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Restaurant Week Coming to LA This Month

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I've got great news for Los Angeles dining connoisseurs: DineLA Restaurant Week, a new restaurant-showcase event, begins this month and runs from January 27th through February 8th. Participating diners will be able to feast on prix-fixe three-course meals from such fine establishments as Crustacean, Simon LA, BLD, Katsuya, and many many others. The event aims to

[Unite] restaurants from the traditional to the ultra trendy, dineLA Restaurant Week will promote the extraordinary diversity and culinary expertise found throughout the many neighborhoods in the county of Los Angeles...

The meals are being offered at great prices -- only $15 for a three-course lunch at Luna Park, for instance, or dinner at Sushi Roku for $34 (prices vary according to restaurant and meal). American Express cardholders (yes, they're the event's major sponsor, along with the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, aka LA INC.) can make their reservations now; the general public has to wait until January 16th to save their spots. All of this is an effort to promote a new website, conveniently called dineLA:

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The Website will offer a comprehensive online restaurant guide available to locals
and visitors featuring over 2,000 restaurants. When launched in January, this vibrant online
community will also feature restaurant-focused editorial content written by well-known local food
writers, chef and industry profiles, and an extensive food and wine events calendar.

We'll be checking out several of the participating restaurants -- what a great opportunity for those of us who love eating out but can't always stomach the hefty price tag. The coming weeks may bring more choices, so click on over to the website for updates!