Weekly Stir Fry: 4-14-10

This week's roundup of dining deals and restaurant specials around Los Angeles, posted directly here on my site rather than LA.com. All the same valuable, up-to-the-minute info, but now you can find it all right here, so enjoy, and get out to eat!

Tony’s Darts Away Opens in Burbank
Think half Burbank dive bar and half tree-hugger hangout, and you’ll get the basic idea behind Tony’s Darts Away, a recently refurbished beer spot in the heart of the Valley that has reopened with a new commitment to vinyl furniture and serving environmentally friendly, locally crafted beers on tap only so that there’s no bottle or can waste. All that saving means that Tony’s can afford to pour “honest pints” with almost four extra ounces of glass to ensure a proper head (make all the jokes you want) for patrons who want to enjoy every last drop of cult beers like Lost Abbey Judgment Day, Eagle Rock Brewery Solidarity Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA, and Alesmith Anvil on the rotating list of 30 (there’s also wine). The food menu includes a host of locally sourced meat and vegan sausages and hot dogs with special toppings, farm-fresh salads, special chili, and all the customary bar food sides spiced up in combos like plantain chips with garam-masala spice, garlic-stuffed olives, and sweet potato fries with maple-chipotle glaze and crushed toffee almonds. And, of course, there are dart boards (and board games) galore to entertain you until the bar closes at 2:00am (1:00am Sundays). Photo courtesy of Eater.
710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91521, (818) 253-1710, tonysburbank.com

Burger Kitchen Opens
L.A. certainly has a plethora of burger options, but the newest joint on the scene is still pretty exciting thanks to a no-frills storefront, and dozens of burger options with interesting patties like lobster, Portobello, shrimp, salmon, and lamb, with all kinds of toppings from teriyaki sauce, feta cheese, chili, jalapeno peppers, pears, pineapple, mint-yogurt sauce, and smoked bacon. Not all at the same time. Even dessert is a burger—made with ice cream and choco-chip cookies. There are also artisanal beers on tap and by the bottle, as well as some interesting wines.
8048 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, (323) 944-0503

Happy Hour at bar210
Though Angelenos mourned the passing of the iconic Trader Vic’s at the Beverly Hilton, they seem to be enjoying the hip new combo of bar210 and Plush that have replaced it, with budding celebrity chef Marcel Vigneron manning the kitchen. The latest development at the property is the launch of a new happy hour from 7:00-9:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays that includes half-price plates, $5 wines and beers, and $7 specialty cocktails. The munchies include tuna pizza, boneless chicken wings injected with blue cheese, and short rib sliders; while the specialty cocktails include the American Sweet Tea with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, lemonade, muddled mint, and a lemon wheel; The Blackberry with Hennessy Black, cranberry juice, apple juice, lime juice and fresh berries; and more.
9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, (310) 887-6000, bartwooneoh.com

Philippe Chow Happy Hour
Philippe Chow, that celeb-filled far-out Far East eatery on Melrose, has also just launched a new happy hour with $7 Bites, $8 Sips, and $9 Swigs at the bar from 6:00-8:00pm, Monday-Thursday. On the Bites menu you’ll find satay, salt & pepper calamari, jade dumplings, and Peking duck spring rolls among others. The Sips are basically some wines by the glass, while the Swigs include signature cocktails like their famous Lychee Martini, the Philippe Passion with Absolute Pear and Peach, mango puree, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda and a cranberry splash; and the Black Dragon with Bacardi Dragonberry, muddled raspberries, Triple Sec, lime juice and simple syrup.
8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, (323) 951-1100, philippechow.com

Earth Day at Mexico Restaurante Y Barra, Sunday, April 25
Sure, a few restaurants around town might be highlighting local farmers or turning off their lights and going candle-lit on Earth Day this year, but Mexico Restaurante Y Barra is shutting off all power—we’re talking lights, phones, registers, computers, gas grills…everything!—and cooking up a family-style meal of wood-fired chile rellenos, tacos, tomatillo chicken, assorted sides (guacamole, wood-fired black beans, cilantro rice, quesadilla, salad) and traditional flan for $20 per person. The restaurant is also asking patrons to get in on the spirit by walking, biking or taking public transportation to the restaurant rather than driving. Don’t worry, when you get there, there will also be beer and hand-made margaritas, because Earth would want you to be happy about being all environmental and stuff. The fun starts at 3:00pm and runs till 9:00pm.
8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, (310) 289-0088, gogomexico.com

French Women don’t get fat at Petrossian, May 3
Next month, Mireille Guiliano, the author of the bestselling French Women Don’t Get Fat, will be hosting a three-course prix-fixe caviar tasting dinner at Petrossian, complete with a signing of her latest book, Women, Work, & The Art of Savoir Faire. The new book is Mireille’s guide for working women navigating the professional world while still trying to enjoy the finer things in life. The dinner starts at 7:30pm and costs $125 per person. Along with a signed copy of the book, the price includes dishes like caviar surprise with king crab and apple jelly, green been salad with burrata and caviar, and a glass champagne.
321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, (310) 271-6300, petrossian.com