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A Giant 90s-Themed Bar Crawl Is Coming to Santa Monica Next Month

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Plus the end of Dave’s Hot Chicken, and more charity meals

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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.

The nostalgic 90s

A 90s-themed bar crawl is taking over Santa Monica next month, with attendees asked to dress up in their favorite throwback outfits while traipsing from bar to bar for special drinks and music. Tickets are on sale now for the November 18 event, which organizers say will be the largest such themed bar crawl in the United States.

So what does a $20 entry fee get attendees? A keepsake cup, of course, plus one beer at the opening of the event. After that it’s up to drinkers to pay their way at all the bars they stop at, though the only confirmed location so far is Finn McCool’s. Others are sure to be added as the weeks tick past, and the ticket price is expected to raise for late buyers as well.

Real estate matters

The folks at Menuism took at look today at the intersection of real estate and restaurants, particularly when it comes to mainland Chinese and the thriving San Gabriel Valley. Apparently it still is all about location, location, location.

Bartending for a cause

Mike Lay is manning the bar at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park next Monday, as part of a fundraising event for Oaxaca following Mexico’s devastating earthquake. Expect mezcal cocktails and lots of love.

Wolfgang and the gang

Wolfgang Puck and some of his most famous celebrity chef friends are doing a massive give-back event that focuses efforts on raising money for those areas affected by recent hurricanes. The October 4 affair goes down on the front lawn of the Hotel Bel-Air, and includes names like Josef Centeno, Evan Funke, Josiah Citrin, Ray Garcia, Suzanne Goin, and Nancy Silverton, among many more, with 100% of proceeds for the $500 event going to the Global Giving Fund.

Vegan street food

There’s a massively popular vegan Mexican operation happening in Highland Park called Cena Vegan, says LA Weekly. The street food player has been around since 2015, but really began increasing in popularity over the past year, with block-long lines not uncommon at their stand.

Goodbye to Besha

KCRW’s Good Food says goodbye to LA Weekly critic Besha Rodell, who moved back to her native Australia after several great years as one of the city’s best food critics. It’s a touching tribute, as well as a living discussion of the changing nature of LA’s food scene.

It’s almost a wrap

It’s nearly the end of the line for Dave’s Hot Chicken in East Hollywood. The underground hot chicken team secured an official first location about five minutes away, and are closing up the parking lot stop to focus on their brick and mortar.