Food & Drink in Crenshaw

$10 for $22 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch Fare for Two or More at Vees Café

Vees Cafe

Los Angeles

Omelets, French toast, deluxe salads & ribeye quesadillas served with espresso, tea & smoothies indoors & outdoor cafe tables; dog friendly

$22 $10

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$8 for $13 Worth of Deli-Counter Food — Pico Deli

Pico Deli

Los Angeles

Stop in for lunch and enjoy an array of premium deli meats and cheeses by Boar's Head.

$13 $8

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One or Three Vouchers for Seafood at Family Fish Market (40% Off)

Family Fish Market

Inglewood

Ten types of fish such as red snapper, catfish, trout, fried shrimp, and fried oysters sided by french fries, coleslaw, and macaroni salad

$20 $12

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$18.99 for Six Bottles of Cold Pressed Juice at Jamba Juice ($32.94 Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New ready-to-drink cold pressed juices include three full servings of fruits and/or vegetables in each 100% real-juice beverage

$32.94 $18.99

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$10 for $21 Worth of Hookah Smoking — Point De Vue Cafe & Hookah Lounge

Point De Vue Hookah & Cafe Lounge

Los Angeles

Premium hookah service with an eclectic music vibe

$21 $10

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One Dozen Cupcakes or Half Dozen Cheesecake Cupcakes Topped with Strawberries at Regal Cake Gallery (Up to 55% Off)

Regal Cake Gallery

Mid-Wilshire

Bakery featured on The Tonight Show creates cupcakes decorated with frosting and New York–style cheesecake cupcakes with strawberries

$42 $19

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Lunch or Dinner at Little Ethiopia Restaurant (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Little Ethiopia Restaurant

Little Ethiopia

Spicy plates of gored gored's raw beef cubes tossed with jalapeños and doro wot's marinated chicken legs pair with rice and injera bread

$20 $12

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Ethiopian Cuisine and Drinks at Rosalind's Ethiopian Cuisine (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Rosalind's Ethiopian cuisine

Mid-Wilshire

Ethiopian, Ghanaian, and Nigerian cuisines served inside colorful eatery with traditional mesob sittings and live Ethiopian music

$20 $10

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$50 Worth of Drinks and New-American Fare or $100 For Four or More at Luna Park (Up to 42% Off)

Luna Park

Mid-Wilshire

Bar & restaurant sparkles beneath playful chandeliers as cocktails, mojitos & internationally inspired fare coax enjoyable dining respites

$50 $29

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$19 for Two Southern Pies from Drakes Pies ($32 Value)

Drakes Pies

Los Angeles

Dig into a large sweet-potato, pineapple-cheese, peach-cobbler, or apple Southern-style pie

$32 $19

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Healthy Latin Dinner for Two with Appetizer, Entrees, and Wine at Cafe Vida (37% Off). Two Options Available.

Cafe Vida

Culver City

Healthy Californian cuisine meets Mexican tradition

$77.90 $49

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$19 for Baked Goods and Cafe Fare at Schwartz Bakery and Circa-NY Restaurant ($30 Value)

Schwartz Bakery and Circa-NY Restaurant

Los Angeles

Kosher deli and bakery makes sandwiches including schnitzel and baked goods including challah, cupcakes, danishes, and pies

$30 $19

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French Cuisine at Crème de la Crêpe Bistro (Up to 50% Off)

Crème de la Crêpe Bistro

Fox Hills

Authentic French café serves sweet and savory crepes, specialty sandwiches, and meat and seafood dinners

$30 $18

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Beer Flights and Burgers for Two or Four at Brewdog Pub (Up to 54% Off)

Brewdog Pub

Beverly Hills

Choice of six beers from craft brewer including Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, and Black Market pair with specialty burgers

$60 $29

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Wine, Coffee, and Appetizers for Two or Four at Purple Wine & Coffee (Up to 48% Off)

Purple Wine & Coffee

Los Angeles

Wine bar serves hazelnut iced coffee, green tea latte, shrimp tempura, cheese, sandwiches, and, of course, plenty of wine

$30 $16

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Three-Course Thai Dinner with Drinks for Two or Four at Tuk Tuk (Up to 50% Off)

Tuk Tuk

West Los Angeles

Wok stir-fries join classic noodle dishes and house specialties such as lemongrass chicken and roasted-duck curry

$55.50 $30

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Lunch or Dinner at Got Kosher? (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Got Kosher?

