Finding a great all-you-can-eat deal is like winning a prize at a carnival - the more money you spend, the bigger the prize. But if the game wasn't rigged to send away more losers than winners, it wouldn't be long before all the prizes were gone, and the carnival barker was out of a job. The trick to AYCE is to find the perfect balance between quality and price, i.e. finding a game perfectly suited to your taste and skill set. Here are 10 all-you-can-eat deals in LA that you should be able to beat, or at least have a great time trying.
In Barry Sonnenfeld’s fundamental LA tale, Get Shorty (1995), actor Martin Weir (played by Danny DeVito) orders off the menu at the storied celebrity sighting destination, the Ivy. At the time, the Food Network was only two years old, and ordering your meal like a Hollywood big shot seemed ultra-cool. Fast forward to 2013, and Los Angeles is teeming with restaurants offering secret menus and off-the-menu items for customers in the know. Here are some hearty insider eats to impress your friends, and you don’t even have to be Martin Weir to make it happen.