DineL.A. Summer Restaurant Week
DineL.A. comes but twice a year, and thankfully its warm-weather iteration, Summer Restaurant Week, is finally upon us (July 14–28) with discounted menus and specials from some of the best restaurants around. This year, we're looking forward to 14 days of some of the city's hippest sushi, some of L.A.'s most gorgeous plating, some of the hottest new restaurants and some of the freshest seafood in town—all from prix-fixe menus at low prices. Because dineL.A. knows it couldn't be summer without avocados, it's once again partnered with the California Avocado Commission, teaming up with chefs at restaurants for special avocado menus and recipes. Want to ball out? DineL.A. is also bringing back its popular Exclusive Series, where some of the city's top restaurants—including Spago, Providence and Baltaire—are serving up $95 menus. There are more than 300 restaurants participating this time around, and we scouted the best and most exciting deals to be found. If you're looking for a particular spot not on this list, or you simply feel like perusing, you can find the full list of Summer Restaurant Week menus here. (And for a very handy neighborhood breakdown of participating restaurants, step right this way.) RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in Los Angeles
The best ice cream in Los Angeles
Endless summers in Los Angeles mean non-stop cravings for the best ice cream in L.A. Not key lime pie, not jelly donuts—ice cream. When temperatures climb and the Santa Ana winds roll in, treat yourself to the city's tastiest frozen treats—there are plenty of options to choose from after a hike or even a sweaty yoga class. After all, what's the point of a great workout sesh if you don't indulge? RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the summer in Los Angeles
The best sushi restaurants in LA
Ask which city has the best sushi in the country, and any toro-loving sushi fiend will tell you: LA, duh. In Valley strip malls, Little Tokyo plazas and swanky Beverly Hills restaurants, you'll find some of the freshest fish in town, perfected by sushi chefs who have practiced their craft for years. This isn't a cheap indulgence, though there are some affordable options around the city (it's hard to beat Sushi Gen's $17 lunch special). Still, exploring these Japanese restaurants and sushi bars is a worthwhile splurge. For the best cuts of mackerel, fatty tuna, salmon and more, check out our favorite sushi restaurants in Los Angeles.
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The best soft-serve ice cream in L.A.
Los Angeles is a city with a lovely climate year-round, which is pretty ideal in and of itself, but also means that it's almost always ice cream weather. And while the dense, scooped kind often hits the spot, there's something nostalgic and perfectly summery (even in November) about a swirl of soft-serve fresh from the machine. Luckily, the old-school ice cream treat is having a bit of a renaissance in L.A. these days, with hip new shops offering soft-serve in exciting new flavors (and colors). Take a look at the top soft-serve ice cream shops in town, guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.