fondue kits and ‘at home’ omakase.
Broad Street Oyster Company, Tam O’Shanter and Mid-Wilshire’s Uovo will add to the roster of restaurants offering multi-course options designed for those outdoor social distancing dinners. And there are even some new restaurants offering delivery-focused concepts (Ggiata Delicatessen), pop-ups (Bar Restaurant’s ‘Valet Parking’), or fast-casual favorites (Pikunico Fried Chicken and Mid-City’s Sky’s Gourmet Tacos).
“We know that Los Angeles is dining out differently now and are deeply aware of the impact that COVID-19 has had on all of our favorite restaurants,” said Stacey Sun, Executive Director of dineL.A. “We felt it was critical to reimagine DineL.A. to complement that reality and encourage diners to keep enjoying meals together, even if it may not be within the structural walls of a restaurant. This DineL.A. Restaurant Week, we’re asking everyone to unite to support L.A.’s restaurant community.”
Lunch menus range $15-$35, with dinner menus priced $25-$65+. Untraditional DineL.A. pricing models will also be available, depending on the restaurant offer. Prices and meal periods also vary by restaurant, and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. Menus may be subject to change due to seasonal availability of ingredients. For a full list of participating restaurants and their menus, see dineLA.com
Local Restaurants Participating in dineL.A.
At Café Gratitude, Executive Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis has created delicious organic plant-based lunch ($30) and dinner ($35) menus for this year’s summer dineL.A. Available for dine-in, takeout and delivery, you can indulge in some guilt-free favorites, including the Spirited Boochcraft Hard Kombucha, Exquisite Coconut Calamari, Bountiful Eggplant Caponata Pasta, or Adventurous Ketogenic Asian Smoked Tofu Bowl, to name just a few.
Click here for the full menu. Locations on Larchmont, in Arts District, and Venice are open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kali, a Michelin Star favorite, is offering dining on its new patio (formerly the parking area at the rear of the restaurant), Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 5-8 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
Kali is featuring a three course menu for $55. Choose one from each category:
Charred avocado / pistachio garden greens / shaved vegetables / kombucha
Black Barley “risotto” / wheatgrass oil / black garlic / fiscalini cheese
Tomato & berry salad / burratta / granola
Sea urchin pasta spaghetti / bread crumbs / ricotta whey
Local black cod corn fondue / pepper confit / polenta
Hangar steak / 8oz / flannery beef / weiser farms potatoes / heirloom tomatoes
Verbena panna cotta / strawberries / crumble
Meringue gelato/ candied yolk shavings
A whole slew of restaurants located at the nearby Original Farmers Market are participating for the first time, so there’s lots to check out that’s close by — not to mention a number of offering at local restaurants in the Fairfax area.
Visit dineL.A. com for a complete list of participating restaurants, nearby and around the city. No need to cook this week!