|Hungry Cat's Crabfest this weekend|
Summer means longer days, which means longer hours at Farmshop at the Brentwood Country Mart and more time for fried chicken. Starting today, the restaurant and marketplace extends its hours - open later during the week, and earlier on Sunday for the fried chicken dinner. And even better news: Sweet Rose Creamery next door stays open until 11pm daily, so an ice cream nightcap might be in order.
Check out Petrossian's new casual small plates menu, created especially for the boutique's patio. You'll find nibbles like a farm egg with morels, fava beans and peas, fig and brie on walnut bread, or flat-iron crostinis with watercress and caramelized onions. Now available daily from 5 to 11 PM (321 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-271-0576).
The first LA-area Smashburger opens today in Thousand Oaks. The fast food chain is known for its "smashed" Angus Beef burgers cooked on a flat-top grill and topped with a ton of ingredients. LA's signature burger comes topped with a mess of crispy wontons, a fried egg, cilantro, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and Japanese steakhouse ginger dressing on a sesame seed bun (650 N. Moorpark Rd.).
The Downtown French bistro Church & State adds an extra oyster night: The Oyster Gourmet, Christophe Happillon, now brings his bivalves on Thursday nights in addition to Tuesdays. The chef and shucker features two or three varieties and serves them in the dining room from his mobile raw bar. Catch Happillon from 6 to 10 PM (1850 Industrial St.; 213-405-1434).
It's National French Fry Day! Get a free small order of fries at Go Burger in Hollywood. Go to Facebook to download the offer (6290 Sunset Blvd.; 323-327-9355).
Starting this weekend, get an all-you-can-eat fried chicken picnic at A-Frame on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 PM. In addition to the regular menu, this deal includes buttermilk fried chicken, Roy Choi style (sous vide in herbs and spices, dredged in rice flour), plus sweet potato salad, and zucchini and cabbage coleslaw. $18 per person; add "endless" Hite lager for $10 more (12565 W. Washington Blvd.; 310-398-7700).
The Hungry Cat's annual Crabfest is back today from noon to 8 PM. It's a pre-sale ($75) event only, so if you make reservations you're obligated to eat massive amounts of Old Bay-caked blue crabs, po' boys, crab soup, summery tomato salad and drink ice cold Natty Boh (1535 Vine St.; 323-462-2155).