One of our favorite upscale Vietnamese restaurants, Phans55 in Irvine, is offering a $40-Wine Week dinner starting with a roll sampler plate with a small glass of Pinot Grigio, Barone Fini, Italy; and then a bowl of PHO with top round or chicken with a small glass of Rose, Simi Winery, Sonoma.
The entrée choices include prawn garlic noodle with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, Nobile Icon, Marlborough, N.Z.; a shaken beef filet with a glass of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Ore., '06; or braised short rib with a glass of Cabernet, Dollarhide Ranch St Supery, Napa, '02. Finish with a macaroon and small glass of Hogue, Late Harvest Riesling, Washington.
Phans55 Irvine is at 6000 Scholarship Drive. For more information, call (949) 724-1236.
In Laguna Beach, Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort is serving a $50-Beer Week dinner from Oct. 2 through Oct. 8. Choose from one starter, an heirloom tomato and Gorgonzola with Mama's Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues Brewery; or a BBQ octopus with white beans, plums paired with Levitation Ale, Stone Brewery; or a Cajun shrimp with sweet corn paired with Hefe-Weizen, Paulaner Munchen.