Beverlywood

Neshama gourmet kosher chicken and turkey sausages, signature Tunisian tuna sandwiches, and Parisian-style steaks in newly renovated café

$20 $12

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Cajun-Style Cuisine for Two or Four at The Gumbo Pot (40% Off)

The Gumbo Pot

Mid-Wilshire

Eatery dishes out New Orleans favorites such as crab cake po' boys, fresh catfish, chocolate beignets, gator gumbo, jambalaya, and frog legs

$20 $12

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Persian Dinner for Two, Four, or Six at Reyhan Persian Grill (Up to 60% Off)

Reyhan Persian Grill

Culver City

Shaded by parasols on the patio, plates of saffron rice with cherries stand by kebabs of meat prepared fresh daily

$83.44 $39

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Wine and Appetizers for Two or Four at Aria V Wine Bar (Up to 60% Off)

Aria V Wine Bar

Culver City

Guests can enjoy appetizers and wine, with offerings from red to white and everything in between, in this upscale wine bar

$62 $29

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Three-Course Italian Dinner with Wine for Two, Four, or Six at Polentoni (Up to 70% Off)

Polentoni

Culver City

Traditional Italian dishes served in an eatery with rustic brick walls, exposed ceiling rafters, and rich wooden floors

$142 $49

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Upscale Chinese Cuisine at Philippe Beverly Hills (Up to 41% Off). Two Options Available.

Philippe Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Upscale Chinese cuisine such as lobster spring rolls, chicken satay in cream sauce, prawns bathed in spicy black beans, and 7 lb peking duck

$50 $30

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Thai Cuisine at Chao Krung (33% Off). Two Options Available.

Chao Krung

Mid-Wilshire

One of the city's oldest Thai restaurants serves up tom yum, crying tiger steak, and curry noodles in an elaborately decorated dining room

$40 $27

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Indian Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at East India Grill (Half Off)

East India Grill

Mid-Wilshire

Colorful curries, grilled chicken and lamb, and exotic Punjabi spices awaken taste buds

$24 $12

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All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pizza for Dine-In or Pizza for Carry-Out at Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza (Up to 47% Off)

Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza

Washington Culver

Ham, cinnamon, green peas, Brazilian-style cream cheese, condensed milk, fresh fruit, and beef stroganoff crown 30 types of gourmet pizzas

$29.98 $16

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Two $15 Groupons for Bagels, Breakfast, and Coffee or Catered Breakfast for 10 from Bagel Broker (Up to 51% Off)

Bagel Broker

Mid-Wilshire

18 kinds of house-baked bagels & variety of creamy spreads; catered breakfasts include granola or pastries & drinks

$15 $8

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Caribbean Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four or More at Prado Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Prado Restaurant

Mid-Wilshire

Executive chef Javier Prado cooks up Latin-Caribbean fusion cuisine presented to diners seated under 18th-century-style murals

$30 $16

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$12 for $20 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at California Roll Factory

California Roll Factory

West Los Angeles

Kosher-friendly rolls with imitation crab, tempura combos accompanied by miso soup, salad, and rice, and more than 100 sushi rolls

$20 $12

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Deli Sandwiches at Cheviot Farms ($20 Value)

Cheviot Farms

Palms

Made-to-order sandwiches are stacked high with premium deli meat, crisp veggies, and fresh-baked bread

$10 $6

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Afternoon Tea and Tasting for Two or Four at Chado Tea Room (Up to 52% Off)

Chado Tea Room

Multiple Locations

Afternoon tea tasting includes scones and sandwiches

$62 $31

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Mini, Petite, or Large Nuage Cake Packages at Bo Nuage (Up to 42% Off)

Bo Nuage

Melrose

Paris-trained pastry chefs create light, decadent treats from fresh, organic ingredients within patisserie, itself a work of modern art

$27.40 $16

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Standup Comedy for Two or Four with Tickets to a Future Show at Hollywood Improv (Up to 76% Off)

Hollywood Improv

Hollywood Improv

Storied comedy club hosts nationally touring comedians such as Michael Palascak, Greg Fitzsimmons, and David Huntsberger

$80 $20

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Gourmet Comfort Food at Food Haus Cafe (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available.

