Canele in Atwater Village has a fantastic $24 set menu Tuesday through Thursday for dinner that shifts by the season. There's no choice, but you know in advance what the menu will be--and as long as you're into what they're serving that night, it's excellent and one of the best values in town.
I believe Bashan has a mid-week prix fixe as well ($40 or $45?), and I think Shiro has something on Wednesday nights. All of these represent a chance to try higher-end places at much more reasonable prices than their standard a la carte menus.
Does anyone know of other great (mid-week or otherwise) deals at better restaurants? I'm trying to expand my horizons without bankruptcy!
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