The Wednesday Special: Dante’s Fried Chicken at Short Order

Dante’s Fried Chicken Sandwich at Short Order

I don’t need much of a reason to drop in at Short Order at The Original Farmer’s Market. The cocktails are always tasty and boozy, Christian Page’s food is simply delicious whether you love burgers or not and Short Cake’s desserts and the Single Origin coffee are just icing on the cake. What’s more, the open air atmosphere is always a welcome vibe for a casual day or night out. The best part is that it doesn’t close between lunch and dinner, so if you’re game for a bite or drink during odd hours of the day, you can count on Short Order to be there.

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Desert Nights at The Cactus Lounge: The Standard, Hollywood

The Cactus Lounge at The Standard, Hollywood | Credit to simongoble on Flickr

This August, The Standard (West) Hollywood has taken a refreshing approach to the bustle and hubbub of Sunset Blvd. Since the month is half-over, I’m a little late but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy tonight and the remaining Wednesday in The Cactus Lounge, whereby local emerging artists are showcased live and unplugged, performing acoustic sets for all loungers to hear.

The great part is, you can order food from the adjacent diner so while you’re enjoying live music, you’ll be able to enjoy eats from their kitchen. Tonight, The Cactus Lounge will feature Kenneth Pattengale. Next Wednesday will feature the beautifully quaint-sounding Miranda Lee Richards (formerly Brian Jonestown Massacre).

August 18th: Robotanists, Aria Pullman, Kenneth Pattengale
August 25th: Miranda Lee Richards and TBD

So order a cocktail, some bites, sit back and enjoy local music. Not a bad night on The Sunset Strip.

Desert Nights
Wednesdays, August 18 & 25, 2010

7:30 – 10 PM

The Cactus Lounge at The Standard Hollywood
8300 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069


“Beats and Bites” – Wednesdays at The Viceroy

Poolside at Whist, The Viceroy

For the next eight Wednesdays, it will be hoppin’ poolside at The Viceroy. KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad has teamed up with the venue and Chef Tony DiSalvo (Whist) to showcase four international themes with the launch of “Beats and Bites.” Tomorrow, Garth himself will kick things off with reggae, whereby you’ll enjoy a customized, individual plate of Jamaican and Caribbean bites for $25 each. Plan your visit between 6 – 9 PM each Wednesday in August and September, and you’ll be swinging your hips as your tastebuds are tantalized.

Aug 4 & Sept 1: Reggae – Jamaican/Caribbean *Garth Trinidad will host to kick-off series*

black beans, rice and peas, shredded beef, fried plantains, jerk chicken, beef patties, pork curry with rice and beans

Aug 11 & Sept 8: Cajun/Creole – New Orleans

oysters on the half, crawfish etoufee, jambalaya, chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, beignets and iced chicory coffee

Aug 18 & Sept 15: Flamenco – Spanish

gazpacho, assorted chorizos, Spanish cheeses, olives, marcona almonds, pintxos, paella, tortilla de patatas

Aug 25 & Sept 22: Samba – Brazilian

salt cod croquettes; feiojada; churrasco of beef; coxinha-chicken and potato croquettes; hearts of palm salad; caruru-shrimp stew with okra, fresh ginger, peanuts and cashews

Wednesdays in August and September, 2010

6 – 9 PM

$25 plate of themed bites

Poolside at The Viceroy
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401