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Small plates: Restaurant tidbits [Updated]

July 17, 2010 |  6:24 pm
The Capital Grille
, an East Coast chain of steak restaurants, comes to Los Angeles on July 26 with a menu that includes lobster mac 'n' cheese, lobster and crab cakes, fried calamari with hot peppers, Kona crusted sirloin, citrus-glazed salmon and flourless chocolate espresso cake. In addition to the Grille’s traditional menu, it has a bar menu that includes chilled ginger shrimp, steak sandwich with mushrooms, Parmesan truffle fries and an “adults only” Arnold Palmer. 8614 Beverly Blvd.; (310) 358-0650; thecapitalgrille.com.

On Aug. 30, Seasons 52, a chain based in the South, is expected to open in Orange County. The menu is wide-ranging, including buffalo chili with corn cakes, chipotle shrimp flatbread, lemongrass salmon, caramelized sea scallops, and chocolate peanut butter mousse. Thirsty? Try their signature organic “Sunshine martini” infused with orange. 3333 Bristol Ave., Costa Mesa; (714) 437-5252; seasons52.com.

Buca di Beppo is celebrating Lasagna Day on July 29 by giving you a free slice when you order any pasta or entree. Stuffed with a homemade meat sauce, Buca lasagna also has a blend of ricotta, mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan cheese. Several locations; bucadibeppo.com.

-- Amanda Gottesman

Photo: Lasagna. Credit: Stefano Paltera

[Updated at 12 p.m., July 29: An earlier version of this post said that Season 52 was open the week of July 26.]