For those weak-willed few who turn to eating when hungry instead of intense hunger-reducing concentration, today’s Groupon gets you $40 worth of Latin-inspired cuisine and thirst quenchers at Ciudad for $20.
Ciudad head chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger came to L.A. with nothing but a briefcase of recipes, cookware, fire-burning stoves, fridges, prep tables, and eye-catching kitchen tiling. After the introduction of Tapas Sundays, which offer a starting line-up of small plate dishes as determined by a spin of the Wheel O' Tapas, their fledgling restaurant began to garner the attention of tapas tasters and day-naming enthusiasts alike.
Vegetarians, pescatarians, and veterinarians will all find something to whet their tappetites with wild-mushroom empanada ($6), seasonal ceviche (market price), sautéed calamari with chorizo, white beans, and roasted peppers ($7), and lamb meatballs in minted chimichurri and curry yogurt sauce ($6). Selections off the dinner menu include the restaurant's famous Peruvian ceviche ($11.50), chile-rubbed mahi mahi ($28), and smoked chile skirt steak ($29.50).
Along with being killer cooks, chefs Mary Sue and Susan are also responsible and eco-friendly. Ciudad practices environmental sustainability, which covers everything from the seafood it buys to its “Good for the Planet, Good for You” retinue of 80% plant-based dishes. A dinner at Ciudad is like eating and drinking with two hands while patting the world on the head with your third. And if you find you've over-indulged on signature cocktails such as the Brazilian margarita (cachaca, Cointreau, and fresh lime; $11.50), among other tempting libations, Ciudad has created the Ciudad shuttle service, which will transport you to key downtown locations like the Staples Center or the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
- The wait staff was warm and attentive.The owners made a point of coming out and speaking to the customers. We had a most relaxing, delicious dinner and an all together great downtown experience. – Beverly333, Citysearch
- Still thinking about the meal now! It was a wonderful night out with good friends, great wine, and delectable food. – lanolefan, Citysearch
- It's funky and fun, not stuffy, amazing cooking from all of Central and South America. – Hans50, TripAdvisor
Rebranded Days of The Week
Ciudad has redefined two of the seven days of the week, christening them Tapas Sunday and Paella Tuesday. Ciudad, however, was not the first group to try to redefine the week. Here are some unsuccessful attempts at new days:
- Karate Day (formerly Saturday): In 1986, two years after the immense success of the film The Karate Kid, karate-school owners banded together to rebrand Saturday as Karate Day, hoping to encourage slovenly children, ungainly teenagers, and divorced adults to spend their weekends studying the ancient martial art. Unfortunately, their plan worked too well, and America in the 1990s swarmed with gi-wearing toughs eager to settle their disputes in contests of hand-to-hand combat. Only when the karate craze gave way to the craze of taking hallucinogens did our streets became safe again.
- Bring Your Children To Work Day (formerly Monday–Friday): To increase productivity, computer-parts manufacturer Intellisense, located in Glendale, California, instructed workers to take their children out of school and bring them to work. Though the children's tiny fingers were uniquely suited for soldering computer chips, the state soon intervened, and the children were forced to go back to school.
- Art Schlope's Mattress Academy's Isn't It Time You Bought a New Mattress Day? (formerly Wednesday): In an attempt to drum up business on a traditionally slow weekday, owner Art Schlope, of Art Schlope's Mattress Academy, petitioned the city council of Utica, New York, to allow him to sponsor Wednesday. The residents of Utica initially answered, "Yes, it is time we bought new mattresses," but soon realized that buying a new mattress once a week was neither practical nor necessary. Schlope soon overthrew the city council, and no one has had any contact with Utica since 1997, though radio chatter suggests that the residents are alive, albeit heavily restricted in their movements.
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