Throwing a Fourth of July backyard BBQ is a fun way to spend the holiday, but sometimes it's nice to sit back and have someone else worry about the cooking. Here's a list of restaurants around town offering special Fourth of July cocktails, menu items and discounts:
Rock & Reilly's Irish whisky bar is having a "Reilly's backyard BBQ" with brats and burgers on its backyard patio. The bar also came up with a Fourth of July cocktail called the "Miss American Pie" made with Old Shine Apple Pie, basil, cranberry juice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Pink Taco is serving its El Presidential Margarita made with Don Julio's 1942, fresh lime, raw agave nectar and a splash of Combier. Get a 2 for 1 margarita pitchers from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. at both the Sunset Strip and Century City locations.
Fuku Burger will offer a special Declaration Burger topped with mac & cheese and crispy onion rings. Wash it all down with a Fuku Firework (Sapporo with a shot of sake) or the Independence flight of Fuku's domestic beers.
Napa Valley Grille is celebrating with a patriotic happy hour from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4. The extended happy hour will be available at the bar and on the patio. It includes 50-cent sweet chile-glazed chicken wings, $2 PBRs and a $4 Firecracker cocktail.
Burger Lounge is offering grass-fed beef corn dogs with spicy mustard and organic ketchup ($5.95) or with onion rings and a Maine Root "Agave Pink Drink" ($10.95).
Cecconi's will celebrate the Fourth with its new seasonal pizza night featuring different pizzas from chef Andrea Cavaliere. The pizzas are inspired by what's fresh at the Santa Monica farmers market that morning.
STREET is serving a Backyard Barbecue for four that includes the Jamaican Gingerbrew chicken, a slider assortment of Yuzu Kosho burgers, black bean veggie burgers, fried chicken and Korean BBQ shortribs, a variety of sides (Malaysian baked beans, chilled soba noodle salad) and for dessert Mexican spiced dulce de leche double chocolate fudge and toasted coconut jello ($100 for the group, plus tax). The restaurant will also offer the world-flavor bento box with tastes of the Burmese melon salad, Japanese potato salad and more ($30, plus tax).
Moon Juice is offering some figure-friendly juices that you can drink on their own or with tequila or vodka for a cocktail. The new summer flavors include honeydew, cilantro and lime; cantaloupe and nectarine; watermelon, tomato and lime; and cucumber, pineapple and jalapeno ($9-12).
Magnolia Bakery is offering Fourth of July-decorated cupcakes ($3.50 each) and a variety of blueberry desserts, including the Blueberry Jamboree or classic Blueberry Pie (slice $4 to $4.50 and pie $24).
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below or fill us in on your plans for the holiday.
-- Jenn Harris
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