Gourmet Holiday

The summertime installment of dineL.A. presents more than 350 restaurants offering multi-course deals

Written by Wendy Bowman

Prepare to venture out on a “Summer Roadtrip” of the city’s diverse neighborhoods and eclectic cuisines July 14-28 via Summer dineL.A., complete with an official Roadtrip Guide designed by Emmy awardwinning artist Gary Baseman that highlights iconic L.A. landmarks and restaurants, as well as a partnership with the California Avocado Commission that showcases the fruit in creative dishes prepared by seven chef ambassadors, from Neal Fraser (Redbird) to Nick Erven (Erven).

“We have more than 350 restaurants participating this summer,” says Stella Yeo, assistant manager for Discover Los Angeles, producers of the bi-annual food event. “With so many restaurant options, diners can feast on the city’s wide range of cuisines, price points and diverse options. For example, a diner can enjoy an ethnic fusion of Indian meets gastropub at Badmaash for lunch and then opt for a fine-dining tasting menu at Providence for dinner.”

This summer, several newcomers such as Barrel & Ashes, miro, Westbound, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Odys + Penelope, Officine BRERA and Wolf will participate alongside fan favorites such as Lucques, Church & State, Connie and Ted’s, E.P. & L.P., and Gracias Madre. The event also features several newly opened restaurants—such as Rossoblu, Sweet Chick, Gratitude Beverly Hills and The Ponte Ristorante—offering diners the chance to savor these concepts for the first time.

“The best thing about the dineL.A. program is that diners can enjoy their favorite restaurants with menus at approachable price points,” says Yeo. Restaurants will offer specially priced menus for lunch (starting at $15) and dinner (starting at $29). Diners also can enjoy more savings through dineL.A. sponsor American Express just by signing up and using the card at all participating establishments to receive $5 off the final bill of $25 or more. In addition, the Exclusive Series presented by American Express gives diners an opportunity to enjoy 18 of L.A.’s most high-end restaurants (Providence, Melissé, Spago, The Arthur J, Otium, and Baltaire) at a reasonably priced $95-plus for dinner. Eat hearty!



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