The LA Beat Guide to dineLA Summer 2012

This year dineLA Restaurant Week will also be happening during the summer between July 16-27, 2012 . It gives chefs a chance to play with seasonal items like corn and stone fruits. The event will take place over 12 days, including the weekends.

The July dineLA Restaurant Week program will offer special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at three different price points: 2-course lunch menus for $15/$20/$25 and  3-course or small plate dinner menus for $25/$35/$45.

I came up with a list of recommendations based on my favorite restaurants. I also looked for intriguing and delicious-sounding menu options. Some places wimp out with the choice of soup or salad, chicken and salmon. For all I know it’s the best salmon in the world, but I’m looking for something that shows the chef’s creativity. A few dishes I can’t wait to get my mouth around this year are: A Frame’s fried chicken, Rivera’s snails, and STK’s roasted bone marrow. Check out our suggestions after the break

Recommendations for lunch or dinner:

A Frame

Akasha

American Farmhouse

Comme Ca

Delphine

Fig & Olive

Firenze Osteria

Lazy Ox Canteen

Lexington Social House

Playa

Post & Beam

Simon LA

Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

Susan Feniger’s STREET

The Foundry on Melrose

Waterloo & City

West 4th/Jane

For lunch:

Border Grill

Chaya Venice

Ford’s Filling Station

Tavern

Tres by Jose Andres

Vertical Wine Bistro

Water Grill

Bargains:

BLD

Grub

Luna Park

Mo-Chica

Rush Street

Seta

Worth a splurge:

AOC

BLT

Bouchon

Craft Los Angeles

Jar

Josie

Lawry’s Prime Rib

Luna Park

 Mar’sel

Rivera

STK

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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