There are a lot of choices available in the food court at Fig and 7th in Downtown L.A., but only two stands offers a myriad of excellent Mexico City fare. Jimmy Shaw’s fifth installation of Loteria! Grill stands next to the very first Torta Company, a collaboration with his brother Andy that has finally come to fruition after many years of recipe-testing and planning. And while many don’t know it, we Angelenos are so very lucky to have access to such a fine product as Jimmy and Andy’s tortas.
This summer’s dineLA Restaurant Week commences today and lasts 10 days – over two weekday stretches and one weekend. And since we’ve had a few of these by now, it’s probably time we got smart on maneuvering through the multitude of menus. The trick with dineLA prix fixe is that it may get people through the door, but it may or may not be quite the deal you had in mind. The danger is that you might just be stuck with fewer, albeit recommended, choices for about the same price you’d normally pay.
May I propose lunch? They tend to be better deals than dinner – often true between both offerings of the same restaurant – because there’s more incentive to increase lunch traffic with dinner reservations filling up more readily. So whether you’ve got a 9-5 in the area or are in a certain neighborhood for an audition or client appointment, there’s probably a great dineLA power lunch strategy wherever you end up.
It’s another culinary bazaar (we here in Los Angeles know how often these come around) but this time, it’s our city-wide flagship publication pulling out all the stops. It looks like the L.A. Times will live up to their name, too, because there are names to be had at this event held at on New York Street (yeah, pretty funny) in the backlot of Paramount Pictures.
Demonstrations will be taking place for your pleasure and education, as will panels by the following:
- Michael Voltaggio â€“ Winner, Top Chef Season 6
- Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo – Animal Restaurant
- Mark Peel –Campanile, The Tar Pit, Top Chef Masters Seasons 1 & 2
- Suzanne Goin –AOC, Lucques, Tavern and The Hungry Cat
- Jimmy Shaw -Loteria Grill
- Ludo Lefebvre â€“ LudoBites
- Betty Fraser â€“ Grub, Top Chef Season 2
- Chris â€œC.J.â€ JacobsenÂ – The Yard, Top Chef Season 3
- Alex Reznik â€“ Ivan Kaneâ€™s Cafe Was, Top Chef Season 7
- John Sedlar â€“ Rivera
- Barrie Lynn â€“ The Cheese Impresario
- Ricardo Zarate â€“ Mo-chica
- Russ Parsons â€“ Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
- Noelle Carter â€“ Manager, Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen
- Rene Lynch â€“ Assistant Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
- Jessica Gelt â€“ Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
- Betty Hallock â€“ Deputy Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
- Krista Simmons â€“ Associate Editor, Brand X
And of course, high brow or not, it wouldn’t truly be a Los Angeles food event without food trucks present. Don Chow Tacos, Wahooâ€™s, The Sweets Truck, The Buttermilk Truck, DosaTruck, Coolhaus will all be there if you so prefer your food off a 4-wheeler.
Wine, sake and spirits from various vendors will help you wash down your bites. Blackheart Spiced Rum, Broc Cellars / Broadside Wines, Conway Family Wines, Dutcher Crossing Winery, Evan Williams Hong Reserve Bourbon, Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Gekkeikan Sake, Hook & Ladder Winery, Lunazul 100% Agave Tequila, Kook Soon Dang Beer, Michael David Winery, Rideau Vineyard, Sinatra Family Estates, and Venteux Vineyards will all be present during the event.
If you buy in advance, you’ll save $10. The best part is that general admission attendees also get to enjoy a good number of pours (8 to be exact) with their food. But if VIP is more your speed, you’ll get unlimited pours and in addition, you’ll get to taste bites from these participants. Benefiting from ticket sales are Share Our Strength and the Los Angeles Times Family Fund, so you can feel good that you’ve spent your day also supporting worthy causes.
Seems like a it’ll be a great debut. I’ll see you there.