Plan Check Santa Monica
Chow down on chowder fries at new Plan Check Santa Monica.

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

Edited by Christina Xenos

The sultry new hybrid restaurant and lounge from the h.wood Group (The Nice Guy) pays homage to the Roaring ’20s in West Hollywood. “I don’t think LA (or anywhere) has seen a place like this, with the mix of dinner, drinking and dancing all coming together in this format,” says h.wood Group’s co-owner Brian Toll. Expect soulful food, live music and surprise acts, specialty cocktails, along with bottle service following dinner hours. The menu features comforting selections like deviled eggs and baby back ribs with Delilah’s secret barbecue sauce, along with steaks, cedar plank salmon and vegan dishes like spaghetti squash pasta and portobello mushroom steak. 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.

Plan Check Santa Monica
The beloved burger and comfort food destination is now offering their menu of favorites along with seafood-focused dishes for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in Santa Monica. Stop by for modern twists on traditional seaside dishes of New England and the Gulf Coast like chowder fries (housemade clam chowder, bacon, celery and steamed little neck clams in the shell), Korean cioppino (mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, gochujang and a soju bomb), lobster pot pie (curried lobster bisque, baby beets, green beans, corn, carrots and potatoes) and a seafood platter. Brunch offers sought-after specialties like fried chicken and crullers, breakfast donuts with cereal milk and a pork belly Benedict with Sriracha Leather. Week day happy hour includes drinks specials Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.444.1411.

Delilah opens in West Hollywood. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels.

The Brentwood restaurant continues to redefine the steakhouse concept with its breezy ambiance, all-prime steak menu and tableside service. It recently added new cuts of top Wagyu to its menu, including a Snake River Farm ribeye filet (BMS 6), Darling Downs NY Strip (BMS 8) and Miyazaki A5 Japanese striploin (BMS 11+)—one step below the most marbled beef on the planet. Accompany your meal with indulgent sides like mac and cheese with shaved white truffles from Alba, Italy and jumbo onion rings with remoulade and parmesan. The restaurant will also create a Greek salad for you tableside, or a cheese plate if you prefer; it comes with 12 different global and domestic selections, including accoutrements like housemade apple butter. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 424.273.1660.

Peninsula Beverly Hills
Everything is coming up pink at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. The luxury hotel honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a variety of decadent pink possibilities. Stop by for a pink afternoon tea complete with raspberry ganache lollipops and pink peppercorn macaroons. Sip rose-colored cocktails such as the genever-based Pinky Promise at The Belvedere, a begonia-garnished La Vie En Rose at The Club Bar or a glass of pink sangria at The Roof Garden. You can also give your meal a pink ending at The Belvedere; the restaurant’s popular “Faberge” egg-inspired dessert is hand-painted in shades of pink for the month. 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.551.2888.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The “Faberge” egg-inspired dessert at The Belvedere is hand-painted in shades of pink for the month at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

White Truffle Dinner Series at SAAM
Oct. 20-Nov. 19. Now in its fifth year, SAAM at the Bazaar features the best of the season’s white truffles in a 16-course dining experience as seen through the lens of José Andrés’ culinary team, led by chef Aitor Lozano Zabala. The menu includes dishes like the Ultimate Té, a tea-like broth made from mushrooms, white truffle, mint and lemon verbena distilled table-side using a siphon; as well as the intricately plated Foie Donut made with foie gras cream, white truffle, and a foie terrine glaze. $350. 465 S La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5545.

Knuckle & Claw West
Opens Oct. 21. The beloved lobster roll destination will re-open in Santa Monica with a full raw bar and outdoor, reservation-only dining. Also find a patio with a charcoal barbecue for grilling whole lobsters and artichokes, and expanded items like lobster bisque and lobster mac and cheese, along with the restaurant’s classic lobster rolls. 2715 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.399.9939.