Food Haus Cafe

Southeast Los Angeles

Gourmet takes on American comfort food, including truffle fries, flatbread, and burgers topped in mac ‘n’ cheese or a whisky reduction

$25 $16

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Classic French Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Le Petit Bistro (40% Off)

Le Petit Bistro

Le Petit Bistro

Classic French dishes such as mussels poulette in an atmosphere akin to an intimate Parisian bistro

$60 $36

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The Hollywoodland Murder: Deadly Dinner Theater for One or Two at Next Door Lounge (Up to 52% Off)

Next Door Lounge

Hollywood

Guests dine on three courses as the Hollywoodland Murder show provides entertainment in a stylish, welcoming speakeasy

$84 $45

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Sandwiches, Pizza, and Creative Comfort Food at The Hollywood Corner (Up to 45% Off)

The Hollywood Corner

Hollywood

Made-from-scratch burgers on Artisan Crust buns, hearty salads, thin-crust pizza, and mimosas and breakfast tacos at brunch

$30 $17

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Blue Bell Ice Cream, Dole Whip and Frozen Treats at Whipp'd LA (Up to 52% Off)

Whipp'd LA

West Hollywood

Blue Bell ice cream and cool low-fat, lactose-free Dole Whip are served in a variety of flavors at exclusive locations

$11 $5.50

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Dinner for Two or Four at On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge

Beverly Hills

Chef who worked under Gordon Ramsay creates California-inspired dishes, such as lobster club sandwich, drunken shrimp & spicy tuna tartare

$70 $40

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$12 for $20 Worth of German-Inspired Cuisine and Drinks at Steingarten LA

Steingarten LA

Rancho Park

Choice of 20 traditional and game sausages; grass-fed 8-ounce burgers; list of 120 international and 20 craft beers, plus creative cocktails

$20 $12

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Two-Hour Gourmet Olive-Oil Tasting for Up to Four or Eight at Oliana (Up to 73% Off)

Oliana

West Hollywood

Two-hour tasting of flavored olive oils and vinegars; take home a 60-mL bottle of your choice

$90 $29

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$13 for Sandwiches, Baked Goods, Salads, and Coffee at L’Amande French Bakery ($20 Value)

L’Amande French Bakery

Beverly Hills

From the early morning hours, French bakery prepares fresh breads to serve alongside pastries, espresso, and salads

$20 $13

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$27 for $40 Worth of Japanese Food — Sen Asian Kitchen

Sen Asian Kitchen

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Come try delicious cuisine from our Japanese and sushi-bar menus, featuring fantastic specialty rolls, katsu, and noodles

$40 $27

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$14 for $20 Worth of Seafood and Soul Food at Shabazz

Shabazz

Inglewood

Catfish, tilapia, and ocean-caught salmon, as well as comfort foods such as turkey meatloaf, mac ‘n’ cheese, and bean pie

$20 $14

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$7 for $12 of Kosher Cuisine at The Holy Grill

The Holy Grill

Los Angeles

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$12 $7

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Vampire Wine-Tasting Package and Gift for Up to Two or Four at Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room (Up to 53% Off)

Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room

Beverly Hills

During tastings, individuals sample vampire-inspired local wines such as Dracula Merlot

$80 $40

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$12 for $20 Worth of Indian Food at India's Clay Pit

India's Clay Pit

Los Angeles

Tandoor-centric menu features lamb tikka, king prawns, and kebabs, as well as coconut curry, vindaloo, and pakora

$20 $12

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Specialty Cocktails and Drinks at The Woods (Up to 47% Off).

The Woods

Hollywood

Specialty cocktails served amidst woodland-inspired décor, such as elk antler chandeliers, pecky cedar walls, and teak tables

$30 $16

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Mexican Food at Ricardo's El Ranchito (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Ricardo's El Ranchito

Los Angeles

Mexican specialties such as sautéed shrimp, enchiladas in mole sauce, and huevos rancheros served all day

$20 $11

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Steakhouse Dinner for Two or Four or Private Luncheon or Party at Oliver's Prime Steakhouse (Up to 75% Off)

Oliver's Prime Steakhouse

West Hollywood

Steaks from sustainable, family-owned ranches paired with appetizers such as crispy calamari, decadent desserts, and drinks

$184 $95

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Mediterranean Dinner for Two or Four at Pi on Sunset (Up to 57% Off)

Pi on Sunset

West Hollywood

Lebanese and Italian fusion cuisine featuring a choice of appetizers, mixed grill entrees, and dessert

