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Recession Busters: Happy hour week, free kids meals and March bargains

March 19, 2009 |  1:31 pm

Lagrandeorange Hot, fresh deals for your files:

La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena is now offering free kids meals (to children only) before 6 p.m., seven days a week. Offerings include grilled cheese, mac 'n' cheese, fish platters and peanut butter and jelly rolls, all served with a side of fresh, organic veggies. More impressive, the same holds true for weekend brunch, when the above offerings are expanded to include Belgian waffles, pancakes and bacon and eggs. Note to self: You are not considered a kid just because you feel like one. 260 Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-4444. www.lgostationcafe.com.

Put yourself on advance notice: Happy Hour Week debuts in Orange County on April 12. Produced by the Orange County Restaurant Assn., it features many of the OC's favorite restaurants and bars, all of which will offer special happy hour deals promoting their best appetizers and drinks for an entire week. For participating establishments and further information, go to www.happyhourweek.com. I feel happy just thinking about it.

Because Restaurant Week worked out so well for Beacon, the Asian cafe will continue offering three-course prix-fixe meals for $28 every day except Saturday (through the end of March). On Saturdays, it has launched a new three-course lunch menu for $12.95; offerings include brunch-y items such as scrambled eggs, Portuguese sausage and pancakes. 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City. (310) 838-7500. www.beacon-la.com.

Two little bites: Beginning April 1, Maggiano's Little Italy at the Grove will offer free lunchtime valet service from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 189 The Grove Drive Z80, L.A. (323) 965-9665.

We already wrote about it, but the day is finally here, today through 11 p.m., Luckyfish is offering all items on its conveyor belt for $1. Expect a patience-testing line. 338 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 274-9800. www.luckyfishsushi.com

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-- Jessica Gelt

The dining room at La Grande Orange Cafe by Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times.