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dineLA Restaurant Week Turns Into Restaurant Month

October 19, 2009 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

Los Angeles foodies, cleanse your palates and rev up your digestive systems, because dineLA Restaurant Week is extending for yet one more week. Originally slated to run from October 4-9, it stretched through the 16th, and now through the 23rd. In that case, shouldn't it be called Restaurant Month? No matter, because the extension is to your benefit, giving local restaurant-goers the chance to sample some of the city's best eateries for a mere fraction of what it would normally cost to dine at them.

Here's how it works: Go online and take a look at the list of over 200 participating restaurants, choose where you'd like to eat, and make a reservation by calling them directly or via OpenTable. As a friendly tip, we suggest telling your maître d' and server upon arrival that you have joined them as a dineLA Week patron, for two important reasons: 1) You want to make sure that you're getting the adjusted rate, which ranges from $16-44, depending on which price tier of restaurant you choose, and whether you're eating at lunch or dinnertime, and 2) You can't just go about ordering whatever items you want. The restaurants have crafted special dineLA menus for the occasion—three courses of some of their chef's best.

With a sprawling list to choose from online, deciding where you and your guests should flex your gourmet muscle can be overwhelming, to say the least. From our experience, Spago, Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills institution, is a safe bet. It has a Michelin rating to back up its storied reputation, and one of the best almond upside-down cakes we've ever tasted. Friends with discerning taste, meanwhile, consistently rave about BLD, the nouveau diner on Beverly Boulevard, and Luna Park is always a nice, casual, fail-safe lunch option. It's worth noting that not all restaurants include the less expensive lunch menu, so make sure to pay attention to which locations are marked with the dual "L/D" symbol if you're looking for wider options.

Picky eaters may not be the best dining partners for the event, since the menus are pre-fixed, though many locations offer one to three different course options. You can sneak a peek at the menus online to see what the restaurants will be serving up to satisfy your curiosity and help you make a decision. The Foundry's chocolate-covered red velvet cake has us salivating from afar.

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