At a kickoff event, Chef Kerry Simon (above) welcomed Los Angeles food lovers and restaurateurs to Restaurant Week 2011. From January 23 - 28 and January 30th - February 4th, almost 300 restaurants (297 to be exact) are offering diners the opportunity to experience a three course meal at their eateries for a special reduced price. Some are participating and lunch, others at dinner, and many more at both. New to Restaurant Week are Beachwood, Inn of the Seventh Ray and The Hungry Cat and the many returning restaurants include hotspots such as AOC, Cleo, Comme Ca and Petrossian (newly home to Chef Giselle Wellman).
Participating restaurants are organized into three price tiers: Deluxe Dining, Premier Dining and Fine Dining. What this means for you is that the special DineLA Restaurant Week meals are priced at $16, $22 or $28 at lunch and $26, $34, or $44 at dinner. Whether you have always wanted to try Spago, Michael's, Lucques, The Bazaar by Jose Andres or any of the hundreds of participating restaurants, now is your chance to do so. There are still plenty of reservations available for next week. I already have several reservations and have my eye on a few more.
Restaurant Week is a fun way to experience old favorites or places that have been on your list and includes a broad range of price points and cuisines, including Starry Kitchen, a Savory Hunter favorite, and the Brazilian meat fest, Fogo de Chao. So unbuckle your belt a few notches, and start eating!
The list of participating restaurants and their menus are here.
|DineLA Chief Carrie Kommers at right, Kerry Simon at center|