Weekly Stir Fry: 5-20-10

Fear not! Here’s my weekly Stir Fry roundup of tremendous restaurant specials and delicious dining deals around Los Angeles. Some really exciting restaurant openings, happy hours and wine dinners, so get ready for some good eats (and drinks) this week!

The Bruery’s Second Anniversary, Saturday-Sunday, May 22-23
Okay, technically it’s down in the O.C., but this sounded so good, I just had to include it on the Stir Fry. Just east of Anaheim, The Bruery is a brew geek’s wonderland, with a homey tasting room in which to enjoy their limited-edition, hand-crafted beers. $40 gets you a three-hour tasting and 10 drink tickets for 2-5 ounce pours of their beers. The Bruery will also be releasing a special second anniversary oak-aged Belgian-style ale (with over 14% alcohol!) called Coton for the event. 750 ml bottles of the stuff will be sold at a discounted $15 during the event. The celebration takes place both days from 12:00-3:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm. Tickets are $40, and you can purchase them at the Bruery’s site here.
715 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870, (714) 996-6258, thebruery.com

Red O Opening, Wednesday, May 26
Rick Bayless, the author of six cookbooks, owner and chef of Chicago’s acclaimed Frontera Grill, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” and the chef at last night’s White House State Dinner for the President of Mexico, is opening a new restaurant on Melrose next week called Red O. The new resto will be open for dinner nightly, and offering dishes of light, California-style Mexican food like chilpachole seafood broth with shrimp, scallops, mussels, roasted potatoes and chayote; pork belly sopes with black beans, salsa negra and sesame; and goat cheese cheesecake with caramel corn and Mexican “root beer sauce.” Red O was designed by G+ Gulla Jonsdottir Design with custom furniture, brightly colored accents, an open floor plan, and a dining courtyard “crowned” by two handmade 14-foot chandeliers. There is also a glass tequila tunnel cellar showcasing the restaurant’s selection of premium tequilas. The restaurant will be open Sunday-Thursday, 5:00-11:00pm, and Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-midnight. (Photo Credit: Edward Duarte for the Chicago Tribune)
8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, (323) 655-5009, redorestaurant.com

Tequila Night at Malo, Thursday, May 27
Silverlake’s go-to Mexican restaurant is holding a tequila appreciation night hosted by Mexico’s one and only female-owned and operated distillery, Sino Tequila. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 that night, and will include a selection of tequila cocktails and Malo’s famous chips and salsa. Not only is this a great chance to taste tequila made by Mexican women, but Sino also supports the arts by giving $1 of every bottle made to the Latino Arts Network. That should make the shots go down even easier than a lick of salt and a wedge of lime.
4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, (323) 664-1011, malorestaurant.com

Cooking Class with Michael Cimarusti at Providence, Sunday, May 23
Chef Michael Cimarusti is holding a farmers market cooking class at Providence this Sunday starting at 11:00am. He’s going to teach you how to use what you find at the farmers market to make a cornucopia of delicious dishes. This Sunday’s class will focus around a main course of local seafood, and will demonstrate sauces and sides. Then participants will get to eat what he makes for lunch. Be sure to call ahead, though, since there are only 30 open slots, and tickets cost $100 each.
5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, (323) 460-4170, providencela.com

Happy Hour at Nobu
One of L.A.’s favorite sushi spots has just updated its happy hour, just in time for summer. Now guests can enjoy $4 Sapporo, $6 house wines by the glass, $7 mixed well drinks, and $9 martinis 7 nights a week from 5:00-8:00pm, along with the normal tapas menu. Now that’s a reason to be happy indeed.
903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, (310) 657-5711, noburestaurants.com

Gilded Hour at The Tar Pit
Whatever you do, don’t call it “happy hour”! The Tar Pit is introducing a daily “Gilded Hour” from 5:00-6:30pm daily that will feature $6 wines by the glass and specialty cocktails like their Bees Knees (gin, honey, lemon), Brown Derby (bourbon, honey, grapefruit), and Tennessee Trilogy (applejack whiskey, sugar, orange bitters). The appetizers like pickled deviled eggs, calamari, mini mac and cheese and French fries will be priced at between $2.50-5.
609 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, (323) 965-1300, tarpitbar.com

Prix Fixe Spring Menus at DaVinci
Executive Chef Jason Fullilove is introducing a $14 three-course lunch menu, and a $50 five-course dinner menu this spring at DaVinci in Beverly Hills. The lunch deal includes a daily seasonal soup or salad, any half sandwich or linguini with pomodoro, and a brownie sundae or house-made sorbets and ice cream. The dinner menu will offer 2-3 options per course featuring light starters like fried artichoke, and asparagus ravioli, entrees like squid ink linguini or Colorado lamb duo and spring pea risotto. For dessert, there’s Meyer lemon panna cotta or bruleed spring fruit.
9737 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, (310) 888-9010, davincibeverlyhills.com