Carlitos Gardel
The in-the-know spot for carnivores and lovers of Argentine wine, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Eaters flock to the dining destination for prime cuts of Angus beef, traditional Argentine chorizo and blood sausage. The cuts of meat—bone-in ribeye, New Zealand rack of lamb, prime skirt steak—are all butchered in-house and served root vegetable-puree mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Also find other delicacies like empanadas and garlic shrimp. 7963 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.0891.

Jumbo onion rings with remoulade and parmesan at Baltaire.

Los Angeles Food Events this Week

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air 2016 Visiting Chef Series
Oct. 19. The final installment of this year’s visiting chef series at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air has renowned chefs Sean Brock and Dave Beran joining Puck in a collaborative dinner. Executive chef Hugo Bolanos joins Puck to highlight specialties from California and the Pacific Northwest regions, including Santa Barbara spot prawns and Oregon matsutake mushrooms. Chef Dave Beran will celebrate the season’s bounty by preparing an inspired harvest of autumn vegetables, California caviar and Sonoma squabs. Chef Sean Brock will showcase the ingredient-driven new southern cuisine that has made his award-winning Husk restaurant in Charleston one of the nation’s most innovative dining destinations. $225/pp. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., L.A., 310.909.1644.

Liquid Intelligence
Oct. 20. Drop by The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live for a beer tasting that features  Angel City Jameson Irish Imperial Red Ale, brewed in partnership from local brewery Angel City and Jameson Irish Whiskey. As part of the Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates Drinking Buddies program, this limited edition beer was aged in a Jameson barrel and will be unveiled to the public for the first time that evening. To complement, The Mixing Room will serve the signature dark chocolate and Grand Marnier ganache cake from Fords Filling Station. 6-7 p.m. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown.

LA’s Best Vegan Taco Competition
Oct. 22. LA is known for its breadth of tacos and this weekend, vegan tacos take center stage. Nine local chefs face off, showcasing their skills in a heated battle at Cafe Gratitude in Larchmont. Taste what chefs like Ernesto Moreno (Cafe Gratitude), Roy Elam (Plant Food + Wine) and Chandra Gilbert (Gracias Madre) are bringing to the table. Admission grants you plenty of tacos, kombucha, beer and cold brew. $20. Noon-3 p.m. 639 N Larchmont Blvd., L.A. Tickets

CÚRATE Cookbook Sunday Supper
Oct. 23. Lucques, the flagship restaurant owned by Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, hosts the first of their Bookfest dinners for fall. Kicking it off is a dinner from Katie Button—one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs”—in honor of her new cookbook CÚRATE. Dine on a four-course dinner that features dishes like watermelon tomato salad with goat cheese and corn nuts; squid ink pasta; and lamb chops with black olive and rosemary crumble; and almond cake with cream sherry, brandy, lemon and thyme ice cream. $75/pp. 8474 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.6277.

Celebration of Food & Wine
Oct. 21-23. Celebrate the finer things in life all weekend long at Terranea Resort. The event offers cooking demonstrations and wine seminars led by experts, along with The Study of Pork reception, Judgment of Paris 1976 dinner, Japanese whiskey dinner, after-party with special entertainment, two grand tastings, a Champagne brunch and more. $50-$1,250. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2766. Tickets

Shared Plates
Oct. 22. Dubbed the “night of 100 dinner parties,” the event spurred by L.A. Kitchen aims to bring Angelenos from every walk of life together to reveal the power of food with family-style dinner parties held in homes across the city. All ticket proceeds support L.A. Kitchen’s mission to ensure that neither food nor people will ever go to waste.

Brand Boulevard Block Party
Oct. 22. Glendale has become a culinary epicenter in recent months and Brand Blvd. is at the heart of the eats. Hit the first-ever block part for tastings from local restaurants like Shake Shack, Mainland Poke, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Bourbon Steak and many others. $50 advance/$60 door. 5-8 p.m. Brand Blvd., between Colorado St. and Caruso Ave., Glendale.

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