Gloriously Stupendous DineLA Deal

We usually skip DineLA.

Yes, some of the deals are great, but we just aren’t the type of girls that typically order three-courses for dinner.

Usually just one course. Maybe the occasional addition of a shared appetizer. Or if its a date, we might do a full two courses to stretch it out a bit (and justify the 2, or 3, glasses of wine we’ve ordered.) But when you don’t typically order three courses, the DineLA still is more expensive than what we’d normally spend on dinner… And it doesn’t even include the cost of booze.

 

But this DineLA deal? We’re definitely on board for this one.

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That’s just how we roll…

The man and I finally made our way to The Foundry this weekend. Being the last day of DineLA we figured we should get there before we can no longer afford it (will someone please start paying me to eat and write about it?!) Long story short: my tummy couldn’t fit all the food on the DineLA menu so I just ordered from the regular menu. It was a helluva lot more reasonably priced than I expected and the food was really tastey.  The man on the other hand decided to be manly and order the big ‘ol four course special. Here’s the lowdown on our menu options:
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MY MENU CHOICES:
Chopped Salad (hazelnuts, currants, mixed veggies), $9
Decent, but too many beets in this salad for me…
Grilled Cheese Sandwich (with Short Rib), $12
Delicious Delicious Delicious Delicious Delicious. And a great deal!! No wonder this guy is opening a restaurant solely dedicated to the oozey goodness of grill cheese – this was amazing. The bread was super buttery and there was an overdose of cheese (that’s a good thing). If only I could pretend there are no calories in butter and cheese…
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THE MAN’S CHOICES (DineLA, $44):
Romaine & Clementine Salad
Good, but I think I liked it better than he did (he likes his salad with meats and cheese and heavy things – not healthy veggies and fruit)
Duck Confit & Squash Risotto
My FAVORITE thing we ate that night. Rich and delicious – the arugula and blue cheese were the perfect compliment to the rich flavors of the risotto.
Beef Tenderloin
Perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. Though, the man complained that the menu said it came with olives and there was only one on the plate. I’m not sure why he cared….
Blood Orange Bar
The man was pretty sure that the blood orange bar was going to be some dessert that only girls would like – for him ‘dessert’ does not involve anything healthy (like fruit). But we both loved it. A pastry like bar (like a lemon bar) topped with blood oranges, goat cheese ice cream, and balsamic vinegar (my favorite condiment of all time) – the combination of all ingredients was heavenly. Really delicious.
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Best part of the night:
As we were about to leave Eric Greenspan (the head chef) came up and asked us how our meal was (and as I’m a nerd I got excited talking to this ‘celebrity’). I told him the grilled cheese was ‘to die for’ (I hate when people say that – it sounds so pretentious, why did I say that?!!). His response: That’s just how we roll.
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Oh Eric Greenspan I love you and your deliciously unhealthy food.
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The Foundy on Melrose
7465 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046-7525
(323) 651-0915

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Deals Found at the Foundry!

I’ll admit – we’ve never been to the Foundry. We’ve heard great things about the food there but its always been slightly out of our budgets.  However, after a quick look at their website today I believe we will be making our first visit there this Sunday.

What: Suds and Song Sundays @ The Foundry on Melrose
When: Sundays, 8:30pm – 11pm (in the Lounge)
The Low Down: $2 Featured Beers + Live Music

BUT WAIT FOLKS! THAT’S NOT ALL!

The Foundry also has a few other great deals early in the week (And an extra special DineLA menu):

Mondays: Lunes Latinos
Latin inspired cocktails, Greenspan’s Gorditas (3 kinds / $3 each), and Latin Jazz
8:30pm – 11:30pm every Monday (in the Lounge)

Tuesdays: Bluesy Tuesdays
Listen to the Blues while eating up Chef Greenspan’s take on Southern food – fried chicken (priced by the piece) and waffles ($4), sides of creamed corn, grits, and greens($5), Green Tomatoes ($5), Corn bread pudding ($7).
8:00pm -10:00pm every Tuesday (in the Lounge)

DineLA
While other restaurants are offering three courses for a set price for DineLA Week, The Foundry is upping the ante to offer four (4!!) courses for the same $44/per person price. The menu includes items like White Gazpacho, Beef Tenderloin, Duck Breast, and a Blood Orange Bar for Dessert (I want I want I want!)

As you know from our detailed love for the Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons – we love any place with live classy music*. A place with live swanky music and drink specials = True Love.

*Note: a DJ is not ‘live music’ by any stretch of the imagination… and though we really love 80’s cover bands (one of us has even dreamed of having Fast Times play at our wedding…) these just don’t fit in this classy equation for love.

Hope to see you at the Foundry this Sunday!!

Prix Fix Heaven

DineLA Restaurant Week is just around the corner, it is one of my favorite foodie activities in LA. I can try all the restaurants I have wanted to go to without breaking the bank or whoring myself out to some sugar daddy.

Most all of the hot restaurants in LA participate in restaurant week (which is actually 2 weeks long), and offer prix fix meals for lunch and dinner. There are 3 tiers of dining that all the restaurants are divided into, with lunch menus ranging from $16 to $28 and dinner menus from $26-$44.

For the prix fixe price you can enjoy a 3-4 course meal at any of the participating restaurants. The only downside is booze is not included 😦

Dates are Jan 24-29 and Jan 31-Feb 5. More info on www.dinela.com/restaurantweek