|Magnolia Bakery's sweet ode to the Red, White and Blue|
Cafe del Rey
Now that the fireworks are back in Marina del Rey, you can watch them from the windows of this waterside stalwart. A special Americana-themed restaurant will be available - choose from dishes like watermelon gazpacho, bbq chicken, tri-tip, and sorbet floats. Cost is $39 for three courses. Make a reservation for a good table (4451 Admiralty Way; 310-823-6395).
J. Nichols Kitchen
Grab a bite at the family-run diner and then walk over to Fiserhman's Village for the fireworks. Along with the regular menu, get a three-course dinner plus a draft beer for $20. Some choices include pulled pork or chicken sausage sandwiches; a classic burger; Texas-style chili; and blueberry pie (4375 Glencoe Ave.; 310-823-2283).
Beginning Monday, July 2, the late-night happy hour will be available all week - cocktails are $9 after 10 PM. And on July 4, get the cheddar-bacon pretzel and a growler filled with your beer of choice for $15 (9739 Culver Blvd.; 310-838-9739).
Nothing more American than a hot dog. Wear something red, white and blue to the Hollywood stand and get four classic franks for $4, all day long (1645 Wilcox Ave.; 323-871-8799).
Pub at Golden Road
The track-side pub will have vegan and non-vegan Fourth of July specials: Half a rack of pork ribs with bacon baked beans ($18), or veggie skewers with vegan baked beans ($11). Both come with cornbread. Watching trains go by while sipping a few craft beers is obligatory (5410 W. San Fernando Rd.; 213-373-4677).
Tony's Darts Away
Get Louisiana-style hot links or spicy vegan sausage sandwiches and a beer for $10. There will be other bbq-like specials (pulled pork, watermelon lemonade, strawberry shortcake) all day long (1710 W. Magnolia Blvd.; 818-253-1710).
La Grande Orange and the Luggage Room
Pasadena's cafe and pizzeria will both have 4-cent white sangria all day on the Fourth (must order an entree). It's perfect with the fried chicken and/or wood-fired pizzas (260 S. Raymond Ave.; 626-356-4444).
Need patriotic sweets? The bakery had 4th of July cupcakes, and blueberry pie and jamboree for the holiday. Pre-order or pick up that day (8389 W. 3rd St.; 323-951-0636).
Red White & Brew Bar Crawl
The bars on Main Street will have drinks specials ($3 beers, 2-for-1 cocktails, $5 shots), food, DJs and more from 3-10PM on Wednesday. A percentage of the proceeds will go to The Surfrider Foundation (Santa Monica).
Pink Taco Both locations - Century City and the new West Hollywood spot - has 2-for-1 pitchers of margaritas from 3-7PM and again from 10-11PM. Pink, white and booze, indeed (10250 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-789-1000; 8225 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-380-7474).