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Recession Busters: Free burritos and $5 lunches

March 16, 2009 |  5:36 pm

TheparkMonday brings two new recession-friendly items to Daily Dish HQ:

Echo Park's cozy neighborhood favorite the Park is celebrating it's first anniversary by serving $5 lunches from Tuesday the 17th through Friday the 20th. That means any sandwich and regular side from the restaurant's recently launched lunch menu. Chef Joshua Siegel's low-key restaurant is also launching $5-burger Wednesdays, beginning this week, when ground beef or veggie burgers go for a Lincoln.

The Park, 1400 Sunset Blvd., L.A. (213) 482-9209. www.thepark1400sunset.com.

The Mexican chain Chipotle celebrates the opening of its new Westlake Village location by rolling free burritos from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all comers on Thursday the 19th. We can only imagine that lines will form for this one. But if you've got some time, there's really no arguing with a free burrito. Perhaps Chipotle was inspired to this act of media-savvy largess by the smashing success of Denny's, which gave away nearly 2 million free Grand Slam breakfasts shortly after the Super Bowl.   

Chipotle, 5754 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. (818) 597-1603. www.chipotle.com.

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— Jessica Gelt

Photo: The patio at the Park Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times