|Get your lederhosen for Lucques|
Jet Tila's going back to his Pan-Asian roots tonight at The Charleston, where you can get a prix-fixe menu of panang chicken, five-spice pork belly buns, drunken noodles and Thai papaya salad paired with the restaurant's new cocktails. The dinner starts at 7 PM and costs $70 per person. Reservations are required (2460 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-828-2115).
West Hollywood's Tortilla Republic is jumping on the Taco Tuesday bandwagon. Get two tacos for $6 ever week, choosing from fillings like chicken tinga, hangar steak, and sweet potato-hibiscus. Margaritas are also $6 or $30 for a pitcher. Since you'll have tacos on the brain, you can also check out history scholar Jeffrey Pilcher's talk on his new book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food at the USC Doheny Memorial Library (3 PM). Admission is free, including the Chichen Itza taco reception that follows.
It's National Cake Decorating Day, which means one thing: Get thee to Cakemix. If you haven't checked out Duff Goldman's DIY cake decorating shop, this is the perfect day to take a turn at using fondant, icing and lots of creativity. And hey, the cake's aren't just pretty, their pretty tasty, too (8302 Melrose Ave.; 323-650-5555).
Santa Monica's beachside SHOREbar now offers some nifty happy hour prices during primetime hours every Thursday through Saturday. That means you can get $7 specialty cocktails like a Dark 'n Stormy, $5 well drinks, $3 beers (PBR, Red Stripe, Amstel Light) and half-off wines by the glass and bottle tonight. Deals are good from 7-10 PM (112 W. Channel Rd.; 310-429-1851).
Speaking of happy hour, why not sip for a good cause. To help raise awareness and money for breast cancer research, various spots around town have created think-pink specialty cocktails for October. At WP24, proceeds from the Pink Pomini (prosecco, pink grapefruit, pomegranate) goes to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Lexington Social House will donate to the American Cancer Society for every Sweet Lips (watermelon, St. Germain, Champagne) sold. And while you enjoy The Soft Spot (vodka, raspberries, mint) at Public Kitchen & Bar, know it's for good not evil.
This is a good weekend to try out the new fall menu at the Hudson House in Redondo Beach, just a few weeks away from chef and owner Brooke Williamson's debut on Top Chef Seattle. Look for new dishes like spicy red curry chicken drumettes, black-vinegar shrimp with plantains, and a bacon waffle cookie and coconut-avocado ice cream sandwich. Wonder if any of these make it on the show? (514 North Pacific Coast Highway; 310-798-9183)
More Oktoberfest? At Lucques tonight, get Suzanne Goin's German-inspired menu filled with dishes like warm potato salad, house-made sausages with apple and sauerkraut, smoked ham hocks braised in beer, herbed spaetzle, winter squash with Bavarian cheese and dark rye pretzels. Caroline Styne has a superb list of beers selected to pair with the menu. $55 per person for the set menu; drinks are extra (8474 Melrose Ave.; 323-655-6277).