Financially strapped foodies: Start salivating. If you've stopped patronizing your fave restaurants because money's tight, here's a chance to scarf up premium caviar from Petrossian, fat oysters from the Water Grill, prime rib from Lawry's and curious offerings that critics like Jonathan Gold indulge in. Within the span of two weeks, top chefs from 297 of the city's best eateries are dishing up their finest fare at bargain prices during dineLA Restaurant Week. That means three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners (appetizer, main course and dessert) are offered for dollars off the usual prices. But which to choose? A Mark Peel epicurean delight from Campanile? Wolfgang Puck's palate pleasers from Spago? Susan Feniger's Street fare? Or maybe Govind Armstrong's Table 8 burger? There's no fussing with tickets or passes. Just view the participating restaurants on the site and make an online reservation or contact the restaurant yourself. Walk-ins be wary, because these places will be packed. Lunches $16, $22 or $28; dinners $26, $34 or $44.

Jan. 24-Feb. 4, 2011

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