Free Tacos, Free Meatball Subs, Free Beer & other Tasty News Bites

Are you the kind of person who has a hard time saying no to free? Brace yourself: This week in Los Angeles food features free tacos, free ice cream, free meatball subs and free Angel City beer.

Let’s start with today. Pirolo’s Panino will give away free subs for their grand opening on Melrose avenue starting at 11 a.m. Also today, La Halo Top scoop complimentary ice cream at their new Culver City spot. Finally, all locations of Tocaya Organica celebrate their anniversary on Tuesday with free tacos.  You can find more details on all three offers after the jump, and a little info on the upcoming the Liquid Intelligence event that includes free samples from Angel City (just scroll down to the events section).


As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below! Bon Appétit!

Belgian Brewpub Bluebird Brasserie Now Serving in Sherman Oaks

Moules Marinieres Photo courtesy of Bluebird Brasserie

Belgian brewpub Bluebird Brasserie recently opened on a popular stretch of Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks. Bluebird brews their own Belgian-style beer onsite and features Belgian dishes that include beer cheese croquette and meatballs, steak frites and moules-frites. They also offer vegan Impossible Foods meat for a number of dishes served. Overall, a great addition to the valley. Read all about our visit here.

Daikokuya to Open New Ramen Restaurant

The ramen empire that is Daikokuya are adding another ramen joint in Little Tokyo. According to DTLAer, Hachioji Craft Ramen is slated to open later this spring and a team of chefs from Daikokuya are currently in Japan honing their skills. The new ramen spot will take a more modern approach on dishes.

L.A. City Council Votes to Draft Ordinance Legalizing Street Vendors

A fruit vendor Photo: Stu_Spivack/Flickr

While Los Angeles City Council supports decriminalizing sidewalk vending last year, vendors still face citations, fines, and harassment. Things are about to change (hopefully) recently the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-4 to draft an ordinance to allow street vendors to obtain a permit, making their business operation a legal one. This ordinance could go into effect as soon as July.

NoMad Invites Public to Rooftop

Photo Credit: NoMad

Did you know the NoMad Los Angeles just opened the Rooftop Café to the public for reservations only? Now you do so grab a reservation this week and enjoy a  rooftop menu that includes Prawn Roll with cremé fraîche and apple on toasted brioche; a Club Sandwich with roasted chicken, bacon, lettuce & tomato; and a Cookies & Cream ice cream sandwich with vanilla and caramel. New cocktails will be offered including a Dewin’ It with jalapeno-infused tequila, mezcal, size, roasted poblano pepper and lemon, the Blistered in the Sun with whiskey, sherry, passionfruit, lemon and a weekly featured frozen cocktail. Hours vary on different days and are listed online. Guests can make their reservations through Resy. Although the café is open to the public keep in-mind the poolside area is still only for hotel guests.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday April 24th, 2018

Tocaya Organica will celebrate their two-year anniversary with a free taco giveaway for the first 100 customers at each location this Tuesday, April 24. The modern organic Mexican restaurant will be offering one free taco per customer, which will include their choice of taco style, protein (options to include: achiote chicken, chicken tinga and adobo tofu) and queso. For customers who didn’t make the cut in time, keep in-mind it’s also Taco Tuesday and there’s a 2-for-1 special and happy hour all day long! Tocaya Organica includes locations in Venice, Santa Monica, Playa Vista, West Hollywood and Century City.

On Tuesday, April 24, Halo Top Creamery will open it’s second scoop shop in Los Angeles at Westfield Century City. On opening day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Halo Top will be giving away free soft serve and ice cream during their grand opening. The shop will have over 50 specialty toppings and a variety of flavors. Guests can also show off their cold creations at the interactive photo booth and check out a 3-D art installation displayed for the party.

By way of Miami Beach, James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef Michael Pirolo, will bring his famed Italian sandwich pop-up, Pirolo’s Panino to Los Angeles. Pirolo’s Panino will open on Tuesday, April 24 at 7461 Melrose Avenue. To celebrate the opening day, they’ll host a meatball sub toast with local officials and give away free paninos to the first 100 guests who follow their Instagram @pirolos.

50 Oregon wineries will be represented as The Oregon Wine Trail comes to The Line Hotel this Tuesday. In addition to generous pours of select Oregon–based wines, guests will enjoy a few goodies from Olympia Provisions, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Bingo Night at Innovation Brew Works takes place every Tuesday and will include lots of prizes, beer, pizza and more.

Wednesday April 25th, 2018

Liquid Intelligence will take over The Mixing Room from 6-7 p.m. for one hour of complimentary tastings of Angel City Brewery’s Kumquat Kettle Sour. FREE

Pasadena’s One Colorado hosts its first-ever Happy Hour Week from April 25-May 1 offering live entertainment and specially priced drinks and bites from local resturants.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach April 25-26 will takeover the East Village Arts District with samples of food and drinks from restaurants from in the area. Admission is free and guests pay to eat by purchasing booklets of tickets.

Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

Golden Road Brewing presents Hip HOPS Night on the last Wednesday of every month. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. guests will enjoy $5 food + drink specials, DJ tunes and a handful of live performances as well as live art and pop up shops. Admission is $5.

Angel City Brewery will host Plant Nite a succulent D.I.Y. event where guest get to create their own terrariums while sipping on beer and snacking on bites.

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.

Thursday April 26th, 2018

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles is hosting Mexican Street Food of L.A.: Elotes, Discrimination and Politics this Thursday. The event will touch on what the future of street vending will look like in L.A. while featuring food samples from local Boyle Heights street vendors.

Visit Eastown in Hollywood for Animals, Embers & Green Things this Thursday. Part of Feastown Collective’s Dinner & Story Series, Chef Royce Burke will offer up a casual “kamayan style” grilling event inspired by Argentinian asado with a twist.

Marijuana Madness is an innovative burlesque and live music show coming to Hervelle’s in Santa Monica. Travel back in time to 1937, when National Marijuana Prohibition became American law. Learn the truth behind the mass propaganda that insisted that cannabis led to moral decay and debauchery, resulting in persecution of marijuana users.


Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Thursday for Retro Game Night where they’ll be hosts a Tetris Battle Gaiden for Super Famicom. Free to join and Maravilla Latin Cuisine food truck will be on-site for those who need to grab a bite.

The L.A. Zoo will once again host their annual Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series. The theme “Raptors and Reptiles,” featuring Romona Ranch Vineyard & Winery, the dinner will take place on the Cambodia Terrace at Elephants of Asia.

The night market at hilltop Asian restaurant Yamashiro back for 2018 every Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., through September 27. Angelenos can enjoy a farmers market, freshly prepared foods and Yamashiro’s unbeatable views of Hollywood.

Friday April 27th, 2018

Alcove and Big Bar in Los Feliz will transform their space into a cocktail filled wonderland with extravagant themed out areas for their annual Gala in the Gardens spring time festival. Guests can expect five completely different experiences and signature cocktails to go with each space. Highlights include a boozy tea garden and a Putt Putt Goose mini golf experience. Admission is free. FREE

Dublab will take over Grand Central Market to bring you groovy sounds from around the world from 7 to 10 p.m. while you wine and dine at the food halls many delicious vendor stalls.

Greenbar Distillery has teamed up with The Burrito Project and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. Simply go to a bar on the list and order a CITY Bright gin cocktail from there Greenbar Distillery will donate a burrito to The Burrito Project. Get more info here.

Saturday April 28th, 2018

The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes to Union in Arlington Heights featuring over 150 local artists, live body painting, live art, an eclectic lineup of live musicians and DJs, and more. Come hungry , there will be a FREE pancake bar all night long.

Spend a day sipping tea in a gorgeous garden while enjoying the ocean view during Tea by the Sea at the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. There will also be garden tours, craft booths, self-guided lighthouse tours, and more.

The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar on April 28-29 for two days of wine-tasting with over 50 wineries. Santa Monica Wine Fest benefits the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.


Red Herring located in Eagle Rock just rolled out their new spring menu. Dishes include a Crispy Confit Duck Leg with beluga lentils, tasso ham, creamed mustard greens, Duroc Pork Chop with cranberry beans, grilled escarole, fennel emulsion, chermoula, and a New York Steak with smoked heirloom potatoes, charred spring onions, green garlic, rosemary aioli.

Smog City Brewing in Torrance celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lively party and loads of beer. Your ticket gets you a gift bag with new brew, Awkward Teenager, a haze-influenced, murky IPA brew. There will also be beer cocktails, creatively concocted with fruits, salts and cordials.

Sunday April 29th, 2018

Taste of the Eastside returns to Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for a day of celebrating food and drink from Eastside businesses like Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and beyond.

Speak Easy Yoga is a brand-new series curated especially for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on Sundays through the end of May. Do a down dog with music from the 1920s and if you choose to follow your yoga session with the Indigo’s Bootlegger Brunch, you’ll enjoy your first drink free with proof of yoga ticket purchase.

We Have Noodles located in Silver Lake is now serving brunch on Sundays. The menu features a tight selection of dim sum inspired bites like the Chicken and Black Truffle Shumai and Thai Sausage Scotch Egg. Two appetizers are also offered; a savory scallion pancake and soy sauce chow mein. Entrees during the new brunch include four noodle dishes including something called Breakfast Ramen.

Kali Supper Klub will host their first ever day time event called “Sunday Funday Fish Fry!” themed to the music of Lil Wayne. The lunch will include all things fried like Cajun Fries and a variety of Po Boys ranging from soft shell crab to catfish. There will be New Orleans beer pairings and if you’re into Mint Juleps you can go bottomless for an extra fee.


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