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Snag the Best Reservations in Town - For Cheap!

DineLA Restaurant Week begins October 2. If you don't know what this means, you've clearly a) been living under a rock and b) desperately need Broke Girl's Guide, so we're glad you've signed up. Basically, all of LA's best restaurants will be offering discounted, 3-course menus for lunch and dinner over a two-week period (Oct. 2-7 and Oct. 9-14).  To take the fullest advantage of these deals, we asked Eater LA Editor Kat Odell (you should also check out her blog, Cork & Rind) to give us her picks for the must-not-miss dineLA participants. Without further ado, they are as follows -- make your resos now! 

sugarFISH -- There are so many fantastic sushi restaurants in LA, but unfortunately good sushi usually comes at a high price. sugarFISH, owned by the famed 20 year-old Sushi Nozawa, easily serves the highest quality omakase at the lowest price point in LA. $22 during restaurant week for omakase lunch? Sign me up.

Osteria La Buca -- I've been in love with Osteria La Buca lately. Recent chef addition Jason Neroni prepared a hyper-seasonal Italian menu with more unique dishes like grilled watermelon, olives and paprika and cauliflower ravioli with shrimp and okra. 

Night+Market -- I am  HUGE fan of Asian food and frequently drive to Thai Town for boat noodles or San Gabriel Valley for a soup dumpling fix. A great choice for authentic Thai street food pretty centrally located on Sunset in WeHo is the newish Night+Market operated by the same owners of Talesai next door. Adventurous eaters can sample pork rinds or wontons with pork cracklings and garlic in fat. 

Lazy Ox Canteen -- This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA for its laid back vibe and top notch seasonal eats. My advice is to go with the daily changing blackboard specials, and I can never pass up the pigs ears chicharons.

Toranoko -- I like weird things. Strange food. Foreign flavors.  Toranoko serves experimental Japanese izakaya and great sushi -- if you're looking to play Bizzare Foods like Andrew Zimmer, this is your spot. Where else will you have the opportunity to try Alaskan cod sperm?

True Food Kitchen -- Do not miss the edamame dumplings at TFK. Super healthy, seasonal, clean food. Great all around.

photo by Elizabeth Daniels

Sep 21, 2011 - 09:12 AM

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