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What You’re Eating: Hot Menu Specials

September 4, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Willie Jane)

(credit: Willie Jane)

(credit: Mo-Chica)

(credit: Mo-Chica)

Although September has rolled around, here in our sunny City of Angels, it’s still warm. Actually, it’s been super hot! L.A.’s restaurant specials and food menus are just as hot. We have a great list of new menus, dinner specials, new restaurant openings and refreshing cocktail promos for you for this week’s roundup.

(credit: Mo-Chica)

(credit: Mo-Chica)

Mo-Chica

514 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-3744
mo-chica.com

Every Tuesday, the Peruvian cuisine hotspot, Mo-Chica has an awesome weekly promo. For five courses of deliciousness, it’s only $27 per person. This tasting menu changes every three weeks, so you can always come back and have a new culinary experience.

(credit: Marian Bacol-Uba)

(credit: Marian Bacol-Uba)

Paiche

13488 Maxella Ave
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 893-6100
paichela.com

Sister restaurant to Mo-Chica, over in Marina Del Rey is Paiche. It’s a seafood-centric Peruvian establishment that offers two different “Omakase” or “Trust the Chef” lunch specials. OMAKASE 1: $19 per person for four courses (two appetizers, one entree, one dessert). OMAKASE 2: $29 per person for five courses (two appetizers, one selection from the grill, one entree, one dessert).

(credit: Michael Ngim)

(credit: Michael Ngim)

Crème Caramel LA

14849 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
www.cremecaramella.com

Known for their delicious sweets and flans that are fan favorites at local farmer’s markets, Crème Caramel has found a permanent home in Sherman Oaks. Their Grand Opening is on Monday, Sept. 9. You can also find other artisanal and locally-owned treats inside their café such as bento boxes, high tea sandwiches and something called “Unicorn Poop” (sweet, light, fluffy meringue dusted in sugar).

(credit: Tortilla Republic)

(credit: Tortilla Republic)

Tortilla Republic

616 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-9888
tortillarepublic.com

To celebrate Mexico’s 203rd Independence Day, Tortilla Republic has a special of $2.03 tacos. On Sept. 16 and 17, for only $20.03, they are also offering a two-course prix-fixe dinner. They are also hosting a Don Julio Tequila 101 tasting with tapas pairing on Sept. 21.

(credit: Willie Jane)

(credit: Willie Jane)

Willie Jane

1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-2425
williejane.com

Willie Jane in Venice brings “garden to glass,” to life. Bar Manager Derrick Bass creates craft cocktails such as the Floral, which contains rosemary and thyme (two powerful detoxifying agents) and the Coal Miner’s Daughter that mixes thyme and macerated ginger (containing anti-inflammatory properties). His seasonally revolving cocktail program complements the restaurant and Executive Chef Govind Armstrong’s overall ethos to incorporate fresh California ingredients into every Southern-inspired dish. They also have a weekend brunch special including bottomless mimosas for $15.

(credit: Marian Bacol-Uba)

(credit: Marian Bacol-Uba)

Maru

12400 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 150
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 820-7240
marusantamonica.com

This Japanese sushi bar and restaurant in Santa Monica now has a new business lunch special. Two courses for just $25 and it also comes with an order of soup. This changes daily and ranges from selections like the Pork in Puff Pastry, Petite Filet Mignon and Grouper. It’s a gourmet culinary lunch at a wallet-friendly price.

(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)

Fig & Olive

8490 Melrose Pl
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
figandolive.com

Executive Chef Pascal Lorange is teaming up with five neighboring family-run and sustainable farms to create a three-course Farmers Tasting Menu ($55; available Sunday through Tuesday for dinner). Highlighting Los Angeles’ seasonal bounty, the locally-sourced menu showcases premier ingredients from nearby purveyors, such as Kenter Canyon Farms (Fillmore); Country Fresh Herbs (Somis); Weiser Family Farm (Tehachapi);Harry’s Berries (Oxnard); and Tenerelli Orchards (Littlerock). For example, we are sourcing fresh, bright basil and greens from Kenter Canyon Farms, ripe heirloom tomatoes from Country Fresh Herbs, and sweet Cavaillon melon from Weiser Family Farms.

(credit: Tom O'Shanter)

(credit: Tom O’Shanter)

Tam O’Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-0228
tamoshanter.com

Tam O’Shanter, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants and one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, has started an exciting new “Wine Wednesdays.” “Wine Wednesdays” will feature 50 percent off of select bottles of wine and the captains list every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to close in the Tam’s Ale & Sandwich Bar and dining rooms. The promotion will run through Wednesday, Nov. 13. “Wine Wednesday” guests also will be able to enjoy the Tam’s celebrated cheese and charcuterie program, which features perfectly matured and tempered artisanal cheeses from every corner of the globe along with premier meats, all of which are freshly sliced to order at the restaurant’s cheese and charcuterie station.

(credit: Tokyo Fried Chicken Company)

(credit: Tokyo Fried Chicken Company)

Tokyo Fried Chicken Company

122 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9829

Tokyo Fried Chicken Company aka TFCC is now open! TFCC is where Southern comfort food meets Japanese-inspired innovation. If you love Japanese karaage chicken, this is a step above with its deep fried juiciness. Try their chicken with any or all of their 10 freshly-made sides like curry creamed corn and soy glazed carrots with bacon.

(credit: Flemings Steakhouse)

(credit: Flemings Steakhouse)

Flemings Steakhouse

Multiple Locations
flemingssteakhouse.com

This September, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar perfectly pairs sun and sea introducing a succulent Filet Mignon matched with savory Crab-Stuffed Shrimp. This indulgent two-course, prix-fixe menu is available when guests make online reservations from Sept. 3 through Sept. 30. Guests who reserve online can enjoy this two-course prix-fixe menu for $32.95

(credit: Aaron Ranf)

(credit: Aaron Ranf)

Rustic Canyon

1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7050
rusticcanyonwinebar.com

In honor of National Bourbon Month, Rustic canyon has created some seasonal creations made from ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Try their Maple Berry Smash cocktail made with Johnny Drum Green Label Bourbon, fresh lemon, fresh mint, maple syrup and summer berries. Sounds so refreshing, doesn’t it?

Marian Bacol-Uba is the founder of www.culinaryescort.com, a boutique marketing and event planning agency specializing in Restaurants and Hospitality. You can follow her eating, imbibing and traveling adventures on www.marianthefoodie.com. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

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