|Dinner with a view at The Strand House|
Michael Cimarusti (Providence) pairs up with Neal Fraser for a special five-course menu tonight at The Strand House in Manhattan Beach. The menu includes wild Menemsha fluke wit oro blanco, cucumber and soy salt; Hokkaido scallop with chanterelles, brown butter and hazelnuts; cold-smoked wild king salmon with crispy potato and fine herbs; pork tasting with braised cheek, grilled loin and crispy leg with spaetzle; and dessert. $100 for dinner; $50 more with wine pairings. Starts at 7 PM (117 Manhattan Beach Blvd.; 310-545-7470).
For those in a hurry at lunchtime, Loteria Grill launched La Comida Corrida at all locations (except the Farmers Market) Monday through Friday. The three-course menu changes daily but always costs $13, with the promise that you'll get in and out in 30 minutes or less. Valet is free at Hollywood for those who carpool. Tuesday's menu is a garden salad, chile relleno with white rice and black beans, and dessert. Available from 11:30 AM to 2 PM, or until the goods run out.
We still have perfect nights for rooftop dining, and the Roof Garden at the Peninsula Beverly Hills is a lovely setting for tonight's Patron tequila dinner. The menu includes hors d'oervres like mole-rubbed hamachi, mini sopes, and quail guizo, plus honeydew agua fresca shooters, black bass with citrus kale, braised short rib tacos with morita sauce, and panna cotta for dessert. The five-course menu includes tequila cocktail pairings. Starts at 6:30 PM. $85 per person (9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-975-2855).
After being closed for a nice long holiday, BierBeisl reopens tonight with a new fall menu. And plan ahead for next week's Sing-a-Long Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl: Order chef Bernhard Mairinger's "Favorite Things" picnic basket, which includes Austrian charcuterie, schnitzel with potato salad, pastries, two beers or one bottle of wine. The basket ($70) serves two. Orders must be in by Sept. 20 (9669 S. Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-271-7274).
Celebrate happy hour with The Churchill's new cocktail menu. The Bulldog (blanco tequila, passionfruit, pinepple, lime and jalapeno), the Amelia (vodka, St. Germaine, violet and blackberries), or The Statesman (Famous Grouse, apricot, baked-apple bitters and sparkling wine) go down a little too easy. Hello, weekend (8384 W. Third St.; 323-655-8384).
One of the best beer-only shops - and a cool bar to boot - is having a ho-down for its first anniversary today. Sunset Beer Company will have food trucks, beer specials and limited release beers. All. Day. Plus DJs at night. 1 PM to midnight (1498 W. Sunset Blvd.; 213-481-2337).
In honor of Rosh Hashanah, which starts today at sundown, Bouchon has fresh-baked challah available at the bakery through Sept. 18. The bistro has matzo ball soup, braised brisket and a Fuji apple tart for dessert, and all but the brisket are available to go, too. Susan Feniger throws her annual pre-service Rosh Hashanah dinner at STREET - roasted fig flatbread, squash soup, crispy chicken livers with Moroccan spices, striped bass, brisket skewers and dessert. The bar opens for cocktails at 4:30 PM, dinner begins at 5 PM. Or pick up dessert at Magnolia Bakery: the kosher honey cake is available through Sept. 18. Order ahead for easy to-go.