Grilled or chilled, layered or wrapped, the chefs at The Original Sandbag's Gourmet Sandwiches uphold the age-old art of bread bundling as they craft a mélange of classic sandwiches alongside a complement of classic soups, sides, and desserts. Staffers load up the shop’s fluffy rolls or toasty bread slices with spiced cuts of turkey, saucy meatballs, and veggies before pairing each creation with a homemade chocolate-chip cookie, imbuing senses with nostalgia for days at mom’s house or late-night shindigs at Cookie Monster's mansion. Diners can take their bounty to go or linger at the restaurant, which features a lineup of indoor seating and a collection of patio tables soaking in the warm rays of the noonday sun.
Housed in a graceful Italian Renaissance-style building originally designed as a music store in 1929 by famed L.A. architect Paul Williams, Tanino serves up authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary touch in the heart of Westwood Village. Travertine walls and an ornately painted ceiling impart an elegant and intimate feel amidst the bustle of the busy UCLA neighborhood. Chef-owner Tanino Drago, who cut his teeth at older brother Celestino‰Ûªs restaurant, Drago, has crafted a classic menu to match the Old World feel of his establishment, offering favorites like osso buco with saffron risotto and homemade fettuccine with lamb ragÌ_. A grand fireplace casts a warm and inviting glow on cool L.A. evenings, as does the largely Italian waitstaff, who are sure to come in handy when trying to order those tough-to-pronounce regional dishes.
A line winds out the door of this cookie parlor, testament to the popularity of its made-from-scratch cookies and build-your-own ice-cream sandwiches. The latter is totally customizable—from the choice of chocolate chip, peanut butter, or sugar cinnamon cookies to sandwiched scoops of Dreyers ice cream.
Tastes in Halloween costumes change quickly, but the team at Halloween Club knows that some staples never go out of style. Taco costumes, for instance. Creepy masks, police uniforms, and pirate apparel aren't forgotten either, allowing patrons to finish their cosplay outfit, celebrate Halloween, or put together a really spectacular excuse for not going into work. To round out the store's selection, there's outlandish props, too, such as seven-foot-tall haunted tree automated to flail spookily on its own.
Today’s Groupon gets you $40 worth of Asian fusion recipes and sushi at Tengu for $20. Taking its moniker from the Japanese God of Mischief, Tengu, located off Wilshire and the 405, offers delightfully well-behaved food and ambience that will destroy your appetite with a baseball bat made out of rice and seaweed.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.