$55 $25

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$20 for Upscale Bar Food and Drinks at The Well ($35 Value)

The Well

Hollywood

Craft beers, California and international wines, and inventive cocktails join inventive tacos and short rib sliders in a sleek bar

$35 $20

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Pub Food at District 13 (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

District 13

Hollywood

Burgers, wings, wraps, and build-your-own-sausages paired with 20+ draft beers

$20 $12

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$16 for $30 Worth of Thai Cuisine for Dine-In Service at Nariya Thai

Nariya Thai Cuisine

Hollywood

Thai favorites such as colorful curries, Thai-style buffalo wings, and pra ram, available for dine-in

$30 $16

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Mediterranean Cuisine at Gaby's Express - West Hollywood (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Gaby's Express

West Hollywood

Tabouleh salad, lamb shish kabob pita, and cilantro mahi mahi whipped up quickly with healthy Mediterranean recipes

$10 $6

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$12 for a Three-Day Pub Crawl Pass from Hollywood Halloween PubCrawl ($25 Value)

Hollywood Halloween PubCrawl

Multiple Locations

Three-day, Halloween-themed pub crawl features drink specials and after-party

$25 $12

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2, 4, 6, or 8 Tickets to LA Club Crawl (Up to 67% Off)

LA Club Crawl

Los Angeles

Instead of long lines and covers, patrons snag an all-access pass from the crawl and boogie at Hollywood clubs such as Cosmo and Playhouse

$60 $29

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$10 for 50% Off a $120 Prepared Meal for 6–10 People from MDC Concierge

MDC Concierge

Los Angeles

Prepared meals include dishes such as brisket, slow-smoked turkey, and shrimp-and-lobster mac and cheese

$10 $10

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Latin Cuisine at Beso Hollywood (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Beso Hollywood

Hollywood

Upscale Latin dishes, such as shrimp & lobster risotto, chili-rubbed skirt steak, served in an elegant space with chandeliers, plush booths

$60 $30

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Specialty Mixed Drinks and Beer at The Parlour Room of Hollywood (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

The Parlour Room Of Hollywood

Hollywood

At a swanky yet affable lounge decked in green and gold, bartenders craft signature cocktails and pour draft beer

$30 $16

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Northern Indian Cuisine for Two or Four at Anar Indian Restaurant (40% Off)

Anar Indian Restaurant

Hollywood

Northern Indian dishes including veggie stews, chicken and lamb tandoori, cheese-stuffed naan, and savory biryani

$25 $15

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$12 for $20 Worth of Wine Tasting at The Wine House

The Wine House

West Los Angeles

The wine shop’s tasting room boasts a rotating selection of 32 vintages, which pour from automated wine-tasting dispensers.

$20 $12

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Mediterranean Food or Catering from Mediterranean City Grill (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Mediterranean City Grill

Downtown Los Angeles

Menu features a Mediterranean medley of falafels, shawarmas, and rotisserie chicken; catering options include party wraps and kebabs

$20 $12

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Chicken and Haitian Cuisine at Tigeorges' Chicken (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Tigeorges' Chicken

Westlake

Eatery dishes out whole rotisserie chicken, fricasséed goat meat, red snapper, taro-root fritters, plantains, and squash soup

$25 $15

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Six Large Gelatos or GelaDoughs, or $8 for $14 Worth of Gelato, and Drinks at Bonaventura Gelato Lounge

Bonaventura Gelato Lounge

Multiple Locations

All-natural ingredients and organic fruit are whipped every day into silky-smooth gelato; gelato sandwiches made with sweet buns and donuts

$14 $8

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Dinner for Two or Four Monday–Wednesday or Thursday–Saturday at The Gorbals (Up to 57% Off)

The Gorbals

Los Angeles

The second-season “Top Chef” winner masterminds shareable pan-ethnic plates such as lamb neck, latkes, banh mi poutine, and burgers

$115 $50

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$20 for $40 Worth of Gourmet Thai Cuisine at Rambutan

Rambutan

Silver Lake

Sample elegantly dished Thai favorites such as lemongrass noodle soups, steamed dumplings, and oyster mushroom tom yum

$40 $20

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Dinner or Lunch Stir-Fry Bowls, All-You-Can-Eat for Two, or Carry-Out at Gobi Mongolian BBQ (Up to 36% Off)

