5/24/2013 01:00:00 PM

14 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Around LA

Patio grillin' at Ford's
Staying in town for the unofficial start to summer means no traffic (except at the beach), more parking and lots of food and drink specials around town. Here's what's going down:

Susan Feniger's STREET
On Sunday, May 26, the Hollywood restaurant is throwing a Korean BBQ on the patio with sake and a pop-up shop from Giant Robot, Never Press and Space Camp. 12-9 PM (shop from 12-3 PM). $45 per person and includes three drink tickets; buy in advance and tickets are $35 per person with four drink tickets.

Ford's Filling Station
Big Daddy's BBQ summer series is back, starting Monday, May 27. Ben Ford is rolling out the giant grill for brisket, whole roasted pig, sausage, grilled pork ribs and more. Choice of two meats and two sides (Southern-style greens, marinated tomatoes, mac 'n' cheese, potato salad, baked beans) is $28 per person and beers are only $3. The party starts at 1 PM and runs until the food runs out.

Angel City Brewery
Check out the Arts District brewery all day on Monday for activities like ladder toss, corn hole, board games and music. Taqueria El Severo will be in the parking lot serving free sliders and hot dogs from 1-3 PM (or until he runs out). More than a dozen beers, of course, are flowing inside.

Plan Check
Check out the Sawtelle gastropub on Monday for an all-day happy hour, including specials like Maui Brewing Co.'s Lemongrass Saison for only $6.

Brandon Boudet is having another crawfish boil on Saturday, May 25, from 1-4 PM. He'll have more than 300 pounds of mudbugs ready with other Big Easy eats like roast beef po' boys and boiled artichokes with Creole remoulade.

The Santa Monica Place restaurant has a new outdoor lounge with more sofa seating and a communal bar, the perfect spot for a long lingering brunch of unlimited small plates and bottomless mimosas for $35 per person.

Pono Burger
The new Hawaiian import has a deal for Memorial Day: Two seasonal burgers, two fries and a pitcher of beer for two for $40. Choose from the Posh Burger (Mycella blue cheese, truffle aioli, sauteed mushrooms), the Sweet Mona Burger (strawberry-balsamic compote) or the Spicy Whine Burger (wasabi mayo, ginger, Okinawan sweet potato chips, pea shoots, sesame ponzo dressing).

Chez Soi
This weekend would be the time to check out Mark Gold's new Manhattan Beach spot because of specials like all-you-can-eat mussels with duck-fat fries for $25 per person (Saturday through Monday), brunch with unlimited mimosas (Saturday and Sunday) and happy hour from 4-7 PM all three days.

The Sunset Strip restaurant kicks off its annual Red Sun BBQ on Sunday, May 26, which features DJs, small bites like kurobuta ribs with soy-garlic sauce, Hokkaido scallop crudo and braised pork tacos, plus drink specials. Try the Ichiban Shibori Frozen Nama, a cold Kirin draft topped with a frozen beer head that will keep the brew cold longer. The BBQ happens every Sunday through Labor Day.

Fig & Olive
On Monday, the swank spot will have a three-course jazz brunch for $28 per person. Dishes include truffle mushroom croquettes, zucchini carpaccio, lobster bisque and crab cake eggs Benedict. Or you can check out the new summer dinner menu at night.

Tortilla Republic
Monday brunch should always be a thing. From 1-3 PM, check out the special Memorial Day brunch menu plus bottomless mimosas and drinks like the Tomato Fresca, made with blanco tequila, muddled grape tomatoes and fresh lemon juice.

Terrace at the Langham
Dine poolside at the tony Pasadena hotel and get a special BBQ menu this weekend. Dishes include slow-smoked brisket, grilled chicken, pork ribs, pulled mushroom sandwich and grilled fish tacos, plus sides like chilled watermelon, coleslaw and roasted baby sweet potatoes. The kids will appreciate desserts like housemade ice pops (ok, there are spiked versions for adults too) and assorted ice creams. The menu is available from 6-9 PM Thursday through Saturday and 11 AM-3 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Check out the scene in Santa Monica on Memorial Day: Tony DiSalvo's BBQ menu will be available from noon-5 PM, featuring burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, brisket, grilled shrimp or halibut, mac 'n' cheese, greens, coleslaw and more (all a la carte); DJs spin until 6 PM; and there are now frozen Greyhounds, mojitos and "Skinny Girl" Pina Coladas on a stick.

Larder at Tavern
You can always pick up the Memorial Day fest for home. The Brentwood Larder has a full package that feeds eight, including crudites, cheese platters, ready-to-grill burgers with all the fixings and all sorts of side dishes.


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