From the driving, to the parking, to the not knowing where to drive or park, dinner in LA is harder than it should be. That’s why we created Dinner Plan — your weekly three-step itinerary to a damn good time.

This week, it’s surfing in Venice and watching the Kentucky Derby. Here’s your plan.

  • Go Surf LA

    2030 Ocean Ave
    Next to Hotel Casa del Mar
    Meet in the lot near Lifeguard Tower 20
    (310) 428-9870
    $80

    Go Surf LA

    South swells are starting to break and it’s going to be in the 80s. Time to get wet. Not a surfer? Go Surf LA, helmed by surfing guru Peter Paris, has spent a decade in Santa Monica teaching novices how to pop and read the chops.

    Here’s your plan.

  • Willie Jane

    1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd
    b/t Broadway and Westminister
    (310) 392-2425

    Willie Jane

    After surfing, head to the verdant back porch at Willie Jane, the new resto from the Post & Beam guys. Their haute soul food has a Georgia low country flair, and this weekend they’ll have short ribs and mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby.

    Here’s your plan.

  • The Otheroom

    1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd
    Corner of San Juan
    (310) 396-6230

    The Otheroom

    A few blocks away, The Otheroom is home to beach bums, actors and lovers of valor-cloaked wrought-iron seats and craft beer. Windows open to the street, so you can watch the sun set to Fela Kuti. Careful: tread bevvies too long and you’ll find yourself in a scenester bloom.

    Here’s your plan.