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Napa Valley Grille
During dineLa restaurant week now through Jan. 28 and Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, chef Joseph Gillard will offer diners a mix-and-match three-course lunch for $22 and a wine country inspired prix fixe dinner for $34. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322, www.napavalleygrille.com.
During dineLA, one of West Hollywood’s liveliest restaurants is offering a three-course menu for $26. Start with a choice of three appetizers. My favorites are the avocado egg roll or the smoked bacon dates stuffed with blue cheese. For your entrée choice they are serving a filet mignon, miso-glazed salmon or country-fried chicken. The desserts include a chocolate ganache cake, peach cobbler or bread pudding. 8811 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)855-0800.
dineLA at Luna Park
A special three-course lunch ($16) and dinner ($26) menu is available now through Jan. 28 and Jan. 30 to Feb. 4. There is a choice of three appetizers, entrées and desserts. I enjoyed the warm goat cheese fondue with apple slices and grilled bread, and then pan seared Mahi Mahi on a scrumptious Moroccan couscous with spinach, hazelnuts and cranberries. To finish the evening “make your own s’mores” arrives with one fondue pot of bittersweet chocolate, another flaming pot with molten marshmallows and house made graham crackers. After the dineLA special is over, the same three-course menu is available for $30 per person. 672 S. La Brea, (323)934-2110.
Super Bowl Viewing Party
Watch the Steelers play the Packers at Simon LA inside the Sofitel Los Angeles from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6. For $30 per person or $45 per couple dine on mini Iron Chef burgers, margherita pizzas, Cajun-style chicken skewers, spring rolls, two dessert stations and great domestic beers. 8555 Beverly Blvd. (310)358-3979.
New On Sunset
The newly opened GO Burger serves an “UltiMelt” comprised of beef, caramelized onions and bacon sandwiched between two pieces of grilled rye bread and gruyere cheese. It goes well with a draft beer or “All Nighter” spiked milkshake with Kahula, Bailey’s, espresso and coffee ice cream. Watch the Super Bowl game on a big screen at the relaxed bar area. 6290 Sunset Blvd. (323)327-9355.
La Monarca Bakery
The Latino influenced La Monarca “Monarch Butterfly” Bakery has opened a location in Santa Monica offering a wide assortment of sweets that includes croissants with dulce de leche, guava and cream cheese and cinnamon. They also offer savory treats, such as spicy Trenzas filled with jalapenos, ham and cheese. Priced from $1 to $4. 1300 Wilshire Blvd. (310)451-1114. Also locations in Huntington Park and City of Commerce. www.lamonarcabakery.com
National Croissant Day
The last weekend in January is the time to honor and enjoy the buttery and flaky French pastry. Breadbar is celebrating with a mini croissant flight for $4.95. Choose a petite classic croissant, chocolate croissant, raisin croissant, or cinnamon croissant. Full-size artisanal varieties are available at $1.95 to $4.50 each. 8718 W. Third St. (310)205-0124 or 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)277-3770.
Year of the Rabbit
Wolfgang Puck, Chef Lee Hefter and new chef de cuisine Sara Johannes have created a seven–course tasting menu at WP24 for the Chinese New Year. From Feb. 3 to 18, the menu will feature foods that symbolize blessings, good luck and a long life for $150 per person. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)743-8824.
Obika Mozzarella Bar makes a pressed panini-style pastry sandwich with freshly flown-in from Italy mozzarella a di bufula campana and proscuitto crudo San Daniele for $9. Great for lunch or an afternoon snack. 8500 Beverly Blvd. 6th Floor, (310)652-2088.
Cinque Terre Lunch
Café del Rey is offering an Italian inspired gourmet lunch with a guaranteed in-and-out service in one hour or less for $25. Dishes will rotate daily based on the catch of the day and chef Daniel Robert’s inspiration. Located in Marina del Rey along the marina docks. 4451 Admiralty Way (310)823-6395.
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