Gourmet Survival In Tough Times

One of the silver linings of a poor economy are the deals that inevitably evidence.  I have been seeing them all over the place, even in very high end areas.  Fine dining is starting to feel the pinch all across Los Angeles and the deals are becoming plentiful in an effort to entice diners out for a meal.  These are a couple of the latest special menus I’ve come across.

Taste on Melrose is extending its DineLA menu through the entire month of February (something many participating restaurants are also doing).  You can enjoy a three course lunch for $22 per person or a three course dinner for $34 per person.  If you haven’t been to Taste, now is the time to try it out.  It will be impossible not to fall in deep taste bud lust.

This weekend the Innovative Dining Group announced Appetite Stimulus Menus at several of their popular restaurants ranging from $25 per person to $40 per person Sunday through Thursday beginning yesterday at BOA Steakhouse (West LA and Santa Monica locations), Sushi Roku (West Hollywood and Santa Monica locations), and Katana.  It appears to be a similar extension of the DineLA concept.

So, if you are dire need of an exquisite little venture to remind yourself that life can be completely hedonistic even in the darkest of hours, take advantage of these sumptuous menus and spoil yourself or do it in tandem with your favorite partner in crime.

5 Replies to “Gourmet Survival In Tough Times”

  1. One of the silver linings of a poor economy are the deals that inevitably evidence

    That’s called deflation and it’s hardly a silver lining; deflation, when the cost of goods and services to the consumer dips below its actual fair market value, contributes to the length and pain of a recession. If you think deflation is good for anyone, think again because wages also decrease during a deflation (pay cuts along with those affordable three-course luncheons anyone?)

  2. Alternatively there is the fishing-for-coupons thing. Some lady just made the news by being able to buy hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for literally pennies on the dollar

  3. Love it! Thank you so much for the info; deflation may suck, but there’s not a whole lot *I* can do about it, and if I can enjoy a fine dining experience I might never otherwise be able to, I don’t see any reason not to go ahead and chow down.

  4. I found this really good red wine at Whole Foods. Can’t remember the name but it was reduced from $18 to $8.99. Non-vintage blend of 2004 syrah and 2005 cabernet franc, I think. Screw top. Amazing deal, easily worth $18. I’m going back for more so leave some for me if you get there first. They had it at the new mega-WF on Rose and also at Fairfax and Santa Monica.

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