Garten Variety

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 three-step itinerary to a damn good time.

This week: biergartens and pasta. Here’s your plan.

Heel and Toe

Because you’re walking the historic streets of Old Town Pasadena, you’ll want some sturdy kicks. But don’t sacrifice style. Grab a pair of Danite Trench Boots, a recent collaboration between Oak Street and Gramercy York (available at the latter). Goodyear welt construction and Chromexcel leather — these bad boys will last a while.  


Romance, thy name is biergarten. The newly opened PICNIKfrom the Corazon y Miel guys, is a fancy brew haven serving fancified suds like Pliny the Elder, plus a variety of gourmet links, lamb and leeks. Enjoy it all with pickled veggies and French-Vietnamese-style baguettes on the fire-lit patio.


For dinner, walk a few blocks to UNION. This opened-yesterday bistro from Knife Fight winner Bruce Kalman is plating Northern Italian fare like spelt cavatelli and pesto di rucola with pecorino.