New Happy Hours, an IPA Festival & other Tasty News Bites

February 27, 2018 by Christina Champlin

It might be cold and rainy outside but the happenings this week are coming in hot!

Today is National Pancake Day and IHOP will once again be giving away one free short stack to every guests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


There are also new happy hours to try and a handful of food festivals that range from sweets to Japanese-specific. If you love beer, keep in mind there’s an IPA Festival going down at Mohawk Bend this weekend with 60 beers on tap, all from the Golden State.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

Howlin’ Rays Photo: Michael Saechang/Flickr

L.A. Resturants that Made Yelp’s 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.

Yelp recently released their Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. list with over 35 restaurants in California and 11 in the L.A. County on the list. The data science team from Yelp calculated the list by factoring in both ratings and the total number of reviews. See who made the list in L.A. here.

That #cheesepull never gets old. Pesto perfection.

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New Happy Hour Alert

Hayden in Culver City just launched a Golden Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, featuring $1.50 oysters, $6 aperitivo, and select $8 wines, and $3 beers.

Deep dish pizza spot Blackbird Pizza Shop, offers daily happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. and all day Monday. Diners can enjoy a personal deep dish pie and a PBR Tall Boy can for just $12 and $2 off local draft beer, $1 off 40+ craft beer cans, and $5 select wines by the glass.

Cocktail bar Sam First rolled out a new happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $8 Old Fashioned, $8 margaritas, $10 shot & a beer, and $6 house wines.

Union in Pasadena Turns Four

On March 14, Bruce Kalman and Marie Petulla’s critically acclaimed Northern Italian restaurant UNION turns four. The “Farm & Field” dinner will highlight the purveyors and patrons that have been there since day one. The evening will feature a four-course dinner created by Chef Kalman, which will feature
Pasadena’s local miller, Grist & Toll; sustainable butchery from Flannery Beef and seafood from his Dock to Dish program; Pomona’s favorite cheese mongers, DiStefano Cheese and Tehachapi’s very own family owned and operated Weiser Family Farms. Dinner takes place at 6 p.m. and the meal cost $175 with wine pairing per person.


Baldoria Launches a Month Pizza Making Class and New Beer Special

Starting on March 6, Baldoria will launch Tart N’ Tasty Tuesdays where diners get 30% off all sour beers on the menu. There will also be a suggested sour beer and food pairing each week. In addition, the Little Tokyo eatery will host monthly pizza making classes starting Sunday, March 11 and offered every second Sunday every month at 6 p.m. for $30 per person. Guests will make their very own pizza and receive a complimentary glass of beer or wine.

Italian Wine Dinner at Officine BRERA

Officine BRERA will be hosting an “Uncorked Italy” wine dinner on Tuesday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. where the Factory Place Hospitality Group’s sommelier, Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi will guide guests through 13 tastings, followed by a four-course dinner with pairings. Guests will dine on off-menu dishes such as Pisarei Delle a duckling sugo, a Carnaroli Risotto Mantecato with a spit roasted California quail and chestnut semifreddo. The event cost $145 per person and reservations can be made online from now until Wednesday, March 7.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday February 27th, 2018

It’s National Pancake Day this Tuesday and IHOP will give away one free short stack to every guests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while raising money for local children’s hospital and health organizations for every stack served.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 will host specially priced prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants. From February 25 through March 3, dozens of Long Beach restaurants will offer two-course brunch and lunch menus for $10, 15, or $20 per person, and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person.

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday February 28th, 2018

The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee with a money prize, bee-themed prizes and guaranteed slurring if you choose to participate.

Take a Gin Crafting Class at Greenbar Distillery this Wednesday. Taste a flight of six gins while learning about the history, then guests will learn how to craft their own gin while enjoying gin cocktails.

Been thinking about giving back to the community? Checkout Burrito Project L.A. a meet-up that preps burritos to be delivered to folks in need. They’ll be prepping this Wednesday.

Taste of Grand Central Market is a 1.5 hour guided food tour of the historic open air food hall. Your guide will help you navigate the dozens of stalls while sampling from vendors both old and new. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Wednesday for Beer, Bingo, & Trivia Night.

Thursday March 1st, 2018

The Planned Parenthood Food Fare is an annual food event featuring samples and demonstrations by L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants. This annual event began in 1979 with Julia Childs and has since become one of the most popular food events in Los Angeles.

Chinatown After Dark going down at Far East Plaza happens every first Thursday of the month and is a testing ground for chefs in our city as well as a place to enjoy local music.

Friday March 2nd, 2018

The first annual Food Book Fair, headquartered at the Ace Hotel, hits Downtown Los Angeles March 2-4 for a delicious weekend of events for foodies and food publishing.

The Japanese Food Festival takes over the InterContinental in Downtown for two days (March 2-3) of food, sake, and travel exhibitions from over 50 participants.

Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Saturday March 3rd, 2018

Treat Yourself LA, a new food festival, will takeover the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, with all-you-can-eat samples of Southern California’s most drool-worthy treats, both savory and sweet. You can savor hot fried chicken, crispy waffles on a stick, the meltiest grilled cheese sandwich and more. Participating restaurants include The Pie Hole, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Cheezus, Ridges Churro Bar, Rollin’ Creamery and many more.


The 5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival returns to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park on March 3-4 tapping 60 IPAs this weekend, all made by Golden State breweries.

Pasadena’s beautiful Storrier Stearns Garden is hosting A Taste of Japan dinner and fundraiser where guests will sample delicious treats from various food and drink stations. Savor Okonomi-yaki provided by Otafuku Foods,  Japanese dishes from The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, and creative onigiri will be available.  Whiskies by Beam Suntory, different local sakes and Nigori Sake Sayuri by Hakutsuru Sake of America Inc., and iced Japanese teas will also be on hand.

NoMad Los Angeles just launched brunch in the Lobby restaurant. The new menu from Daniel Humm and executive chef Chris Flint offers a breakfast Burrito with suckling pig, Avocado Toast as well as baked goods from executive pastry chef Mark Welker. If you love a good Bloody Mary NoMad has variations from bar director Leo Robitschek that includes the Bloody Bull with tomato, veal jus, lemon & horseradish; and the Sherry with amontillado sherry, tomato, beets & hot peppers. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sunday March 4th, 2018

The Tongo Hut in North Hollywood is hosting the ultimate tiki party in honor of an amazing 60 years in service! From 2 to 10 p.m., Mai Tai-lovers will have a chance to celebrate with live music, drinks and shopping. Highlights include Tonga Tom spinning tunes outside, Durango’s Tacos, an art show, and a chance to create art based on a Tikiyaki song. Entrance to the event is free, but drinks and food are available for purchase.

The second annual Sweet Experience Expo returns to the South Bay with a dessert and pastry expo featuring hundreds of local dessert and pastry chefs showcasing their offerings and serving up samples.