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Chicas Throws a Taco Block Party, Anaheim’s Craziest Food, and More

Plus charity dining and a coffee gold medal for LA

Chicas Tacos, Downtown
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A taco moment Downtown

Chicas Tacos is throwing a massive party in Downtown for what is apparently National Taco Day. The backlot shindig runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and will include tacos (of course), beer from Tijuana, and music. Admission is free, so just show up.

Casa Vega’s 60th birthday means cheap food

Valley legend Casa Vega is officially 60, and to celebrate they’re selling the famed #1 combo for the same price the meal went for all those years ago: $2.15. That plate includes beans, rice, and two mains (chile relleno, tacos, enchiladas, you name it), but is available Thursday, October 6 for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.

Sprudge is for the dogs

Coffee connoisseur publication Sprudge made it out to the Dog Cafe to see what’s what, and boy do they seem happy about it. While the drinks are fine enough, the real pull is (of course) all the adorable pups that you get to hang out with for the low, low price of a cup of joe.

Pink Thursdays at Fig & Olive

Melrose Place’s Fig & Olive is giving back this month, with every Thursday turning pink to raise awareness and money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Pink-tinged drinks and bar bites will be on salt from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each Thursday, with some of that money going to a great cause.

LA’s big coffee win

Silver Lake coffee stalwart LAMILL comes back to Los Angeles with a bit more hardware, thanks to a first place finish (and resulting gold medal) at Portland’s Compak Golden Bean in the espresso category. They weren’t the only locals to win though, as Klatch Coffee also picked up the gold in the franchise department. The full list of winners can be found here.

Osteria Bigoli flips into Vincenzo space

Santa Monica’s erstwhile celeb spot Vincenzo Ristorante is in for a flip as newcomer Osteria Bigoli plans to move in. Toddrickallen is all over it, noting that while Vincenzo remains open as of now, a new ownership (possibly from Covina) group wants to make the place their own eventually.

Party for a cause with Pier del Sol

Now in its 20th year, the annual Pier del Sol party at the Santa Monica Pier is hitting its stride. The charity event raises money for the Special Olympics of Southern California, and this year they’ll be giving honors to Josiah Citrin of Melisse, who’s long been involved with the organization. The family-friendly event for VIP ticket holders runs $175.

Pour Vida Latin Flavor’s insane new taco

The team at Foodbeast caught up with chef Jimmy Martinez of Pour Vida Latin Flavor in Anaheim to showcase the restaurant’s newest insane menu item: a lobster taco with a corn dog shell. Check out the sinful monstrosity below.