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Oinkster’s Annual Burger Week Returns With Lots of Rock & Roll Surprises

Plus taco job options and Wexler’s new happy hour

A tall meaty burger with cheese and lettuce and pastrami and chili, in hands.
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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.

Burgers in the sun

It’s time once again for LA’s own beloved Burger Week, the annual beef and bun throwdown put together by the Oinkster team in Eagle Rock. This year the weeklong affair features a new rock & roll themed burger every day, starting with a Weezer burger on Monday and ending with a spicy Red Hot Chili Peppers burger on Sunday. There are expected to be a few musical surprises in store as well.

Taco life

Tacos 1986 is getting ready to open its first brick and mortar location in Downtown Los Angeles, which means they officially need to hire some more staff. Interested in slinging some of the city’s most talked-about tacos? Email

Game play

Highland Park’s Barcade is set for more family-friendly days soon. The normally 21+ arcade and bar will let little ones try the games and eat all the food roughly once a month moving forward, with the next opportunity coming July 7.

Dinner pride

Kali on Melrose (which was recently given a Michelin star) is celebrating Pride with a collaboration dinner on June 18 featuring Teresa Montaño of Otoño and Shannon Swindle, now of the Lucques Group. The multi-course affair runs five dishes and $105 before wine, with proceeds going to the LGBT Community Center.

Orange County bites

Newport Beach’s next restaurant is Fable & Spirit, opening June 11 at 3441 Via Lido near the water. The restaurant comes from Darren and Jean Coyle (Dublin 4 Gastropub, Wineworks for Everyone). Expect casual American cooking from pasta to a smoked bone-in short rib, with a large bar area inside for cocktails as well.

Cheap by the beach

Wexler’s is putting together a new daily happy hour out in Santa Monica as part of a collaboration with new Los Angeles-based beer brand Calidad Beer. That means things like pastrami-spiced chicken tenders with ranch for just $7, and beers for $3.50.