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Recession Busters: Lunch at the Palm, 'Aperitif Time' at Drago Centro

April 9, 2009 |  4:24 pm

Drago Italian happy hour: Drago Centro introduces its own version of happy hour with "Aperitif Time," from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, when specially priced drinks and Italian bar food are on offer. Stella Artois and Boont Amber are $4 each; a Soave Classico and Monica are $6 a glass; signature cocktails Bella Rosemary (gin, apricot brandy, rosemary, almond syrup, lime) and Linea Verde (vodka, cucumber juice, lime, mint) are $7 each; and pizza Margherita, pizza with rosemary and potatoes, and arancini Siciliani are $7 to $8. What time is it? Aperitif Time. 525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, (213) 228-8998.

The power lunch, for less: Now that nobody's screaming "I'll get it!" anymore when the check comes at the end of a business meal, the less-than-$20 power lunch sounds like a good deal. The Palm restaurants offer a new Business Lunch menu, priced at $17 to $22 depending on location. It includes your choice of starter — mixed green salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day — and entree — twin tenderloin filets, blackened steak salad, chicken Parmigiana, fresh fish of the day, or a Palm burger, served with Palm’s signature cottage fries and fried onions. For dessert, New York-style cheesecake or Key lime pie. See www.thepalm.com for locations.

— Betty Hallock


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Photo: Drago Centro. Credit: Ricardo De Aratanha / Los Angeles Times