February 6, 2013 |

Valentine's Day Dining

Billingsley's Prime Rib & Steakhouse

Billingsley's Prime Rib & Steakhouse, established by the family of "Leave It To Beaver" Mom herself, Barbara Billingsley, is the place for down home, old fashioned lick-your-fingers American food that is dog gone good. Since they opened the doors to the wood-paneled dining room with cozy red booths and walls dripping with American memorabilia from Elvis to the Moon landing, Billingsley’s has become a West Los Angeles classic. This Valentine’s day Billingsley’s is featuring their “ Three Course Steak and Lobster Dinner” which includes choice of soup or salad, potato, rice or vegetables and a special heart shaped chocolate mousse cake for only 35.00 per person.

Home cooking here includes daily early bird specials (4:30 to 6:30) the likes of country pot roast, prime rib, breaded pork chops and barbeque ribs. Reminiscent mostly of days gone by, these meals are "all included," with choice of fresh soup of the day or a green salad with good 'ol iceberg lettuce, croutons made from the house's own garlic toast drenched with butter and the signature Green Goddess Dressing. The bread hits the table almost as soon as you can sit at it, the service is polite and refreshingly polished and the coffee only comes in two varieties, regular and decaf. This meaty menu is balanced by a wide selection of chicken, entrée salads, pastas and fish dishes from lobster at market price to traditional fish 'n chips or fried shrimp. For the lighter appetite, there is a selection of old school appetizers including nachos, fried calamari, potato skins, stuffed mushrooms and shrimp cocktail and a thorough sandwich and burger menu. The dessert "tray" features treats such as fresh carrot cake with a uniquely light buttercream frosting, but for the upcoming day of the heart, consider their signature strawberry shortcake for two.

Billingsleys

11326 W. Pico , LA.

(310) 477-1426

King's Kabob - All "Greek" for Taste

If you're driving west on Sawtelle off Sepulveda, don't blink, otherwise you might miss this cute, take-out window cafe, stocked with some of the most authentic Greek food to be found.

The Spanakopita (spinach and cheese pie) is reason enough to visit, with the requisite lightly layered crust as thin as air and melts in your mouth. The kabobs - chicken, beef, lamb and kafta (a mixture of ground beef and spices) are grilled fresh before your eyes, which you can close if you like and listen to the meat spit and sizzle while breathing in the Mediterranean aromas of fresh onion, parsley and spices. Most entrees are served with rice, fresh hummus, cucumber yogurt and warm pita bread. The falafel is just right and the cucumber salad is diced and drizzled in oil and spices to perfection.

Indulge in some traditional baklava, if you dare to endure the richness.

Go Greek at King's Kabob and you are sure to go Greek again as this healthy, flavor-rich fare is sure to become a favorite. Be sure to try their complete breakfast plates served all day Monday- Sunday.

King's Kabob

5500 Sawtelle Blvd., Culver City

(Just W. of SW Corner of Sawtelle & Sepulveda)

(310) 390-1599

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Dinah’s Sweetheart Deal

Few reside in Culver City or its neighboring towns who don't know that the friendly atmosphere, ample menu, generous portions and family prices of traditional East coast diners can be found right here in Southern California at Dinah's. Wait to be seated at a cozy vintage booth and choose from a menu featuring everything from omelets to tacos to triple-decker sandwiches to prime rib...and don't forget their signature finger-lickin' fried chicken. Pay at the door with a smile and a nod and never walk away hungry. Conveniently located on Sepulveda just above the Fox Hills Mall and just below The Bridge Marketplace at Howard Hughes Center, Dinah's is the perfect place to take a lunch break during or kick back at the end of a day of a bustling day in Culver-Westchester-Marina.

Dinah's offer a February 14th "Sweetheart" deal on Shrimp Scampi for two or Lamb Chops which include choice of potato, fresh vegetables and soup or salad for only $38.99 per couple. Either dinner includes beverage and cheesecake.

Dinah's

6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA

(S. of Jefferson)

(310) 645-0456

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach

Invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with traditional Italian cuisine

If you’re looking for romance this Valentine’s Day, Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant in Playa del Rey is the place to be. Cantalini’s takes great pride in offering delicious home-style Italian cuisine served by a friendly staff in a warm and romantic ambiance. A variety of tantalizing chef’s specials are offered including grilled rosemary lamb chops with handmade butternut squash ravioli, a seafood risotto with tiger prawns, scallops, Manila clams and New Zealand mussels, striped sea bass with lemon and garlic served with pasta, handmade lobster ravioli and our signature filet mignon with pink peppercorns. Specialty desserts like chocolate dipped cannoli or a heart shaped truffle made with gelato and fresh fruit sorbet are sure to satisfy a variety of palates. An impressive selection of fine wines and champagne is available by the bottle or glass, tailored to any budget.

Valentine’s Day dinner will be served from 4-10 p.m. Beat the crowd by dining from 4-6 p.m. with our all-inclusive “Twilight Special” at $39.99 per couple. This special menu includes a glass of champagne or house wine, freshly baked bread, salad, pasta, dessert and coffee - now that’s amore! Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cantalini’s – great food, great service and a rose for your Valentine!

Cantalini’s is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and open for dinner 7 days a week.

Lunch, dinner, dine-in, take-out, delivery, and private catering for all events are available.

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant

is at 193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey.

For more Information and reservations, (310) 821-0018, or at WWW.CANTALINIS.COM.

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