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DineLA serving up summer specials in DTLA

By Kylie Reynolds
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 07:41AM
Andrew Lopez

Mo-Chica is one of more than 30 DTLA restaurants offering a special menu for the DineLA event this summer.

DineLA is currently underway in DTLA, serving up culinary specials for the first time during the summer.

The foodie event, which kicked off Monday and runs until July 27, offers preset lunch and dinner menus at well-known restaurants throughout the city. Lunch ranges from $15, $20 to $25, while dinner reaches $25, $35 or $45, depending on the eatery.

More than 30 downtown restaurants are participating this summer. And a few of those DTLA eateries are also near a Metro stop, including Border Grill - Downtown L.A. and Traxx, making it easier to access the deals, according to Metro's blog, the Source.

Blogdowntown chose a few of our favorite menus this time around:

Mo-Chica: Chef Ricardo Zarate's modern Peruvian restaurant is hitting the DineLA scene for the first time, and is being generous in its menu options. Diners can choose from multiple appetizers and entrees - the kind of variety that is often a luxury during the preset event - and pick two appetizers during dinner. Aplaca stew and skirt steak are some of the entree options offered at this eatery at 514 West Seventh St. Lunch is $20 and dinner is $35.

Industriel: DineLA is as good a time as any to try the "urban farm/French cuisine" at this restaurant at 609 South Grand Ave. If you are not feeling adventurous enough to pay full price to try some of its menu offerings - like escargot panini and mussels in an absinthe-spiked bouillabaisse broth - take a chance during this dining event. Lunch is $20 and dinner is $35.

Café Pinot: Spicing it up for DineLA, this restaurant, described as California-French, is offering some items that can't be found on its regular menu, including the smoked salmon velouté and fluke. Although the lunch and dinner menu does not differ - save for dessert at dinner - this is one chance to try something different at the eatery at 700 West Fifth St. Lunch is $20 and dinner is $35.

What's the best downtown deal you've found during DineLA? Tell us in the comments.

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