Monday, July 6, 2009

Recession Friendly Eats: LA Edition

In this economy, some people might be having trouble eating out as much as they used to. But us Culturistas love dining out. From a hole in the wall treasure to the latest gourmet restaurant in the city, finding new restaurants and tasting different cuisines is one of our favorite things to do. So if you are looking for a good deal but also some good eats- try these restaurants in LA! Check out our other happy hour features: Here

Rush Street
“Rush Hour Premium Happy Hour”: Premium liquor and draft beer for $5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (well drinks are $3). DJ upstairs.
9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 837-9546,

Citizen Smith
This popular after hours eatery and bar features 50% off lunches and dinners on Mondays! The Southern-style comfort food is served up gourmet for it's posh LA audience.
1600 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood (310) 461-5001

“Recession Thursdays”: On Thursdays from 5 p.m. to midnight, $1 grilled cheese sandwiches (with potato chips), $2 pulled pork, chicken or beef brisket sandwiches (with chips). Happy hour ’til midnight includes $2 “mystery shots.”
All-you-can-eat ribs: Mondays from 5 to 10 p.m., for $12, all-you-can-eat ribs.
3001 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 828-9988,

Craftbar at Craft
Chef Matt Accarrino opened a new bar at Craft where everything on the menu is 9 dollars or less! Sure they are small portions, but they promise to be satisfying. Check out the menu here: Craftbar Menu
10100 Constellation Blvd., Century City, 310-279-4180

Luna Park
Sun-Thursday nights: Blue Plate Special! Items from 10-12 dollars and drinks at 5 dollars. Follow them on twitter for even more discounts (like 50% off your meal!) Luna Park Twitter
672 S. La Brea, Los Angeles 323-934-2110

The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel
The restaurant has extended its DineLA Restaurant Week offer indefinitely: four courses for $45 per person. First course: jamón serrano with “Catalan style” toasted bread with tomato and olive oil or “organized Caesar salad” with quail eggs and Parmesan cheese; second course: “croquetas” (chicken and bechamel fritters) or “not your everyday Caprese salad” (cherry tomatoes and liquid mozzarella); third course: sautéed shrimp with garlic and guindilla pepper or hanger steak with piquillo pepper confit; fourth course: traditional Spanish flan with fresh cheese and fruit or assorted bonbons.
465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 247-0400,

While their usual menu can get quite pricey they are offering 50% off Sundays. Try the mac and cheese, it is to die for!
8590 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood (in the Sunset Mall). 310.289.8590


  1. I highly recommend two places.

    If you work in the downtown, check out Catch 21, which is at Central and 4th. They have great grilled fish lunches for about $6-7.

    If you live or work on the westside, then you must go to Tito's Tacos at Washington and Sepulveda. I strongly recommend the Chile Beans, with Diet Pepsi. Only $3 !!

  2. mmm We totally agree! Both delish- and so is Johnnys Pastrami down the street from Titos