Count 'em on two hands. You have just seven Thursdays left this summer.
Count 'em on one hand: four easy steps for the perfect Thursday night staycation.
1. Meet your extroverted and Vitamin D-loving friends at Del Frisco’s Grille, the airy new eatery lording over the corner of Ocean and Colorado. Call time: 6p.
2. Enjoy the rest of the daylight on their brand new patio (you’ll wonder what its former incarnation, Il Fornaio, did without it).
Get on island time with a summery Tennessee Peach (Jack Daniel's, peaches, local honey, lime juice) while you snack on ahi tacos with sushi-grade tuna, cheesesteak eggrolls (together at last), and pork medallions with kimchee slaw and chili paste.
3. Head over to Twilight Concerts at the Pier, free shows on the beach that draw up to 20,000 due to bookings like last year’s Best Coast. This year, you can still catch Nick Waterhouse, English Beat, and Jimmy Cliff.
4. Head back to Del Frisco’s for their mound of coconut cream pie with white chocolate shavings.
For best results, repeat each week for seven perfect staycations.
Thursday nights thru September 12
Santa Monica Pier
Del Frisco’s Grille
1551 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
Price: 3 (out of 4) Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet or garage
Scene: Tourists, locals, health-conscious
Hot seat: On the 12-seat “bar” patio
Best bets: Ahi tacos; pork medallions; Morning After
Nearby: 41 Ocean; Shangri-La; Chez Jay