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ISO Expensive restaurant DEALS (lunch specials, special nights, tasting menus, etc)

Looking to experience AMAZING food on a budget. Does Spago or the like have relatively cheap options/opportunities? I know Echigo (far from the best but just an example) has $20 lunch special. I hear Kiriko has a cheap lunch special as well. Not just looking for sushi, but for anything delish.

How can I experience or sample THE BEST PLACES without breaking the bank?

Thanks in advance for any ideas. I live on the Westside, so recs around here are preferred.

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  1. I just posted a great experience I had tonite at Opus next to the Wiltern. They have a new chef and new menu. A lot of people were ordering the spontaneous menu. I think the 3 course is $30.00, which includes a muse. Very eclectic cuisine. I was truly impressed.

    1. Jiraffe's Monday Night Bistro Menu. 3 courses for $33. Very delightful!

      http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/news...

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        1. If I recall, Joe's in Venice has a 3 course prix-fixe menu for under 20 bucks.

          1. Josie's has their Wednesday Prix Fixe for $32 - 3 courses while they last; so go there on the early side.

            The local Economy is still good so the best places don't feel the need to attract customers that way. Back after the local Real Estate market went south about 1990, soon thereafter L'Orangerie and Michael's, for i.e., came out with attractive prix fixe offerings, but No longer.