Sunday dinners can be sacred family traditions. When going out, it's a nice break from the Friday/Saturday restaurant chaos, yet not a weekday when going out to eat presents an entirely different dynamic. Whether you are looking for a family spot, place for a date or a group meal, this Best Sunday Dinners list offers something for everyone.
8720 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069-2206
Located on the Sunset Strip in the former Le Dome space, BLT Steak is LA's branch of the BLT empire. Sunday is Family Dinner Night and children (14 and under) enjoy 50% off all regular menu items and Black Board specials. Their famous, complimentary popovers are a fun way to start off your meal. Kid-friendly dishes include Black Angus Hamburger, Lemon-Rosemary Chicken, Smashed Fingerling Potatoes and Onion Rings. For dessert, BLT's Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse is a cross-generational favorite. If you have really young kids, I suggest going early in the evening when things are slower. They have plenty of kid friendly booths that allow for some extra squirminess. For a pricey restaurant, this is a great way for the adults to get in a great meal and bring along the kids without destroying the family's "meals out" budget. Reservations recommended.
8474 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Lucques has been rated one of LA's top restaurants for years. Their menu changes frequently but entrees generally are in the $25-$50 range. Take a look at their online menu and if it intrigues you, consider starting your relationship with Lucques via their famous Sunday Supper. This is a three course prix fixe menu for $45 which includes a starter, choice of two entrees and dessert. The menu is posted online on Thursday for the following Sunday. Reservations are strongly recommended.
321 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
Several locations throughout Southern California
Roy's is all about Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, bringing Asian cuisine, European techniques and Hawaiian hospitality together in a delicious combination. Roy's is currently serving a Spring Prix Fixe Menu for $35.95 featuring a choice from three appetizers, four entrees and two desserts. Chefs from across the Roy's empire contributed the dishes for this menu making it an amazing opportunity for a really great price. With a wide variety of seafood, chicken and beef, there is sure to be something for everyone. Roy's is especially known to be kid friendly. In fact, it's perfect for date night or a family celebration. Reservations recommended.
1206 W. Holt Blvd.
Ontario, CA 91762
Ask any Italian American about "Sunday Spaghetti Dinner" and you'll get a knowing nod. The tradition exists all over the country in the form of spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs. But, when it comes to sauce, you may get some debate as to exactly what it is properly called: "Gravy", "Tomato Gravy", "Sunday Gravy" or just spaghetti sauce. Just don't let the word "gravy" confuse you. Join the Italian tradition and head on over to Ontario to Vince's Spaghetti, owned by the Cuccia family, which has been going strong since 1945. This restaurant has a large following spanning the generations. They are only open until 9pm and only serve alcohol with food making it extremely family friendly. The family also owns two other Vince's, in Temecula and Rancho Cucamonga.
Wat Thai Buddhist Temple
8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91605
This isn't exactly a Sunday Dinner, simply because they run out of food before dinner time! However, this is a fun, unique experience that everyone should check out at least once. The Wat Thai weekend food event is such a long running tradition, it seems to be on many locals' bucket lists. Each weekend, Wat Thai Buddhist Temple sets up their famous food stalls and entices Thai food lovers with an amazing selection of fresh mango sticky rice, kabobs, soups, green papaya salad and noodles, all for an amazingly inexpensive price. The passing of money on temple grounds is forbidden so look for the ticket booths at the gate entrance where you buy food tickets to exchange with the vendors. While on the grounds, be mindful that you are at a Buddhist temple, which is usually open - feel free to visit, just be sure to take off your shoes before entering. You will likely see the monks about in their bright orange robes. Children are very much welcomed and can be seen playing on the grounds. Parking is tight so you will most likely have to look for a space in the neighborhood. Hot tip is to get there more within "brunch hours" and then, hey, hit one of the other places on the list for your Sunday Dinner!
When Elizabeth Peterson isn't dreaming about her next meal, she can be found giving her opinion on lots of things over on her personal blog, Traded My BMW For a Minivan.
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