7 Must Try Eateries from Winter dineL.A. Tamara Austring January 17, 2017 Spread the loveCheese Filled Olives and Thai Fried Chicken Just a Few Dishes to Anticipate Written By: Tamara Philips dineL.A. Restaurant Week Los Angeles Foodies Rejoice! Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, dine.LA. has returned to Los Angeles with some amazing participating local restaurants. With food selections from around the world (Italy, Japan, France, China, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, and more), you’re sure to feel cultured after experiencing all these bites from January 13th to the 27th. Each eatery has created a special menu just for dineL.A. Lunches begin at $15 and dinners begin at $29. Though narrowing it down for your reference is a difficult task, here are the top seven. Bon appetite! Chianina Steakhouse One of Long Beach’s greatest steakhouses, Chianina has prepared a delectable dinner menu for a phenomenal price. For the first course you may choose between scallops or cavatelli. And for the second course, the charcoal grilled bavette steak will make your fine dining dreams come true, served with potato and leek terrine, roasted mushroom duxelle, bone marrow croquette, and garnered with a farm lot mustard frill. Perfection! Dinner: $49 5716 E 2nd St Long Beach, CA 90803 562.434.2333 O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar Photographed By: Lesley Balla Chef and Owner, Georgi Yaneff has prepared a wonderful menu for dineL.A. Stop by for lunch or dinner at Santa Monica’s O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar. Cheese-filled fried olives make for a tasty starter for either meal. And while the pistachio pizza may seem unusual to your standard pepperoni slice, it’s a refreshing and welcomed change for a pizza pie. To top off dinner, try the chocolate panna cotta—because CHOCOLATE. Lunch: $20 Dinner: $39 1705 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 424.272.8700 North Italia North Italia in El Segundo at The Point has a variety of made-from-scratch Italian meals, including dishes with inventive twists on pasta, pizza, and vibrant flavors from garden, farm and sea. Choose from either lunch or dinner for your Italian meal. Start off your first course with the signature Arancini, a crispy mushroom risotto stuffed with scamorza cheese and served with red sauce. The Squid Ink Mafaldine or the Red Wine Glazed Short Rib are perfect choices for your second course options at dinner—And don’t forget dessert! The tiramisu is a delicious classic with a unique twist. Lunch: $25 Dinner: $39 The Point 840 South Sepulveda Ste110 El Segundo, CA 90245 310.469.7695 Pok Pok LA Take a trip to Chinatown to experience Pok Pok LA’s tasty Thai food. With a kick of curry, the Vegetarian Khao Soi (noodles) or Sai Ua Samun Phrai (grilled Chiang Mai sausage) are great lunch menu options. However, if you can’t handle the heat, opt for the Midnight Special: Kai Thawt Thian Kheun (marinated batter fried chicken), served with a boiled egg and pickled mustard greens. Lunch: $20 Dinner: $29 978 N Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012 213.613.1831 Cafe Birdie Opened in 2016, Cafe Birdie has caused quite the culinary hype in Highland Park. You can’t go wrong with any of the appetizers whether you choose the mushroom toast, fingerling potatoes, or the pickled beet salad. And while you’ll receive a complimentary glass of wine with your meal, the “80s Mercedes” cocktail the bar has crafted especially for dineL.A. It’s made with bourbon, Amaro Ciociaro, Dolin Blanc vermouth, verjus, lemon, blood orange, and cinnamon syrup. For the second course, the Black Pepper Tagliatelle, served with hazelnuts on top is an incredibly tasty choice. Dinner: $39 5631 N Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90042 323.739.6928 Bettolino Kitchen Indulge yourself with some delicious Italian food at Bettolino Kitchen in Redondo Beach. On the lunch menu, you can try the salmon filet that’s glazed with a citrus fruit sauce or stay traditional with spaghetti. The three-course dinner menu is available after 4pm each day and has entree options of Seared Mary’s duck breast with a glazed cocoa infusion or roasted Mediterranean sea bass with an orange and citrus fruit sauce. Lunch: $20 Dinner: $39 211 Palos Verdes Blvd Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.375.0500 RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen If you’re craving some Southeast Asian cuisine, RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen is a delectable option Chef Mohan Ismail has prepared his signature Malaysian salmon as one of the main course dinner options as well as the Princess Chicken, Singapore Hainan Pork, and more! Lunch: $15 Dinner: $29 10250 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90067 310.552.9988 7 Mouthwatering Restaurants We Can’t Wait to Experience at dineL.A.