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Wally’s Gets Ready to Debut Gorgeous Wine Bar in Santa Monica

Plus Burgers Never Say Die is cooking again, and Savor Santa Ana returns

Wally’s Wine & Spirits
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.

Wally’s returns

50-year Westwood veteran Wally’s Wine & Spirits officially opens in Santa Monica tomorrow. The Hollywood Reporter was first to show off the gorgeous new space, with its industrial lighting, tall shelves full of wine, and marble countertops. As for food, there’s caviar of course, plus charcuterie, cheese, and main entrees like yellowtail collars with grilled eggplant. Wally’s is open now at 214 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, keeping hours from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

The burger is back

With the reveal of Burgers Never Say Die the restaurant still a little ways off, the BNSD team is popping back up at Glendale Tap on Sunday. The always-busy event starts at 1 p.m., with cash-only burgers going for $7 a pop. Be prepared for a line.

The block is busy

Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City is hosting its second-annual Blocktoberfest, featuring lots of beer as well as brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, and other bites of barbecue. The family-friendly event is done to help raise money for No Kid Hungry, and goes down on Sunday, October 21 for $55 a head.

The Savor side

Savor Santa Ana is coming back to Orange County on October 13. The annual event includes dozens of local restaurant vendors, including Irenia, Playground, and Good Beer all opening wide for an all-day party and tasting. There’s even going to be live music, a trolley, and various cultural performances happening throughout the neighborhood.

Classic cake

Sweet Lady Jane is known all over greater Los Angeles for its baked goods, but it’s the company’s triple berry cake that has become the stuff of legend. LA Magazine dives into the cult-like 30 year fascination with one of the city’s most recognizable desserts.


Din Tai Fung is expanding its presence at South Coast Plaza in Orange County. That’s per Eater San Diego, who picked up news on the expansion when discussing a new outlet even further south. DTF’s new growth in Costa Mesa will add another 50 or so seats, while the company overall continues to push into new national markets like Portland.

The Beast

Here’s the menu for Little Beast’s new Sunday-only brunch. The popular Eagle Rock dinner staple only recently moved into weekend daytime eats, rocking a menu that includes everything from avocado toast to bottomless booze.