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It's Time For Summer DineLA

wienermobile Jul 5, 2013 01:07 PM

Summer time DineLA's Restaurant Week is coming Monday July 15-Friday July 26th 2013. Complete Dinners $25-$45 and Lunches $15-$25 & the list is now up...

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  1. wienermobile RE: wienermobile Jul 5, 2013 04:36 PM

    I just made my reservations for Craft.

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      Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Jul 5, 2013 05:00 PM

      Too bad we'll be out of town......

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        nosh RE: wienermobile Jul 5, 2013 06:03 PM

        I hit up Fogo de Chao in BH for lunch a DineLA or two back and it was great, a real bargain. Did not skimp at all.

        Also will try to get back to Chinois for lunch. They also did not appear to reduce their portions at all.

        I'm only down to the "E"s so far...

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          romayo RE: wienermobile Jul 5, 2013 06:19 PM

          does anyone know if every person at the table has to do DineLA? or can some of the table do the regular menu or share items?

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            nosh RE: romayo Jul 5, 2013 06:25 PM

            I have been to a lot of DineLAs, mostly lunches. I cannot remember even one instance where the regular menu was not offered. I'm sure you and your guests can pick and choose.

            Actually, sometimes (not often) the problem was reverse: the restaurant proffered their usual menu and I needed to ask for the DineLA.

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              PeterCC RE: nosh Jul 5, 2013 10:43 PM

              I've heard many stories of people being told the dineLA menu wouldn't be available when they're supposed to be that if you're not just casually dropping in a place for a meal but actually have your heart set on the dineLA menu/deal, please call ahead to confirm it will be offered when you're going in.

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              wienermobile RE: romayo Jul 5, 2013 06:26 PM

              I've found at most restaurants they will give you both their DineLA menu and their regular menu.

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              prawn RE: wienermobile Jul 6, 2013 12:35 AM

              We're looking at Cafe Bizou, Chablis, Lazy Ox, Kiriko, Paiche, and Sotto. We're definitely shooting for earlier seatings for lunch and dinner. Anything to avoid the main crowd of DineLA guests.

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                nosh RE: prawn Jul 6, 2013 03:32 PM

                Be sure to price the DineLA offerings against the regular online menus. A couple years ago, virtually all of the DineLA menus were three courses, even at lunch. Now more and more are two-course lunches, dessert (if available) offered for a supplement.

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                  manku RE: nosh Jul 7, 2013 01:32 PM

                  DIneLA has been getting progressively worse over the years...in the past, it seemed to used a promotional vehicle...now it seems like a profit center, with substandard dishes and cheaper ingredients.

                  I'm sure there are still some gems out there...it's just not worth the effort to try anymore.

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                  carter RE: prawn Jul 7, 2013 09:07 AM

                  Would probably remove Cafe Bizou from your list if you only wanted to do 5 of these. Definitely not in the same category, and it is already affordable enough regardless of when you wanted to go there.

                3. Novelli RE: wienermobile Jul 6, 2013 11:21 AM

                  I'm definitely hitting up Scarpetta again. My last DineLA experience there was ridiculously good.

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