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LA Restaurant Week offers deals for foodies

Stacey Sun, director of dineLA, takes in a meal at Industriel, a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, during Restaurant Week on Monday, July 23, 2012.

July 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Foodies can enjoy some of Los Angeles' best restaurants at bargain prices, give a boost to the local economy and leave the driving to Metro during dineLA's Restaurant Week.

Though July 27, participating restaurants - more than 250 of them - will serve lunches for $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $25, $35 or around $45, excluding tax and gratuity.

Restaurants pay a fee to enjoy the wealth of promotion in hopes of bringing in new customers.

"They see this as a huge opportunity to bring in new customers," said Stacey Sun, director of dineLA.

"I think it was like $750, but it's like such a nominal fee compared to the outreach that you get," said Joseph Antonishek of Industriel in downtown L.A., which will serve an appetizer, entrée and dessert for lunch for 20 bucks.

Sun would not to elaborate the return on investment, but calculations from the last dineLA estimate a roughly $8 million boost to L.A.'s economy, spanning Malibu to Long Beach and Santa Monica to Pasadena.

Metro partnered with dineLA to help diners save money, burn calories and boost L.A.'s economy all in one shot, along with exploring new areas and establishments.

"We're trying to encourage people to take Metro to dineLA because they have so many great restaurants all across L.A. County," said Anna Chen, a Metro spokeswoman.

Metro has six rail lines, including the new Expo line at Culver City, with many restaurants just a few blocks away from its stations. A roundtrip pass on Metro is just $3. That also means no wear-and-tear on your car, pricey gasoline or ridiculous valet or parking fees.

Find more details, participating restaurants and reserve a table at dinela.com.