If there's one thing the Republicans taught you during this last presidential election, it's that math is mostly for warlocks. And unicorns. And also anyone who wants to calculate the five actually-mathematically-determined best deals out've the dozens and dozens offered during dineLA Restaurant week. To wit
Piccolo (5 Dudley Ave; Venice; 310.560.3594) How much it usually costs: $127 How much it costs during dineLA: $45 What you'll get: Save $82 on five courses of high-end Italian like braised rabbit ragu garganelli and kale-wrapped Mediterranean monkfish. Testify! Your $82 should go to almost two more of these dinners, seriously
Abigaile (1301 Manhattan Ave; Hermosa Beach; 310.798.8227) How much it usually costs: $60.50+ How much it costs during dineLA: $45 What you'll get: This South Bay bistro's serving up a five-courser that'll let you choose from the likes of salt 'n pepper prawns w/ X.O. sauce and a pig "poptart" w/ bacon and pork confit. There's also a duck French dip and like, 50 other options
Gyu-Kaku (Multiple locations) How much it usually costs: $71.65 How much it costs during dineLA: $35 What you'll get: In addition to an app like spicy tuna volcano or fried calamari, this DIY Japanese steakhouse gives you SIX BBQ items, including filet mignon and Smush Parker-style Kobe-style short rib. What're the other four? Find out here.
Nick and Stef's (330 S Hope; Downtown; 213.680.0330) How much it usually costs: $56 How much it costs during dineLA: $35 What you'll get: An app, dessert, and entree for essentially the normal cost of a steak, which, bee tee dubs, is one of the entree options -- a chateau sirloin w/ potato puree. What're the other options? You'll never know... unless...
Father's Office (3229 Helms; Culver City; 310.736.2224) How much it usually costs: $36 How much it costs during dineLA: $25 What you'll get: Full disclosure, this isn't one of the best deals. But it is Father's Office, so who the hell cares? This triple-courser won't include the crazy-acclaimed gastropub's famous burger, which means you'll branch out to try two new food courses (think: pork rinds with mole salt, or pork porterhouse w/ mustard jus), and one liquid course (think: beer, or... beer). Do it! Do it! Do it!