Eat Like it’s 2013, Party Like it’s 1776

Ten places to pig out this July 4


America is throwing a birthday party this Thursday, and you’re invited. While you take the day off work to celebrate the red, white, and blue, plenty of L.A. restaurants are keeping their doors open so you don’t have to worry about burning any burgers or running out of watermelon. Start the holiday off with an Independence Day brunch, grab some drinks later on, catch a fireworks show, and recover the next morning with an all-American hangover breakfast. L.A. certainly does know how to throw a party.

☼ Brunch: Gather your strength for a day of celebrating

Bottomless Brunch at Zengo Santa Monica – 7/4
Start your Independence Day right with a pre-fireworks bottomless brunch at Zengo Santa Monica, which will feature a DJ and free-flowing cocktails. For $35, enjoy brunch dishes like a steak benedict, kaffir chilaquiles, and more. Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and there is a two-hour time limit per table. Reservations are recommended. More information.

Red, White & Brunch at Tortilla Republic – 7/4-7/7
Tortilla Republic is celebrating the red, white, and blue with a special brunch menu featuring bottomless mimosas, a “freedom-rita” cocktail, and contemporary Mexican brunch dishes. But the partying doesn’t stop when the fireworks are over. The “four days of fourth” extended brunch will continue until July 7. More information.

☺ Happy Hour: Let the drinking commence

July 4 Beer Specials at Golden Road Brewing – 7/4
To celebrate the 4th, Golden Road Brewing is offering a limited-edition mixed case of all their canned brews. The $50 case includes four-packs of each Golden Road-brand beer, so you’ll have plenty to share during your night of July 4 festivities. More information.

10th Anniversary Kickoff at Lazy Dog – 7/4
Celebrate two birthdays at once this July 4 as Lazy Dog launches its 10th Anniversary menu specials. To complement throwback menu items such as scrappy snacks and Hawaiian sticky ribs, Lazy Dog will offer a celebratory Belgian blonde ale and a “naughty Maggie” margarita. More information.

Independence Day Celebration at Tony’s Darts Away – 7/4
In honor of July 4, Tony’s Darts Away will feature a “Red Hot & Brew” sausage and beer special, in addition to other discounted beers and snacks. A special $4 menu includes 10 different beers as well as festive grub such as a red, white & blue potato salad and a classic barbecue sandwich. More information.

Dinner: It’s not July 4 without BBQ and fireworks

Independence Day Fireworks Display at Café Del Rey – 7/4
Relax this July 4 with an indoor barbecue at Marina Del Rey’s Café Del Rey. The seaside restaurant will offer an Americana-inspired three-course meal for $40, including dishes such as chicken wings and barbecued beef short ribs. Finish off with homemade watermelon sorbet. Of course, no July 4 is complete without fireworks, and the Marina’s famed display will be in perfect view from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. More information.

Take Out at the Larder at Tavern and the Larder at Burton Way – 7/4
Enjoy a hassle-free meal this 4th with take out from the Larder. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have created a to-go menu to honor the holiday, featuring grill-ready burgers complete with toppings, traditional side dishes, and an array of desserts. Twenty-four hours notice is required for most orders. Free local delivery is available for orders of $100 or more. More information.

The morning after: Time to recover

Recovery Brunch at Susan Feniger’s STREET – 7/5
After a day-long birthday party for America, head over to Susan Feniger’s STREET for an all-you-can-eat hangover brunch. Beginning at noon, ease your morning-after headache with unlimited tamale benedicts, macadamia nut French toast bites, and more. Need some hair of the dog? For an additional $15, guests can sip on bottomless sparkling cocktails. More information.

Weekend parties: Because America deserves more than one day of celebrating

July 4 Weekend Party at Mohawk Bend – 7/4-7/7
The folks over at Mohawk Bend are sporting their stars and stripes all weekend long with vegan and non-vegan barbecue specials, bloody marys, and a “red, white & brew” beer flight. Sip on patriotic drinks like the Liberty Pale Ale and the Bomb Pop Float, and feast on classic American dishes like the hickory smoked spare ribs. In addition to the restaurant’s regular weekend breakfast service, Mohawk Bend will serve a recovery breakfast on July 5. More information.

July 4 Weekend at the Hudson – 6/4-6/7
Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long at the Hudson. The restaurant’s $14 home-style barbecue menu includes smoky bacon baked beans, grilled corn on the cob, fresh watermelon, and your choice of Jidori barbecued chicken or pulled short ribs. Wash your meal down with holiday-inspired sweet tea vodka lemonades, or try one of the Hudson’s various craft microbrews. More information.

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