Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro
On Thursday, May 2, enjoy the opening night of a fun Hollywood community event that is returning for its 10th year at Yamashiro Hollywood. The Hollywood Night Market, which will be held from 5-10 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 26, features 30 local food vendors like Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Afters Ice Cream, Broad Street Oysters, Eat Love, and Kai Kai Dumplings. Listen to local musicians, and admire live art installations set among one of the best views of the city as the backdrop. 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., (323)466-5125.
Early Birds & Bees Cinco de Mayo
Birds & Bees will be closed on Cinco de Mayo, but celebrate the holiday early on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at downtown L.A.’s favorite underground bar. Bar Manager Jake Larowe is putting a California cactus flair on the classic margarita. Get your ‘fiesta’ on with the Flor de Nopal (cactus flower) made with tortilla chip-washed tequila, lime juice, orange, and nopal syrup. It’s finished with a Frito-crusted rim. 207 S. Broadway, (213)537-0510.
The original traveling outdoor cinema kicks off on Saturday, May 4, with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at the North Hollywood Recreation Center at 11430 Chandler Blvd., and continues every Saturday in May. Guests can enjoy live musical performances, food trucks and a movies shown on a giant inflatable screen. The event reaches many different neighborhoods of Los Angeles, including the Autry Museum in Griffith Park, which offers free entry into the museum for guests to explore the galleries. All locations are 100% dog friendly and even have a fashionably late VIP section for optimal viewing. Bring your pup, grab a bite, and settle in for the show. Advance online purchase is $14, and at the door is $16 per person. Kids tickets are $8 for ages 5-12, and free under 5. For a schedule of locations and movies, visit eatseehear.com.
Kentucky Derby at Baltaire
Dress up in your best hat and outfit to celebrate Derby Day at Baltaire’s annual Kentucky Derby viewing party on Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to let their Southern chic style shine with wide-brimmed hats, dresses, blazers and bowties fit for the Churchill Downs Millionaires Row. A DJ will entertain and a livestream of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” will be shown on multiple screens. Classic Derby cocktails by Bar Manager August O’Mahoney will be served alongside Executive Chef Travis Strickland’s Kentucky Hot Browns. Prizes will be awarded for Best Hat and Best Outfit, and a portion of proceeds from raffle tickets sold will be donated to No Kid Hungry. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., (424)273-1660.
Derby Day at Prank in DTLA
On Saturday, May 4, Chef Ricardo Sanchez will serve Kentucky fried chicken with Bulleit snow cone juleps in a variety of flavors. Instead of betting on horses, Prank will allow guests to “gamble” on the price of their cocktail, ranging from $1-15. 1100 S. Hope St., (213)493-4786.
Cinco de Mayo weekend at the Independence
Enjoy $5 margaritas and palomas all weekend long. For patrons in need of a hangover cure, the new Pediaflite comes with four Pedialyte-based mocktails made with fruit juice and soda water to replace the fluids lost after a night of drinking. 205 Broadway, Santa Monica; (310)458-2500.
Cinco de Mayo with Petty Cash Taqueria
Petty Cash will host Cinco de Mayo brunch on Sunday, May 5, as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. The restaurant will feature wild mushroom sopes with jack cheese, black beans, avocado and fried egg. The Mexican breakfast sandwich is made with chorizo, potatoes, cheese and eggs. The steak and fried eggs include poblano rice, carne asada, and hoja santa. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. 7360 Beverly Blvd., (323)933-5300.
Te’Kila Cinco de Mayo
The upbeat cantina and bar in Sherman Oaks offers a collection of more than 300 bottles of tequila and a variety of handcrafted and giant-sized cocktails to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Te’Kila’s Sunday all-day happy hour is offering $6 shots of Patron Silver, Avion Blanco and Cazadores Blanco. House margaritas are $6, mimosas $5, and bloody marys $7. Enjoy signature margaritas and the smooth and creamy avocado margarita. A foodie fiesta of Baja-style dishes includes homemade queso dip, elote on a stick, nachos Bomba, an array of tacos and carne asada fries. 13817 Ventura Blvd., (818)986-4623.
Backyard BBQ at Bacari W. 3rd
On Tuesday, May 7, chef Lior Hillel will prepare a whole rotisserie lamb on the beautiful garden patio. This party begins at 7 p.m. with endless lamb tacos straight off the pit and a variety of toppings, salad, and two sides. Go to Eventbrite to purchase a $60 ticket. eventbrite.com/e/backyard-bbq-whole-rotisserie-lamb-taco-party-tickets-59199370912. 8030 3/4 W. 3rd St., (323)452-9149.
Mediterranean restaurant Le Grand opens
Greek chefs and brothers Alex and Chris Manos, formerly at Melisse, Wally’s, Providence and the Huntley Hotel, opened their new downtown L.A. restaurant. The menu offers imaginative, ingredient-forward dishes including house-made pasta and fresh seafood. Appetizers include branzino ceviche with basil blossom, Greek yogurt and plantain; and house-made Greek oregano pita bread with whipped citrus, nori butter crème fraiche and fleur de sel. Their traditional family recipe spanakopita is made with fried spinach, feta and fine herbs. Le Grand also features an expansive wine selection of new and old-world wines, as well as a creative craft cocktail program. 707 S. Grand Ave., (323)303-2535.
New Broxton brunch menu
Weekend brunch at this corner Westwood brewery and gastropub is served from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Highlights on the new menu include hot honey chicken and croissant-style waffles, seasonal berry croissant-waffles, fried chicken Benedict and a country blue crab Benedict on two biscuits with poached eggs, roasted tomato and hollandaise sauce. Their avocado toast is on pumpernickel bread with cucumber, house-pickled cauliflower and onion. Try the brunch shrimp and grits served with a poached egg, or a brunch burger made with angus beef, sunny egg, roasted tomato, avocado and crack bacon jam. Finish with a sweet blueberry-pecan chia pudding made with coconut chia, blueberries, pecan granola and toasted coconut. 1099 Westwood Blvd., (310)933-9949.
Cattle & Claw new menu
Celebrating one year on the ground floor patio of Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, the new spring and summer menu offers seasonal fare honoring lobster and beef. Shareable appetizers and family-inspired entrées served in the blooming garden patio include a lobster burger, made with a lobster patty and a grilled beef patty smothered in melted brie and lobster aioli. Enjoy with a jar cocktail, wine or beer. Open seven days a week starting at noon. 8555 Beverly Blvd., (310)770-1654.
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