Chef Mark Gold hosts a family-style supper every Sunday at Eva, his cozy restaurant on Beverly, based on what he finds at the farmers market that week. This week, the menu will include a classic iceberg lettuce salad with green goddess dressing, bleu cheese and walnuts; chicken Milanese with dates and Madeira, potatoes glazed in veal stock and butter; carrots with honey and coriander; braised veal with mushrooms and crème fraiche; and donut holes. Dinner costs $35 per person, and includes wine. Call early for reservations since the restaurant is (wonderfully) tiny, and space fills up fast. Then on Wednesday, March 31, at 6:00pm, Gold will be hosting another special supper party: a Passover Seder dinner with traditional "noshes" gussied up with California flavors like: gefilte fish with whipped crème fraiche and carrots; chicken with morels, lemon and bay leaf; veal brisket with globe carrots and glazed potatoes; and almond macaroons. That will run $65 per person.
7548 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, (323) 634-0700
The Counter, and its 312,000 different burger combinations, have come to West Hollywood. The seventh and newest Los Angeles location of the Westside burger joint opened Monday on Sunset Boulevard, with nearly 3,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space. So which burger is best for you? Select one of three sizes, four different kinds of patty, 12 cheeses, 30 toppings, 21 sauces, and four types of bun (or no bun at all). And the new location also boasts a few unique artisanal ingredients such as ahi tuna, fresh mozzarella, crisp pancetta, wasabi aioli, parmesan fries, and a caramel chocolate chip cookie shake, as well as handcrafted beer and wine.
7919 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Drink: Eat: Play is hosting another whirlwind tasting at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on Saturday, and this time the leading libation is sake. With over 100 sake brands, filtered, unfiltered, served hot or cold, there's something for everyone, plus introductory sake-tasting classes, freestyle tasting, and, of course, karaoke. Since this is a thoroughly grown-up event (there's not any food, so be sure to line your stomach with something hearty first), the start time is a rather late 8:00pm, and it runs until 11:00pm. Tickets cost $50, and can be purchased from Drink: Eat: Play's website. Kampai!
1755 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, (310) 902-6955
The HHH is throwing a few events this spring to mark the opening of the season at The Hollywood Bowl, practically next door to the hotel. Next Thursday, to mark Sir Paul McCartney's show at the Bowl, the Hideout is hosting a "Yellow Submarine Party" from 9:30pm until midnight. The bar will be serving up "magical mystery" specialty drinks courtesy of Stoli vodka after the show, along with half-price appetizers and desserts. A DJ will also be spinning classic Beatles hits from "A Hard Day's Night" to "Hey Jude." Can't make it next week? There'll be another special party on Friday-Saturday, April 16-17, called the "Hotel California Party" in honor of The Eagles' first ever show at the Bowl. Again, there will be half-price apps, and drink specials sponsored by Flawless Vodka and Leblon Cachaça.
2005 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068, (323) 876-8600
Now through May 7, Grace is celebrating its seven-year anniversary with a "7 Year Itch" menu featuring some of the restaurant's signature dishes. The three-course menu goes for $47, with optional wine pairings for an additional $27, the five-course menu is $57 (pairings $37), and the Chef's Menu is $97 (wine pairing $57). Some of the dishes you can count on include: Dungeness crab salad; pumpkin, sea urchin and sweet Maine shrimp risotto; wild Burgundy snails with braised short rib, hearts of palm and garlic nage; New Zealand John Dory with herb gnocchi, pea tendrils and chanterelle mushrooms; and, of course, salted caramel doughnuts with bourbon caramel pecan ice cream among others. Beats your average seven-year-old's birthday bash.
7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, (323) 934-4400
The Westside's favorite watering hole is extending it's "Happy Depression" happy hour menu of $5 drinks and bar bites all night long on Tax Day. So either come and spend your refund check, or take advantage of the cheap drinks while saving up to pay down what you owe the IRS. Specialty cocktails include the Aviation with gin, maraschino liqueur and fresh lemon juice; the Jack Rose with applejack, fresh lime juice and homemade grenadine; and the Gold Rush with bourbon, homemade honey syrup, and fresh lemon juice. For food, there's ham and cheese on BreadBar pain de mie; an oven-roasted turkey sandwich with jack cheese, bacon, and mayo; a pressed PB&J sandwich with raspberry jam; and the ultra-sweet but irresistible nutella sandwich with almond butter. Now if only Uncle Sam were that sweet
217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 576-3030