It's a good week for birthdays -- the birthdays of Westside burger joint Plan Check, Little Tokyo ramen temple Daikokuya and downtown's Varnish bar -- all of which are celebrating by offering free or discounted food or drink.
Today only guests who visit Plan Check in West L.A. will receive one of chef Ernesto Uchimura's free crullers in honor of the restaurant's first birthday.
1800 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 288-6500, www.plancheckbar.com.
Little Tokyo's Daikokuya is 11 years old today. To celebrate, bowls of its Daikoku ramen (tonkotsu style pork bone broth, roast pork slices, boiled egg, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and green onions) are $5 each (regularly $8.95), from now until end of day Friday.
327 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, (213) 626-1680, www.dkramen.com.
And on Sunday, downtown cocktail den Varnish is giving away complimentary Bols Genever punch and shots of Amaro Ramazzotti from 7 to 9 p.m. for its four-year anniversary.