Dine LA Recommendations — PHOTOS

Over the course of the five years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, I’ve come to love and appreciate Dine LA restaurant week. It’s a grand opportunity every January and July to try some of the city’s most yummy restaurant without breaking the bank. Sure, most of the menus are prix fixe, but most places will feature their signature dishes and specialties on their Dine LA menus — so you can get a oh-so-delicious meal without pouring out your wallet at the end.

The Summer 2015 edition of Dine LA runs from July 13-27 and they’ve released a list of all the great participating restaurants! Woohoo. I’m already trying to decide which places I’ll try this time around. Leave your recommendations in the comments!

After the jump, check out the places I’ve indulged at during past Dine LA weeks. NOTE: Sadly, some of these places aren’t participating in Dine LA in July.

The Church Key

I had always heard amazing things about The Church Key, but oh my, it was even better than expected during my Dine LA visit. The gorgeous place serves dishes, as well as has Dim Sim-like carts rolling around with all kinds of delicious dishes to try. I love that concept! I had the chicken liver parfait with toast, which is incredible (even for someone who is not into chicken liver), Tapioca Crusted Tai Snapper (so much flavor), and our server insisted we have the Brioche donuts with brown butter glaze for dessert — and those are absolutely heavenly. I need to make another trip here soon!

Night + Market

If you like spice, then let this Sunset Strip haunt spice up your dinner! I love spicy food so much, but Night + Market truly tested my palate with its delicious Northern Thai street food menu. The Nom Kao Tod is so tasty, but defeated my mouth within a few bites. Pro-tip: Their marvelous Thai Iced Tea, though, will put out the spice-fire and help you continue indulging.

Lukshon

Lukshon has been the talk of Culver City for awhile and totally holds its own as it neighbors the legendary burger at  Father’s Office in the Helms Bakery complex. The flavors are rich and delightful and the Hawaiian Butterfish totally lives up to its hype. The best surprise was the Beef and Broccoli dish, which I paid a little bit more for and wound up devouring —  one of the best versions of that combo I’ve had in LA.

The Little Door

With a reputation of being one of the most romantic and best French restaurants in LA, The Little Door does not disappoint. I went to the OG location on West 3rd Street and it was just phenomenal. I had the Wild Arugula, Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Fennel And Gorgonzola Picante, and I must admit it was my first time having Heirloom tomatoes — but definitely not the last, thanks to The Little Door!

 

 

Cafe Gratitude

I’ve actually been to Cafe Gratitude’s Venice location even before Dine LA, but I wanted to try their event menu, too. I really love this place, their food, and their vibe — even though I’m not a vegan. But hey, just because I’m an omnivore doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate damn delicious vegan cuisine and Cafe Gratitude is so good, it often makes me completely forget there’s no meat in any of their dishes.

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Mallory is the founder and foodie-in-chief of Couch Potato Cook. She is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles by day, and a foodie in her spare time.

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