|Tuesday night bargain at Tom Bergin's|
Suzanne Tracht's Lobster Mondays continues with the special three-course menus for $55 at Jar. Tonight it's lobster salad, lobster hot pot and ice box cake. The special watermelon margarita will go nicely, too. Available at the bar and in the dining room (8255 Beverly Blvd.; 323-655-6566).
Much like the other Warner Ebbink/Brandon Boudet/Ann Kirk restaurants (Dominick's and Little Dom's), tonight the new Tom Bergin's kicks off a weekly menu that's only $15 per person. Usually comprised of a salad, soda bread, some sort of protein, a side and dessert, tonight it's a green salad, Guiness-BBQ chicken with green beans and mashed potatoes, and housemade buttermilk strawberry ice cream. There are also $4 pints of Harp and $5 for a glass of the house red or white wine (noon-midnight; 840 S. Fairfax Ave.; 323-936-7151).
Wood & Vine has an all-pasta menu tonight - there's even chocolate ravioli for dessert. Chef Gavin Mills also features bucatini with heirloom tomato sauce; corn agnolotti; asparagus canneloni; and potato gnocchi with pork belly (8 PM; $48 per person; 6280 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-334-3360).
Lou Amdur, formerly from Lou on Vine, holds court on the Sotto patio tonight. He's there to discuss his recent exploration of Sicily, Italy's "volcanic" wines and natural wines, and there will be five offerings to taste, plus bites from chefs Steve Samson and Zack Pollack (7 PM; $40 per person; 9575 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-277-0210; reservations are necessary).
Take advantage of the last night of DineLA's summer Restaurant Week - it ends tonight. DineLA will be back in the fall.
Head down to Chinatown Summer Nights, a full day of music (featuring KCRW DJs), amateur cooking competitions, demos by Chinatown chefs, a collection of food trucks, and a craft beer garden curated by Eagle Rock Brewery. Everything takes place at the Central and West plazas on Broadway. Added bonus: there are free shuttles every 10 minutes to and from the Gold Line stop.
The Olympics start this weekend, and the only way to celebrate here in LA isn't by doing your best Michael Phelps in the neighbor's kiddie pool. It's drinking a $24 cocktail at WP24. The "Go for the Gold" has Oxley gin, rosemary, lemon and 24k gold flakes. Proceeds from the sale of the cocktail go to the Special Olympics. It will be around through the end of August (900 W. Olympic Blvd.; 213-743-8824).