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Far Bar: Italian Samurai

Sorry ladies, it’s not half of Vin Diesel dressed up in a samurai costume.

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'Top Chef All-Stars'' Angelo Sosa and restaurateur Curtis Nysmith brings an 'elevated' gastropub experience to West L.A.

It would probably take us a while to taste all 120 beers offered on tap over at the SmithHouse Tap & Grill in West Los Angeles. It’s a gastropub, created by Owner, Curtis Nysmith, with a cocktail list, automated draft system, where you can pour your own booze at the table and a “classical American cuisine with a global influence” menu created by “Top Chef All-Stars'” Angelo Sosa.

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Chicago’s Pat Bertoletti downs 264 gyozas at the 5th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship

Eating contests are never pretty, just watch an episode of Adam Richman’s Man V. Food. Last weekend, in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, top MLE (Major League Eating) competitors like Matt Stonie, Sonya Thomas and Patrick Bertoletti came to compete for $5,000 and bragging rights at the 5th annual gorge-fest that is the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship and joined by hundreds of spectators. The previous record was held by 2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion, Joey Chestnut with 231 gyozas. And this time the record was broken by number two competitive eater in America, Chicago’s Patrick Bertoletti with 264 gyozas in ten minutes.

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Tofu King: Taiwan Style Stinky Tofu

It smells like something that has gone rotten inside a car outside a casino parking-lot on a blistering summer day.

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Blue Dog Beer Tavern: Chi Chi Burger

If we had this burger as an alarm clock, waking up in the morning wouldn’t be so difficult.