Gobi Mongolian BBQ

Silverlake

Eaters customize feasts of lean meat or tofu, local veggies, noodles, and house sauces, which are then stir-fried before their eyes

$21.90 $14

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Indian Fusion at Cowboys and Turbans (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Cowboys and Turbans

Los Angeles

Tacos, burgers, and vegan entrees all get the Indian treatment with vivid spices alongside classic Indian dishes like curries and masalas

$30 $18

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VIP Admission for Two or Four with Drinks and Snacks at The Crocker Club (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

The Crocker Club

Downtown Los Angeles

Specialty cocktails infused with fresh fruit pair with sliders and truffle fries in bank vault-turned-night club

$68 $24

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Chef's Tasting Menu with Champagne for Two or Four at Portofino Cucina Italiana (46%% Off)

Portofino Cucina Italiana

Downtown Los Angeles

Naples–born chef shares favorite home recipes such as homemade gnocchi or seafood brodetto stew through a tasting menu

$100 $59

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Eclectic American Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four at Pestolini (Up to 33% Off)

Pestolini

Los Angeles

Italian dishes mingle alongside other American favorites such as pancakes, grilled sandwiches, and a range of coffee and tea options

$18 $12

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$15 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Shaved Ice at Snow Flower Ice ($25 Total Value)

Snow Flower Ice

Marina Del Ray

Fluffy hybrid of shaved ice and ice cream customized with exotic ingredients such as sweet red beans, mochi, and condensed milk

$5 $3

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Creative American-Californian Cuisine at Rockwell Table & Stage (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Rockwell Table & Stage

Los Feliz

Artful plates, signature tonics, and wines served amid contemporary decor including an outdoor patio bathed in moonlight

$40 $20

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$25 for Shabu-Shabu for Two at Wharo Korean BBQ ($38 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Wharo Korean BBQ

Marina Del Ray

Pairs cook their own meats and vegetables inside pots of bubbling broth during Japanese shabu-shabu meal

$38 $25

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four, or Black-Truffle Dinner for Two at Locanda Positano (Up to 39% Off)

Locanda Positano

Marina Del Ray

Fresh seafood, seasonal produce, and handmade pastas highlight a menu of authentic Italian cuisine

$111 $69

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Fish and Shrimp Tacos at Best Fish Taco In Ensenada (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Best Fish Taco In Ensenada

Los Feliz

Crispy sweet-water basa fish and shrimp stuff tacos topped with housemade salsa or Magic Cream at revamped version of traditional taco stand

$20 $10

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Wine at Palermo Ristorante Italiano (Up to 41% Off)

Palermo Ristorante Italiano

Los Feliz

Appetizers of prosciutto and melon precede entrees such as lasagna bolognese, veal picata, and tilapia in a marsala sauce

$67.45 $40

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Two or Four Gyros and Soft Drinks at Delphi Greek (54% Off)

Delphi Greek

Westwood

Customers enjoy meals of gyros and soft drinks at a restaurant whose menu boasts traditional Greek food

$25.96 $12

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The latest venture from former ‰ÛÏIron Chef America‰Û� contestant Govind Armstrong, Post and Beam serves up farm-to-table California cuisine with a soulful twist. The chic-yet-relaxed Baldwin Hills restaurant invites guests with an airy dining room, while an open-face exhibition kitchen provides a peek at the behind-the-scenes action. The menu is characterized by SoCal-inspired soul food like grilled organic pork chop with peach chutney and deviled eggs with house-smoked catfish. However, don‰Ûªt expect comfort food like your grandma used to make‰ÛÓnothing is deep-fried and more traditional Southern dishes share space with lighter fare like burrata salad and black kale pizza. A rustic patio edged by a kitchen garden is perfect for enjoying a bourbon cocktail or a selection from the well-chosen wine list with friends. Note: We believe correct name is Post & Beam, so we would change that in title and copy

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
Los Angeles,
CA
US

One hallmark of a good friendship is the ability to share secrets with one another. And as Catarah Hampshire and Shoneji Robison have proven, it's even better when those secrets include closely guarded family recipes. They've taken these recipes and extrapolated them into a collection of cakes and cupcakes inspired by the flavors they grew up with. Eschewing trendy ingredients such as truffle oil, coffee nibs, or shredded pashminas, they aim to evoke down-home Southern cooking in every dessert. Just the names of the resulting treats?such as chicken & waffle, sweet potato, and peach cobbler?have customers reaching for a glass of sweet tea.

