When Papoo’s Hot Dog Show closed its doors last year, Adam Fleischman and Allen Ravert saw another great location for their Umami Burger empire. Umami Burbank, bordering Toluca Lake, officially opens on July 29. The restaurant is serving seven different gourmet hot dogs, as well as the beloved Umami menu items. The Show Burger only is served at this location. It’s an Umami patty topped with Hak’s barbecue sauce, crispy onion rings, bacon lardons and beer cheese. Hak’s barbecue sauce is made by Sharone Hakman, the Fox Network’s Master Chef who became a hit on the show when he crafted a barbecue sauce with sophisticated flavors. The judges declared his sauce “a secret weapon.” 4300 Riverside Dr. (818)433-3680.
Breakfast of Champions
On Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, Tony’s Darts Away will be hosting its board game competition, featuring nostalgic favorites like Connect 4, Battleship, Jenga and Chutes & Ladders. The winners will move on to the finals on Saturday, Aug. 3. The games begin at 10:30 a.m. each day. Teams compete round-robin style. The winning team will receive two Golden Road growlers and a chance to drink from the Tony’s coveted chairman of the board cup filled with beer of the winner’s choosing. Chef Randal St. Clair will serve vegan and non-vegan breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, biscuits and gravy. 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd. (818)253-1710.
Montage Sunset Dining
Executive Chef Gabriel Ask has created a new summer menu at the Rooftop Grill. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, guests can now enjoy a new early evening sunset menu from 3 to 7 p.m. Chef Gabriel’s menu includes crab Louis lettuce wraps and a harvest kale salad, local halibut tacos and a steak salad served with poached pear bleu cheese and roasted shallot vinaigrette. Specialty cocktails include a cucumber melon martini and the popular Montage margarita, which goes nicely with an order of guacamole, salsa and housemade tortilla chips. The Montage Rooftop Grill is also now open for Sunday dinners from 6 to 9 p.m. With views of the city, from the Hollywood hills to downtown Los Angeles, the poolside retreat offers crab cakes and lemon paprika aioli and short rib sliders topped with crispy onions. The seafood plateau features jumbo shrimp, Maine lobster, Kushi oysters and snow crab. Prime filet mignon and Colorado rack of lamb are served with a choice of sauces. 225 North Canon Dr. (310)860-7990.
National Cheesecake Day
On July 30, the Cheesecake Factory is offering dine-in guests any slice of cheesecake for half price. The restaurants will also introduce a new flavor: Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore cheesecake. It’s a playful spin on the classic s’mores with Hershey’s cheesecake topped with rich chocolate ganache and finished with toasted housemade marshmallow, Honey Maid graham crackers and whipped cream. 189 The Grove Dr. (323)634-0511.
Off the Grill at Nick + Stef’s
Nestled amongst downtown L.A.’s skyscrapers, Nick + Stef’s patio features an “Off the Grill” menu on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests who visit on Thursdays will enjoy live music, delicious barbecue dishes and refreshing cocktails. Specialty cocktails by Paul Sanguinetti will be available for $12, pitchers of sangria are $40, and Moscow mule mugs are $10. Executive Chef Megan Logan is grilling shrimp skewers with mango salsa, marinated skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, barbecue tri tip sandwiches on a ciabatta roll with creamy horseradish sauce and a half rack of barbecue pork ribs. All entrées come with a side dish that includes purple potato salad, mango and jicama slaw, grilled corn on the cob or sugar snap salad. This special barbecue menu is served every Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 30. 330 S. Hope St. (213)680-0330.
Wirtshaus Anniversary Party
Celebrating their second year on July 27, the owners and staff at the German restaurant and biergarten will offer live German music, free beer and a schnitzel special. Guests seated at 3 p.m., and who purchase an entrée, can drink for free from the ceremonial birthday keg. The first keg will be on the house until it runs dry. The beer goes great with the Wirtshaus signature schnitzel of sautéed pork, breaded and topped with garlic cream sauce and a fried egg for $12. Two sides are included with this anniversary special dish. 345 N. La Brea Ave. (323)931-9291.
Patina Summer Tasting Menus
On Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, diners are invited to experience classic summer ingredients in new ways with a tomato-tasting menu. For $68 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), guests can enjoy a five-course menu that includes tomato gazpacho with haricot vert and panzanella; butter-poached Maine lobster with heirloom tomato marmalade and haricot vert; and tomato en glacée, a basil granite in crème fraîche custard and tomato caramel. 141 S Grand Ave. (213)972-3331.
Wood + Vine
This month the bar team is offering monthly whiskey flights. In July’s flight there are three bourbons representing three different mash bills — Laceny for the wheated mash bills, Knob Creek for the traditional mash bills, and Basil Hayden’s representing the high rye mask bills. The flight of three, three-quarter ounce pours is $12. Also, on July 28, Wood + Vine will show the 1957 classic movie, “Sweet Smell of Success” with Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Susan Harrison. 6280 Hollywood Blvd. (323)334-3360.
The Children’s PLACE at Original Farmers Market
Celebrate the premiere of Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel” on Saturday, July 27 from noon to 2 p.m. by meeting the show’s creators: Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. The first 50 attendees will take home a one-of-a-kind hand drawn illustration. Radio Disney will sponsor a dance party where guests will meet Phineas, Ferb and Perry the Platypus. Children’s PLACE is giving away a free school supply kit, while supplies last, with the purchase of any Marvel or Phineas and Ferb T-shirts, sizes 4 to 14. 110 S. Fairfax Ave. (323)939-1813.
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