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LA Councilman Joe Buscaino to Host Upcoming Watts Food Tour

Plus pizza updates in Downtown and more help for Puerto Rico

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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.

It’s going down in Watts

There’s an awesome new food tour coming to Watts later this month, and it’s hosted by none other than Councilmember Joe Buscaino, who represents the area. Buscaino is partnering up with the Secret City LA bus tour team to provide transportation to and from some iconic stops in Watts, with food to match. Yes, that will include some time at the Watts Towers.

The Secret City LA team has not confirmed the official food vendors for the four-hour tour (they are secret, after all) but is promising at least five different bites from places around the neighborhood. Not that it will be too hard to land on some food possibilities — Watts already plays home to restaurants like Locol and Keith Garrett’s popular All Flavor No Grease truck.

Winsome helps Puerto Rico

Echo Park’s Winsome is stepping up for a charity night to benefit hurricane-affected areas of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The one-night affair is called No Island Left Behind, and it features eats from Puerto Rican chef Luke Reyes, plus live music, cocktails, and more. Tickets are $25 for the 3p.m - 7 p.m. event on Sunday, October 15.

An Urban update

The Urban Oven is close to firing up the pizza stove at The Bloc in Downtown. To show off the “99% complete” space, the team even crafted a little Facebook video.

Tailgate at LA Live

The Mixing Room at JW Marriott is getting in on the weekend college football action with a pre-game tailgate session before kickoff of the USC and Utah game on Saturday. That means an actual truck for food in front of the bar area, serving drinks and cheap snacks and all. The party starts at 1 p.m. and goes all night.

Valley ramen research

Ventura Blvd. Magazine is on the case of YOK Ramen, a new Sherman Oaks player that trades in chicken-based ramen bowls. The place is relatively inexpensive and filled with punny ramen and soup references, but it also turns out a pretty stellar finished product apparently.

Seamus Mullen is around

Chef Seamus Mullen is doing a cocktail party and book signing at the Hedley & Bennett headquarters in Vernon next Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening is free, and a live demo, plus some snacks and drinks. There will also be copies of his latest cookbook for sale.

Brunch at Beauty & Essex

There’s a new brunch coming to Los Angeles this weekend, this one at Beauty & Essex. The hip Hollywood spot is doing everything from a.m. cocktails to potato latke avocado benedict plates.