The Gadarene Swine
The Gadarene Swine: A Farewell Dinner Series. Photo by Jo Maxwell Stougaard.

Each week we spotlight top Los Angeles restaurants, dining and drinking experiences you need to try.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Los Angeles Food & Wine
Aug. 25-28. The epicurean event features world-class chefs, including Emeril Lagasse and Otium’s Timothy Hollingsworth. With a home base in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad downtown, the festival offers tastings, cooking demonstrations, special events across LA. and more. Don’t miss the Power Lunch Series where local and national talent hold intimate sit-down lunches at restaurants across the city like Simbal, Paley, Rose Cafe, Otium, among others. See website for full schedule. Individual tickets $50-$300. 855.433.5239.

The Gadarene Swine: A Farewell Dinner Series
Aug. 26-28. One of LA’s most revered plant-based dining destinations closed unexpectedly last month and because of that, Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Lee wanted to give fans of the restaurant one last chance to enjoy the dishes they’ve come to love. Join them in conjunction with FEASTLY for a a 10-course tasting menu of favorites like crispy fried stuffed olives; blackened cauliflower; roasted mushroom with burnt sweet potato; tres leches cake, among others. downtown.

Lock Box
Koreatown speakeasy Lock & Key was re-imagining their kitchen and dreamed the idea of a take out window. The new concept is called “Lock Box.” All you have to do is decide what you want off Chef Jose Reyes’ menu of elevated gastro-pub grub (definitely the California burrito), and order it from the front window of the lounge. The window is open starting at 5 p.m. (closed Mondays). 239 S Vermont Ave., L.A.

The new Beverly Hills hot spot is now open for lunch. Dine on Chef Scott Howard’s signature Jidori chicken sandwich (crispy Jidori chicken, chipotle mayo, cabbage slaw on a cibatta roll), and other menu highlights like snacks like buttermilk biscuits with chipotle maple syrup; an array of salads; Citizen’s signature burger with pimento cheese, chili and pickled cabbage; and mains like dry-aged Delmonico with king trumpet mushrooms, baby carrots and almond parsley salsa. Lunch is served Mon.-Fri., noon-2 p.m. 184 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

Tail O’ the Pup
Opens Aug. 25. After an eleven-year hiatus, famed Los Angeles hot dog brand, Tail O’ the Pup will re-launch the first of several locations with a food truck concept in the parking lot of popular retail destination, Opening Ceremony in West Hollywood. A modernized take on the 21st century hot dog stand, the re-launched Tail O’ the Pup will serve some original recipes, hot dogs, burgers and specialty items that made its stand famous for over 70 years. The new menu will include classics such as; The Baseball Special (mustard, relish, onions), The Mexican Ole (chili, parmesan cheese, onions) and The Red Eye (tomato, mustard, relish, onions) as well as brand new recipes which include; The Pastrami Dog (pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, mustard), The Nacho Dog (guacamole, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo) and The Italian (red bell peppers, pepperoncini, diced onions, tomato, shredded lettuce, Italian dressing). 451 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood.

Private Dinner Prepared by Los Angeles Award-Winning Chefs
Share an exclusive private dinner with actor Timothy Olyphant at Suzanne Goin & Caroline Styne’s celebrated a.o.c. in Los Angeles. Enjoy dishes prepared by 2016 James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs Suzanne Goin, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Dahlia Narvaez. All you have to do is donate as little as $10 to get a chance to enter the sweepstakes. Proceeds help support the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood cancer.

Dog Haus
Aug. 26. It’s a business built on gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers, and now Dog Haus celebrates its 20th location. To observe the milestone, they are   paying homage to their very first store with by offering free Haus Dogs on Friday. Stop by from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and also enjoy new draught beer including six news taps, Fosselman’s premium milkshakes and soft-serve with your meal. 105 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena, 626.577.4287.

Herringbone Santa Monica
The ocean-to-table restaurant in Santa Monica is launching a new experience at their Salt & Brine Bar and a new lunch menu. The Pearl Menu offers an intimate interactive seafood experience at the bar within the restaurant. Dine on seafood specials and land selections, or opt for the omakase-style chef’s tasting menu. During the week, the refreshed lunch menu offers selections like a lunch box with a salad and sandwich combo (think choices like (stone fruit salad to a crab BLT). You can also grab the restaurant’s happy hour menu for lunch and enjoy bites like meatballs, albacore sashimi and truffle fries. 1755 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.971.4460.

Culinary Passport
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles have created a Culinary Passport to satisfy the hunger of frequent game-goers and downtown foodies. Pick one up at the hostess stand at any participating restaurant, and for $99 that will buy you designated dishes at the seven restaurants on site. Eat through dishes like WP24 by Wolfgang Puck’s chili “Dan Dan” dumplings and broiled Japanese black cod; octopus sopes, seared scallop elote, and bacon-wrapped dates at Ford’s Filling Station, and much more. Restaurants include WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, Nest at WP24, Ford’s Filling Station, The Mixing Room, gLAnce Lobby Bar, Espressamente and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 900 W Olympic Blvd, downtown, 213.765.8600.

Hey 19 Public House
The South Bay restaurant welcomes new Executive Chef Andy Lee (formerly of Rascal and Café Del Rey) to the team with the launch of a new Sunday supper. The family friendly, East Coast-style seafood boil kicks off this weekend with classics including whole shrimp, Andouille sausage and grilled corn. $19/pp (children 12 and under will be charged their age). 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, 310.378.8119.

Aug. 28. The Atwater Village outpost of the modern Mediterranean eatery celebrates its second anniversary on Sunday. Stop by for complementary small bites, drink specials and live music. A portion of the proceeds earned will be donated to Atwater and Glenfeliz elementary schools. RSVP: 3245 Casitas Ave., L.A., 323.522.3488.

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