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National Margarita Day, a New Pinball Bar, Legit Noodles & other Tasty News Bites

February 20, 2018 by Christina Champlin

It’s been a busy week on the food front here at We Like L.A. We’ve been researching noodles, stopping by a new pinball bar, comparing cat cafes and even diving deep into the world of turtle racing. Checkout our latest stories on all the latest food happenings after the jump.

Also of note: February 22 is National Margarita Day, and as such I’ve rounded up the best spots to get your margarita fix. Choices include traditional sips to adventurous takes like an agave worm salt rim and even a moonshine margarita. Cheers!

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Finally, the upcoming weekend has a couple of tasty events including 100 Years of Food Truck Fare at The Autry Museum, a Chinese New Year Night Market Feast at WP24, a SAP Chili Cook Off at Santa Anita Park and Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 kicking off.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

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Photo Credit: Mi Corazon

Where to Drink on National Margarita Day

Thursday is National Margarita Day here are a few spots celebrating. Cheers and drink responsibly!

Mi Corazon in Silver Lake includes over 60 tequilas and mezcals to create the perfect Mexican-style cocktail. They’ll be offering two special cocktails. The Clasico made with silver tequila, agave and lime. The Lowrider Margarita with your choice of seasonal berry, cucumber jalapeno or hibiscus tea.

Laurel Tavern in Hermosa Beach serves up a Spicy Pineapple Margarita that contains jalapeno-infused tequila and mezcal, freshly squeezed lime juice, pineapple juice, a touch of agave and a tajin spiced rim.

Bar Director Rebecca Smoyer DeLeon at Checker Hall in Highland Park will offer the Carmen #6 made with tequila, pamplemousse, lime, yuzu, jalapeno and agave.

Oaxacan eatery Madre located in Torrance features an extensive beverage program boasting hundreds of different mezcals and tequilas to enjoy on their own or in specialty cocktails like margaritas. They’ll be offering two special cocktails. The Nopal Margarita made of tequila reposado, lime, homemade curacao and spicy salt. A Smokey Margarita made of mezcal joven, ancho reyes, agave, lime and sal de gusano (agave worm salt.)

Frogtown’s popular Salazar will feature a classic margarita on tap made with tequila, lime, agave and triple sec.

If you like a lot of options, celebrate this special day with over 14 varieties of the beloved Mexican cocktail at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal City Walk. Flavors include Blueberry Pomegranate, Blackberry Moonshine and Watermelon.

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Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

We Have Noodles in Silver Lake Gets Noodles Right

Growing up Chinese, noodles were a staple of my diet. So when I found We have Noodles near my neighborhood I had to give it a try. The menu was familiar and yet inventive. Ingredients were more thoughtful and the preparations more technical than the normal mom and pop noodle shops in the San Gabriel Valley. I was impressed by their spot on South Asian flavors so I wrote about it naming We Have Noodles my current favorite noodle spot. Read the full details on what I ordered, what I loved and background on the young chef bringing legit noodles to the heart of Silver Lake.

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Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Walt’s Bar Brings Pinball, Bar Eats and Fine Beer to Eagle Rock

Last Friday Walt’s Bar quietly opened on the busy streets of Eagle Rock Blvd. We paid the new spot a visit, interviewed the owner and snapped some photos. Checkout our look inside the funky new bar here.

Crumbs & Whiskers Photo: Crumbs & Whiskers’ Facebook

Is There a Superior Cat Cafe?

Currently Los Angeles has two cat cafes. Both have adorable and adoptable kitties and while they are similar we sent Juliet Bennett Rylah, a mother of two cats to do a little investigate research on which cat cafe is best for you. See how they compare here.

Brennan’s Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

An Inside Look at the New Turtle Races at Brennan’s in Marina del Rey

Brennan’s in Marina del Rey has a whole new look, elevated menu and a new and improved turtle race. There’s no better time to check these little speedsters out. Read all about the turtles and their past lives here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

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Photo Credit: Hotville Chicken Instagram

Tuesday February 20th, 2018

Love hot chicken? There’s a Whole Lotta Hotville Chicken event presented by Feastly happening this Tuesday with Kim Prince, Owner of Hotville Chicken & Chops. If her last name sounds familiar it’s because she’s a descendent of James Thornton Prince, owner of the famous Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville Tennessee. Guest will get all the fixings and as much hot chicken you can eat in different levels of spice from “West Cost Plain” to “The ‘Ville Hot.” Tickets cost $35 per person.

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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 21st, 2018

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, BEAR CITY brings free comedy and free pizza to Que Sera in Long Beach.

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

Friday February 23rd, 2018

The Urban Chuck Wagon: 100 Years of Food Truck Fare is a new tasting event coming to The Autry this Friday. Come sample dishes representing a century of food trucks and discover the historic flavors of items such as tamales and oyster cocktails, then experience the modern versions of food cart cuisine from contemporary chefs. Tickets include plates from multiple food stations, access to the galleries and garden, and presentations by chefs and food history experts. Tickets are $65 per person and reservations are recommended.

Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour is one hour long and guests will have a chance to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of the Greenbar portfolio. Tours cost $12 per person.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will celebrate the Year of the Dog at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck with a night market-inspired feast to celebrate Chinese New Year. Guests can enjoy dazzling panoramic views of the city while dining on signature menu items such as squid ink shrimp steamed dumplings, a roasted Peking duck garnished with golden pineapple, a specialty cocktail themed for the Year of the Dog and a mochi waffle dessert. The restaurant will also host live dragon dancers fully decked out in traditional Chinese costume in honor of the New Year. The experience cost $56 per person. Guests can make reservations with the hostess by calling (213) 743-8800.

Visit Angel City Brewery for a free live taping of the popular podcast Go Fact Yourself quizzes comedians, actors and musicians about topics they claim expertise in. If they slip up, real experts on hand share the actual facts.

Saturday February 24th, 2018

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Celebrate like it’s 1928 during Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse in Venice this Saturday. The Prohibition-era Speakeasy located below the Townhouse, which dates back to 1915 will feature complimentary whiskey tasting, appetizers and desserts from local restaurants (including Big Daddy’s Pizza, Jody Maroni’s, Larry’s, The Poke Shack and more), along with a silent auction, raffle prizes and other surprises. Tickets cost $30 per person.

In anticipation of Milk Bar opening this year, the award-winning bakery will join forces with fashion label Reformation for a tasty pop-up at their Melrose location. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. swing by Reformation to shop through the sustainable brands collection and snack on Milk Bar’s cookies, truffles, and their new Crack Pie Latte. Customers with a Reformation purchase will also get a free treat so shop away!

SAP Chili Cook Off returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for a tasty competition in the categories of red chili, green chili, salsa, CASI (Chili Appreciation Society) chili, people’s choice, and most tasted. Tickets cost $30 per person and the event is 21 and over.

Mi Corazon in Silver Lake recently launched a brunch service for Saturday and Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners can dig into dishes like Huevos Rancheros, and Chilaquiles while toasting with micheladas, bloody marias and bottomless mimosas. If you’re not familiar with the Eastside Mexican concept, Mi Corazon focuses on hormone-free, non-GMO ingredients with an emphasis on vegan and vegetarian dishes, perfect for the meal conscious.

Sunday February 25th, 2018

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. To launch this seven-day culinary event, there will be a FREE Chef’s Cooking and Tasting Kick-Off on February 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Friedmans Home Experience. Stella Artois will be hand to offer complimentary beer samples, while Blue Marble Cocktails will offer some pours of their own.

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