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Your Guide to Fourth of July Food and Drink

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By Chelsee Lowe

Don’t feel like hosting your own shindig this year, or dealing with crowds at the beach? Here are some fabulous Los Angeles restaurants and bars offering patriotic fare to help you celebrate tomorrow’s holiday - without all the prep or clean up!

Farmshop LA

Tomorrow this Brentwood Country Market gem swaps out its regular menu to offer up an iconic American meal: the fried chicken dinner. Stop by and enjoy three courses for about $42: a salad, some fried chicken goodness, two sides dishes of your choice, and a homemade dessert. Pescatarians and vegetarians can join in the fun, too, as the chefs will have some grilled fish and veggie options on hand.

Napa Valley Grill

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Happy hour deals abound tomorrow at this Westwood bar and restaurant. There will be 50 cent chicken wings, $2 PBRs, and a special firecracker cocktail for $4 each. The special menu ends at 8pm; have your designated driver handy so that afterwards you can make it to the beach for fireworks.

Rock and Reilly’s

Sure, Irish bars celebrate American independence too! Visit this bar on the Sunset Strip if you fancy some Guinness brats or burgers fresh off the grill. They’ll also serve up a special cocktail made with Apple Pie Moonshine and fresh basil.

Street

Need a delicious dinner on the go for the holiday? Call up Susan Feniger’s restaurant and order a few internationally-inspired bento boxes for carry out. If you’re jonesing for something other than the typical hot dog and potato chips, this is your place; culinary options for the to-go boxes cross continents, including Burmese melon salad, Russian spinach dumplings, Malaysian fried noodles, and Ethiopian beef stew. Each box goes for $30.

Burger Lounge

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A corn dog seems like another perfect 4th of July treat, and that’s just what Burger Lounge has added to their menu this month. The 100% American grass-fed beef dog goes for $5.95 a la carte, or for $10.95 you can get a dog, onion rings, and a pink lemonade made with agave.

Lazy Dog

You don’t have to leave Rover at home tomorrow if you choose to get your libations at the Lazy Dog. It’s one of the few LA establishments that’s dog-friendly, and just in time for the 4th they’ve added the a red, white, and blueberry cocktail made with blueberry stoli, agave water, fresh mint, blueberries, lemon and soda water served in a mason jar for $7.25. There are also happy hour specials available from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. -midnight.

Magnolia Bakery

Stop into this sweet shop and for just $3.50 each pick up some red, white, and blue cupcakes for your holiday gathering. If cupcakes aren’t your thing, never fear; it’s blueberry season, so they’ll have other blue desserts to choose from.

Fukuburger

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This unique hamburger joint unveils a new variation tomorrow called the declaration burger, an American-sized monster of a sandwich that includes two 6 ounce beef patties, a mac and cheese patty, and an onion ring. It’s $20, but it sounds like you’ll get your money’s worth.

Happy Fourth!