TV Makes Us Hungry

Planning on popping open a bottle of wine, floppin down on the couch, and watching Top Chef Master’s this Wednesday? If not, you should because it’s a great show!!… (though we aren’t quite as keen on host Kelly Choi… we still love Padma more.)

We’re really excited for this year’s season because it features quite a few LA chefs. So not only can we watch them make really cool creations in an amazingly short period of time, we can actually visit their restaurants and TRY their amazing food (which is crucial, since after watching this show you will find yourself STARVING at 11pm.)

Usually ‘Master’ Top Chefs run pretty pricey spots, but as luck would have it this year’s LA based contestants all offer special menus with great Happy Hours, special menus, and discounted drink prices. So head over and eat up! Then you can be all the more emotional when you watch your fav chef get kicked off/win because you’ve TRIED their food and know it’s way better than some jerk’s from NYC.

(Drinking wine always makes us more emotional when we watch TV…)

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Best Happy Hour for AFTER you watch Top Chef:

8oz Burger Bar– 7661 Melrose Ave CLOSED

Master Chef: Govind Armstrong

(Late Night HH: 10pm – Close, M-Th)

* $4 Select Wines, $4 Select Beers, $4 Select Apps

We think the $4 Hummus platter is the best bet on the HH food menu, but their regular burgers aren’t over priced either – we recommended the ‘Melrose’ Burger ($8) or the BLT ($7), …Happy Hour also served from 4-7pm Weekdays (M-F)

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Best Happy Hour all Around:

Street – 742 N. Highland

Master Chef: Susan Feniger

(HH: 4pm – 7pm, M-F)

* $5 Select Bites (DELICIOUS!), $5 Select Wines, $5 Select Cocktails

The HH menu changes but we LOVED the Kobe beef chili dogs and the small little decanters of $5 wine.

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Best Lunch Deal:

Cuidad – 445 S. Figueroa St. CLOSED – Now Border Grill, Revised HH menu..

Master Chef: Susan Feniger

(Lunch Deal: M-F, 11:30am – 3pm)

During the work week Ciudad offers a delish ‘Quick Lunch’ menu. For just $10 you get the day’s featured entree + beverage + a double chocolate scooter cookie – YUM! We are currently craving Monday’s ‘El Cubano Pressed Sandwich’.

Also Available: Happy Hour (M-F, 4-7pm), $3 Tacos, 1/2off mojitos, margs, & more!

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Best Wednesday Pre-Show Dinner Option

Campanile – 624 S. La Brea Ave

Master Chef: Mark Peel

‘Soup Kitchen Menu’, Available Every Wednesday for Dinner

We wrote about this deal a couple months back: $22 for a 3-Course dinner that includes the ‘soup of the day’, a main course (choice of steak, bass, or veggie trenne), and ice cream for dessert. There are also a few specially priced cocktails on the Soup Kitchen menu for just $7/ea.

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Best Spot for Wine + Late Night Bites

The Tar Pit– 609 N. La Brea Ave

Master Chef: Mark Peel

(Daily 5pm – 2am, Dinner menu served until midnight)

This relatively new rum-centric loungey spot on La Brea also features an AWESOME wine list where each bottle is only $38. Some of these bottles would cost as much, if not more, if you bought them at the market!  So this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some great wine, at a reasonable price, in a swank atmosphere. The menu also offers tasty bar bites and full entrees, all for under $20.

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Best Spot You Can’t Eat At Because Resy’s Are FULL

Ludo Bites 4.0 – 227 E. 9th Street

Master Chef: Ludo Lefebvre

Open: April 8th – May 28th, Tues – Sat: 6-9:30pm

Chef Ludo is opening up his pop-up restaurant yet again this month – this time Downtown at Gram & Papas. Unfortunately, reservations filled up within a few days, so you’ll have to wait until the next pop up (or for the next food truck fest) to try Lefebvre’s famous fried chicken.

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Hump Day Special!

UPDATE 7/28/10:

Although the below deal is no longer available – Campanile is now offering a Wednesday Market Menu for $25 featuring some of the freshest ingredients of the season. Each menu will be posted by Wednesday at noon – so make sure to check it out and call in for reservations!

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Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?…

Everything is fresh from the FararmeI know we are in the middle of the storm of the century (or so the news stations tell me, even though I only felt some drizzle this morning and it’s not raining now….but I’m sure I will eat my words later), but if you feel like leaving the house tonight, head to Campanile on La Brea for their Wednesday night prix fixe “Soup Kitchen” (hence the Oliver Twist subtitle) dinner menu.

You can get a 3 course meal for $22, with soup and entree and dessert! A pretty good deal since Campanile is usually on the pricier side.  They also have specialty cocktails with the menu for $7 each.

Also, Campanile is participating in DineLA week which starts next week! So make your reservations now!

Campanile. 624 S La Brea. (323) 938 1447. http://www.campanilerestaurant.com/

Happy Hour Alert

4 – 5 – 6 Happy Hour at Susan Feniger’s STREET

Here’s the deal: STREET’s entire menu is based on street food from around the world and normally its pretty pricey. However from 4-7pm, Monday – Saturday, you can try selected items from the main menu for just $5 per plate. Each plate is small but they are meant as tastings (i.e. three hors d’ oeuvres sized pepper poppers per plate…) A selected menu of drinks also comes at $5/glass.
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The offer is only valid at the bar though so make sure you can grab a stool.
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From our experience last night the place is pretty empty until around 7:30pm so grabbing three bar stools during Happy Hour was no problem. We shared all five of the menu items (Chile feta poppers – delicious, Kobe beef chili dogs – delicious, Shishito peppers – bland, Brazilian acaraje fritters – good, Burmese lettuce wraps – delicious) and we each had a few drinks. The drink options included a Gin Rickey, a ginger/lime/vodka drink, a rum based drink, and a red and white wine option (I had the red – it was great).
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We definitely recommend checking this place out for Happy Hour if you want to try STREET without spending next week’s pay check. However – avoid the valet, its $8+tip, which is the equivalent of two delicious chili dogs…
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Susan Feniger’s STREET
742 N. Highland (Just above Melrose)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-203-0500

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Happy Hour Alert

Just a quick note before you head out for the weekend,
8oz Burger Bar announced yesterday on Twitter they have a new 2010 Special: Happy Hour Every Day (10pm – Close). Tonight being Friday they should be open until around 2am.
Happy hour specials include discounted beer, wine, and cocktails as well as a limited happy hour food menu. Happy Hour is served only at the bar though so take time to practice your lurking skills so you can score a seat.
80z Burger Bar
7661 Melrose Avenue
323.852.0008