|Sotto's summer happy hour starts this week|
Sometimes it's just easier to leave it to the professionals. In addition to all the salads, sandwiches and baked goods you can pick up for Fourth of July parties, Tavern has barbecue-ready burgers on the menu. The beef, pork, or organic turkey burgers come uncooked with a house-baked bun, and you can add toppings like bacon, various cheeses, and lettuce, tomato and avocado. The burgers are $7 a piece, and toppings are $1.50; or you can get a six-burger platter for $59. Order by Monday to pick up on Wednesday (11648 W. San Vicente Blvd.; 310-806-6464).
Tuesdays are the new pasta night at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Every week, get a trio ($18) of special pastas, like salt cod ravioli with clams, gnocchi with tomato sauce, and orecchiette with sausage and broccolini. Flavors change at the whim of chef Andrea Cavaliere (8764 Melrose Ave.; 310-432-2000).
Happy Fourth of July! If eating and drinking makes you feel like a true American, here are a slew of patriotic specials. If you're feeling more Canadian, then head to P'tit Soleil for poutine and more. It opens in Westwood today (1386 Westwood Blvd.).
If there is one thing that screams summer, it's food on a stick. For the entire month of July, West Hollywood's Burger Lounge has grass-fed beef corndogs on special. Each comes with organic ketchup and mustard for dipping, or get a side of panko-crusted onion rings and "Maine Root Agave Pink Drink" for a combo meal (8539 W. Sunset Blvd.; 310-289-9250).
Hit Sotto's new summer happy hour (Monday through Friday, 5:30-7:30 PM). Specials include the restaurant's signature Neapolitan pizzas paired with an Amaro cocktail for $19. Guanciale, ricotta and scallions with an amaro daquiri sounds about right. The deal is good at the bar only (9575 Wl Pico Blvd.; 310-277-0210).
The Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey turned the overwrought Vu restaurant into Beachside, a welcome change. Now with chef Allyson Thurber (Water Grill, The Lobster) at the helm, you can get classic eggs Benedict, omelets and bottomless mimosas at weekend brunch. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and the bar is open for happy hour - there's a great waterside patio for summer sipping (14160 Palawan Way; 310-439-3033).
Food Network personality Adam Gertler and his chef brother Keith Gertler bring a one-night-only pop up to the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. The duo will showcase a deli and barbecue-inspired menu - salmon rillettes, chopped liver with poached quail eggs, house-made pastrami sausage, grilled calamari salad, smoked lamb shoulder with flatbread, and heirloom white beans with feta - all served family-style. Beer pairings are courtesy El Segundo and Strand Brewing Company. Cost is $50 per person (1221 N. Valley Dr.; 310-469-3466).
Photo by Ryan Tanaka