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9 Wild DineLA Dishes We Need To Sink Our Teeth Into

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We’re smack in the middle of Los Angeles’ acclaimed restaurant week, and for those of you in Southern California through January 25, a bevy of eateries are participating in dineLA. This is an event where participating restaurants craft an exclusive menu, lunch or dinner, that best represents them — just at a fraction of their regular prices.

For those who participate in dineLA for the adventure, and want to venture away from the more traditional dishes you can find at most restaurants, you’re in luck. We discovered nine innovative dishes that have piqued our interests this season.

Check them out below. As with most cases during dineLA week, reservations are highly recommended.


Cracklin’ Beer Can Chicken

 

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Found at A Frame, this Cracklin’ Chicken combines the moistness that comes from beer can chicken with the rich, bold flavors that can only be found at this Hawaiian Soul Food spot. With a beauty like this, it’s no wonder this chicken item has become one of A Frame’s signature dishes.

Croissant Bread Pudding

 

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Made with dulce de leche and vanilla bean gelato, Art’s Table is serving up this sweet rendition of bread pudding made from croissants as part of their dineLA menu. Croissant Bread Pudding checks off a lot of the boxes for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Ribeye Dry Aged In An Environmental Chamber

 

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A dry-aged steak is an experience that beef lover should have once in their life. APL Restaurant is serving a ribeye that’s been dry-aged in the restaurant’s famous 1,000 square foot chamber. Man, imagine the flavor waiting to be unlocked within that steak.

Duck Confit Poutine

 

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The duck confit fries from Belcampo are one of the best fries I’ve had the privilege of trying in Southern California. Belcampo takes them to a new level by throwing in crispy duck leg confit, duck gravy, and white cheddar.

Lobster Tacos

 

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Fans of hard shell tacos can find Blue Plate Oysterette’s Lobster tacos stuffed with Maine lobster, shredded lettuce, jalapeños, and drizzles of a “cheesie” sauce and truffle oil. A huge departure from the hard shell tacos I enjoyed in college, but a welcome one.

Lobster Pizza

 

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There was a time when throwing lobster on a pizza was unheard of, but Cattle and Claw’s took their shot and it looks delicious. This may be the first pizza I wouldn’t dunk in ranch dressing.

Butter Lobster Ramen

 

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The key to a solid bowl of ramen is a rich broth, and Hinoki + The Bird’s Lobster Ramen does not shy away from that. This decadent dish features butter poached lobster swimming in a seafood broth and hand-made ramen noodles.

Longanisa Burger

 

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I haven’t been a fan of longanisa sausage for long, but since trying it, the Filipino ingredient has become too delicious to quit. Ma’am Sir’s Longanisa Burger serves up an entire patty filled with those juicy Filipino flavors. Wonder if I can request a double patty here?

Big Mohawk

 

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Fans of the Impossible Burger will want to check out Mohawk Bend’s Big Mohawk, a meatless play on McDonald’s prolific Big Mac Sandwich. It features two vegan Impossible Meat burger patties, shredded lettuce, vegan American cheese, pickles, onions, and special sauce on a sesame seed bun.

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Restaurants

‘Manila Sunrise’ Pizza Encapsulates Filipino Breakfast In A Single Slice

I’ve always believed that a pizza is a blank canvas for culinary artists to pour their soul into and that each pizzeria is a gallery for them to showcase their unique style.

Rose City Pizza, located in Rosemead, CA, has added a new pizza to their menu that is as delicious as it is picturesque with a name that aptly fits the occasion — The Manila Sunrise.

The Manila Sunrise is arguably one of the tastiest renditions of a breakfast pizzas I’ve had the pleasure of trying. Rose City’s pie is made with mozzarella cheese, garlic chili paste, fried garlic, fried onions, pickled red onions, eggs, and crumbled longanisa sausage.

Conceptualized as part of a Filipino Pizza collaboration, Rose City garnishes the pizza with 7ti Sauce, a sort of spin on thousand island made with Filipino ingredients, crafted by food pop-up brand Grub Life.

This isn’t Rose City’s first unconventional take on pizza. You may remember a while back when they debuted an Al Pastor pizza that went viral. They sliced meat straight from a spit directly onto the pizza and served it with garnishes you would find on an al pastor taco.

Not too long ago, they even released a seasonal Spinach Artichoke Dip pizza.

In the few weeks since the Manila Sunrise was introduced at the restaurant, the pizza has become a sleeper hit on the menu. Owner Brian Nittayo says that he plans to keep the pizza as a permanent fixture on Rose City’s menu.

Man, this pizza will not do my waistline any favors…but I absolutely plan on going back for it many, many times.

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Fast Food

KFC Philippines Offering All-You-Can-Eat Filipino Style Breakfast

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Breakfast is a big deal in the Philippines. It usually takes the form of something called tapsilog, combining meat (tapas), garlic fried rice (sinangag), and fried egg (itlog) into the perfect Sunday morning meal. So instead of trying to woo breakfast eaters with chicken donuts, KFC Philippines decided to just give the people what they want: all you can eat tapsilog every weekend in July.

According to Brand Eating, this entails “unlimited servings” of a few more iconic Filipino breakfast staples, including longanisa (sweet sausage), tocino (barbecued pork), arroz caldo (rice porridge), garlic rice, and egg — along with a few oddballs like chocolate chip pancakes and chicken filets, for variety or something.

There’s a total of eight participating locations throughout the PH, where reservations go for 199 pesos (or about $5 USD) a head. That’s not even enough for a hot cakes breakfast platter at McDonald’s here, womp.