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Why Is This Night Special?
It's a given that weekend nights were made for going out, which includes dining. Even though LA is pretty close to a 24/7/365 town (close in some respects, far far from it in others, but that's another issue entirely), some restaurants find themselves with empty tables every now and then. One thing that many hot eateries have come up with to draw folks in are specialty nights, where things are shaken and stirred or just a tad bit different from the norm. LAist has a roundup of some current special nights running at some top restaurants. Because nothing lasts forever, we suggest you double check with the restaurant to be sure the event is on, and what time it runs before you head out.
We Ho's O-Bar has launched what they call a “Sunday Share"--a very large-plate format created for the entire table, warm and fuzzy family style. Guests enjoy a choice of starter, with entrées and sides sized to share. Priced at $15 per person, the dinner is adjusted to suit the number of diners at each table, and is topped off with the chance to build your own sundae. And the sharing's not just for food; diners are also encouraged to bring their own iPods, with a “shared” connection that will allow you to create your own juke box.
8279 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
Also in We Ho, and also a mere $15 per head, Dominick’s is offering Sunday suppers on their outdoor patio. Diners can enjoy a three-course Italian meal planned by Chef and owner Brandon Boudet for $15 per person. The family-style menus will change weekly. And to liven up the meal, Dominick's house wine, Dago Red, will be available for $10 a bottle on Sunday nights. The menu will be served from 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
8715 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood
Jar has Mozzarella Mondays, hosted by guest chef and friend Nancy Silverton of Campanile and La Brea Bakery. Sample fresh mozzarella combinations in the lounge and bar, including Buratta Ricotta with Braised Artichoke Hearts, Pine Nuts and Currants; Mozzarella with Radicchio, Garlic Confit and Mint Pesto; and Pulled Mozzarella with Smoked Tomato Broth and Grilled Rosemary Bread.
8225 Beverly Boulevard
Panini Night at Dolce features a special panini menu with seafood, meat and vegetarian versions served with potatoes, house-marinated olives and suggested wines. With this specialty menu, diners have affordable options at one of LA's trendiest restaurants.
Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante
8284 Melrose Avenue
The ubiquitous Nancy Silverton spends Tuesdays at La Terza, beginning at 6 p.m., when she and executive chef/owner Gino Angelini work together to bring you Tavola Italiana, an informal antipasto with a wonderful array of tapas-sized dishes, none priced over $5, including burrata and prosciutto, cauliflower frittata, braised baby artichokes, cuttlefish, anchovies, grilled beef with caper aïoli, and assorted Italian cheeses. Reservations accepted only for parties of five or more.
8384 W. Third Street
Dessert means doughnuts at Grace on Wednesdays. But of course, these aren't your everyday Krispy Kreme--and they aren't meant to be picked up and sucked down like you do at those office meetings (you know who you are!). These are far more fancy, and range from chocolate hazelnut beignets with bananas Foster or brown sugar doughnuts accompanied with blackberry preserves, beurre noissette and fresh berry salad.
7360 Beverly Boulevard
Pasadena'sBistro 45 is offering the "Fabulous Forty-Fiver" on Fridays, featuring a special three-course bistro meal with four wines for a mere $45 plus tax and tip.
45 S. Mentor Avenue, Pasadena
Quite possibly the wackiest and most novel of all the current themed nights, the Hyatt in West Hollywood is playing host to the European import called Dining in the Dark, or Opaque. And, yes, you eat not just in dimmed lighting, but in the complete dark--guests enjoy a gourmet three-course meal, with menu options chosen beforehand and service conduct by blind or sight-impaired waitstaff, in total blackout conditions, allowing them to concentrate solely on the sensations of taste, smell and touch--plus, of course, the requisite slurping and crunching. The meal costs $99, and advance reservations are required.
Hyatt West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
(800) 710-1270 (the Opaque reservation hotline)