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Eater's MoW* Guide to Holiday Party Eats in L.A.

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Every Man of the World* has a Heineken BeerTender®. After all, it lets you have the premium experience of pouring fresh Heineken draught beer right at home. It's probably the greatest gift in the world. Secretly, you'd love to buy one for yourself, but you can't. It's the holidays after all — buying yourself a gift looks selfish.

Until now. Introducing BeerFriender, a first of its kind Facebook application that matches you up with a like-minded stranger who's also in the market for a BeerTender®. Instead of buying BeerTenders for yourselves, the app makes it look like you bought them for each other. It’s going to change gift-giving as we know it.

Now that you are set with your BeerTender®, it’s obviously time to throw the perfect holiday party. Check out our list of L.A.'s best to-go-friendly food spots to accompany your home-poured draught.

1.) Animal: The freshman restaurant for chef's Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Minimalist dining room showcases bold flavors in dishes that range from foie gras loco moco to rabbit loin spring rolls.

2.) Salt's Cure: A paradise of protein, all cured in-house from fish to beef. Edibles are sourced from within the state, definitely a farm-to-table getup.

3.) Pizzeria Mozza: For a perfect pizza pie and a few other Italian plates come by this approachable, casual trattoria opened by partners Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, and Joe Bastianich.

4.) Tinga: This shoe box-sized restaurant on La Brea was inspired by Santa Barbara's beloved La Super Rica Taqueria. So, expect top notch full flavored Mexican fare.

5.) A-Frame: Roy Choi of Kogi fame launched this super casual "modern picnic" eatery with a globally-inspired menu. Many whimsical dishes hit the menu, but definitely don't miss the Furikake Kettle Corn which is dangerously addictive.

6.) Osteria La Buca: Handmade pastas and a seasonally slanted Italian menu comprise Osteria La Buca. While Mama is no longer in the kitchen, chef Jason Neroni cranks out some of the best plates the restaurant has ever offered.


142 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 954-9566 Visit Website


12565 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90066

Osteria La Buca

14235 Ventura Boulevard, , CA 91423 (818) 456-1216 Visit Website

Pizzeria Mozza

800 West Coast Highway, , CA 92663 (949) 945-1126 Visit Website

Salt's Cure

7494 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 323-850-7258

Animal Restaurant

435 North Fairfax Avenue, , CA 90036 (323) 782-9225 Visit Website