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New York City’s Famed Contra Team Cooks Up Hot Dogs in West Hollywood Tonight

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Plus, saving Torrance’s Alpine Village, Tito’s Tacos, and a Brazilian brunch

The interior of Night + Market, West Hollywood
Night + Market, West Hollywood
Night + Market
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Night + Market + WeHo collaboration with NYC’s Contra

Night + Market WeHo’s Kris Yenbamroong is throwing a party tonight with the chefs from Contra in New York City. The team will be cooking up collaboration hot dogs and other fare from 5 p.m. until they’re sold out. Tonight’s event is right in line with Stone and von Hauske, as the pair regularly hosts out-of-town guest chefs. Reservations are not required, but showing up early is recommended.

A flyer for guest chef series at Night + Market WEHO
Night + Market WEHO
Night + Market WEHO website

Is Los Angeles maxed out with food halls?

With existing food halls like Santa Monica’s SocialEats, Downtown’s Corporation Food Hall, and Culver City’s forthcoming Citizen Public Market, the Los Angeles Times explores whether LA has jumped the proverbial shark tank with food halls.

50-year-old Falafel King Out in Westwood

Falafel King, one of Westwood’s oldest mainstays, closed this week according to Toddrickallen. The casual spot served UCLA students and Angelenos on Broxton for 50 years, and a sign suggests Falafel King is searching for a new location.

Torrance’s Alpine Village

The Bavarian-themed Alpine Village celebrated 51 years in Torrance this year, but its future might be in jeopardy. Local supporters developed a petition to save the chalet-style shops, restaurant, and deli from demolition, and hopes to designate Alpine Village as a protected historic landmark.

Tito’s Tacos and Tito’s Vodka

Tito’s Tacos and Tito’s Vodka; it’s kind of gimmicky and kind of perfect for a fundraiser. On October 4 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., both businesses will host the second Tito’s Fiesta Mexicana at Tito’s Tacos, according to the Los Angeles Times. There’s a free shuttle that’ll transport attendees to the Culver City restaurant, and $25 provides tacos from Tito’s along with Tito’s Vodka cocktails while mariachis perform.

A flyer for Tito’s Fiesta Mexicana in Culver City
Tito’s Fiesta Mexicana
Tito’s Fiesta Mexicana website

Brunch at H&H Brazilian Steakhouse

H&H Brazilian Steakhouse launches brunch this weekend. H&H opened in Downtown last March, and the new menu includes a Brazilian omelette, grilled pineapple, as well as the Brazilian touch of table side meat service, where chefs will cut grass-fed picanha or prime culotte, and Brazilian sausage for $31.95 per person. There are also caipirinhas to wash it down.