There's more to the Fourth of July than fireworks. Here's a slew of holiday happenings to keep the drinks, barbecue and patriotism flowing:
Café del Rey dinner and fireworks: Café del Rey will be serving an Americana-inspired three-course prix fixe dinner for $40 per person. The menu includes chicken wings; spinach salad with avocado, strawberries, candied walnuts and goat cheese; barbecued short ribs, chicken or salmon with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and coleslaw; and watermelon sorbet. With the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows, diners will be able to watch the fireworks display over the marina. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395.
"Red, White and Brunch": To celebrate Independence Day, Tortilla Republic will extend brunch hours: Thursday, July 4, to Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch menu features huevos divorciados with poached eggs, tomatillo sauce, bacon, beans, tortilla strips and queso fresco; seared ahi and sweet potato hash with wilted greens and poached eggs; and fresh corn and blueberry pancakes. Brunch includes bottomless mimosas, prickly pear bellini and, this week only, a Freedom-rita. 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 657-9888.
Mohawk Bend BBQ and Booze: For the whole weekend, Mohawk Bend will be serving vegan and non-vegan barbecue specials, such as barbecue chicken pizza sliders, pulled chickpea sandwiches and hickory smoked spare ribs. Drink specials include $6 cocktails and a $10 "Red, White & Brew Liberty Beer Flight" of Mermaid's Red from Coronado, Telegraph White Ale from Telegraph, Blue House Pale from El Segundo and Liberty Pale Ale from Anchor. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 483-2337.
BBQ/picnic DIY: Entertaining will be a breeze this Fourth of July with Daily Grill’s Barbeque Bags and Picnic Bags. For $30 per person, each Barbeque Bag includes all of the makings and detailed instructions for potato salad with a balsamic vinaigrette; spring vegetable skewers with balsamic glaze; corn on the cob and compound butter; a choice of a seasoned and marinated skirt steak or a citrus salmon filet; artichoke and roasted red pepper aioli; and key lime pie with raspberry sauce and whipped cream. The Picnic Bags include all picnic necessities and either a Santa Fe chicken wrap or ahi tuna wrap with gazpacho soup, a wedge salad and carrot cake for $22.95 per person, or cold poached salmon, cucumber dill salad, grilled vegetables and strawberries and cream for $29.95 per person. Call and place an order at least 24 hours in advance, pick up your bag at any one of the Daily Grill locations. 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (310) 442-0044. 612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 622-4500. 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 769-6336. 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, (818) 840-6464. 2501 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 309-2170. 5410 W. Century Blvd., (310) 665-0149.
The Hudson BBQ: The Hudson will be offering a barbecue special from Thursday to Sunday. For $14, you can have your choice of either Jidori barbecue chicken or barbecue pulled short ribs served with smoked bacon baked beans, butter grilled corn on the cob and watermelon. The drink special, sweet tea vodka lemonade, will be $8. 1114 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 654-6686.
Napa Valley Grille happy hour: On Thursday, the Napa Valley Grille will extend happy hour from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. In addition to its usual small plates and cocktails, there will also be all-day specials such as 50-cent chicken wings, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon and the Firecracker, a layered red, white and blue cocktail, for $4. 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 824-3322.
"Red Hot & Brew": Tony’s Darts Away is featuring a Louisiana sausage (or spicy vegan sausage) with corn and pepper relish, and a half pint of Golden Road beer for $7.40. All other specials are $4, including its barbecue sandwich, Cajun fries, strawberry shortcake and a long list of beers. 1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, (818) 253-1710.
Rock and Reilly’s Backyard BBQ: Rock and Reilly’s will be rolling out its specials all day long -- $12 Patriot Burgers, $10 Uncle Sam Sliders, $5 Freedom Fries, $3 Dodger Dogs, $3 Budweiser and 25-cent corn dogs. 8911 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, (310) 360-1400.
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