The baking duo have earned themselves plenty of laurels with their homegrown flavors. Eater LA named their seasonal Egg Nog and Sin Pie as one of its "15 Holiday Desserts to Try Right Now" in 2013. In the same year, the pair won Season 8 of Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Their sweet creations have also graced the palates of celebrities, including Stevie Wonder, Denzel Washington, and Nick Cannon. Still, their greatest delight is when a customer tells them, "This is better than my mama's."

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham opened his first Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica in 1946, and the company has since burgeoned into an employee-owned franchise that's more than 100 eateries strong and spans 11 states. Best known for a 100% turkey hot dog dunked in corn-bread batter made from Dave's mother's recipe and cooked in soy oil, Hot Dog on a Stick also pioneered the dipping and be-sticking of mild american and spicy jalapeño jack cheese. Smiling employees in red-, white-, and blue-striped uniforms with, as Dave put it, "a splash of lemonade," hand over cherry, lime, sugar-free, or original lemonade that they make fresh every two hours by squeezing Ventura County lemons until they cry.

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

A little corner of Mississippi stands in southeast Inglewood. An unassuming space on Crenshaw hosts M&M Soul Food, which recreates a huge menu of southern favorites from 8 a.m. through dinnertime seven days a week. Chefs load up plates with meatloaf, smothered pork chops, barbecue ribs, and fried seafood, among other soul-food staples. Then, of course, there are the sides—three of them per dinner plate, not counting the plump corn muffins. The menu also incorporates many dishes that can be hard to find outside a southern grandma's kitchen, such as liver and onions, chitterlings, ox tail, turkey wings, and oyster loaf. Cakes, cobblers, banana pudding, and potato pie obliterate the danger that someone might accidentally walk out with a little belly space left empty. In addition to standard combinations of grits, pancakes, and omelettes, breakfast hours hold out less-common dishes such as eggs with catfish or smoked beef links.

3552 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Nothing proves this adage quite like Mel?s Fish Shack. Because, while it fries and grills more than a dozen types of seafood, what Mel?s represents to its community is more than just a popular takeout spot?it symbolizes a lifelong legacy. Mel Powell founded Mel?s Fish Shack in 1982 on a whim. But within five years, it became wildly popular, known as the place where Miles Davis, The Jackson family, and Stevie Wonder went to chow down on Louisiana-style fried fish. Mel gave his food an unforgettable taste by crusting fresh red snapper, jumbo shrimp, and catfish in a special seasoning and cornmeal mix that he blended himself.

Today, his daughter Georgette Powell runs the business. She had been working with her father since she was nine, starting as his secretary for an ornamental-ironworking business where she learned the importance of integrity, discipline, and a strong work ethic. Even so, she never imagined she'd take over the family business, until one day, just a year from graduating college, she realized that helping her father was the right thing to do. Today, she serves both new customers and the same regulars her father did nearly 33 years ago, frying up their favorite orders with her own personal touch. The eatery is also conveniently located right off the Metro Expo Line, luring Natural History Museum visitors just a few stops away.

To bolster the selection of such soul-food classics as crispy catfish filets, oysters, and hush puppies, Georgette has expanded the menu to include healthy options of grilled-salmon salad in a ginger vinaigrette dressing and fish wraps with dill sauce. According to a recent article on the website of the county supervisor, she also hopes to eventually expand Mel?s to other locations and build up her newfound ?healthy soul food niche? through a community culinary school, driving Mel?s legacy beyond the historic fish shack.

4524 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

When channel 5’s KTLA Morning News Show put out a call for the best desserts in Los Angeles, the city responded. More than 170 entries were submitted, but in the end, it was Charlene’s butter-pecan caramel cheesecake that took the top prize. At The Real Cake Baker, Charlene and her fellow bakers make bliss-inducing cakes out of only real ingredients with names you can pronounce. Bakers whip sugar, butter, and flour into moist buttermilk sweet-potato pies, banana pudding, or old-fashioned stovetop pudding made with real meringue topping. Sugar- and gluten-free pies are also pulled hot from the oven and served along with gourmet coffee and southern-style pralines made with a hint of cognac. Charlene and her staff are so confident in their skills that they offer the Taster’s Guarantee: if a dessert is not to a customer’s liking, they can return the uneaten portion and bakers will replace it with another dessert of equal or lessor value.

3745 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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