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Chew On This: Free Drinks at The Edison, Umami Begets Pizza, Bizarre Foods Pop-Up, Burger Wars & More

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Pizza at Stella Rossa, where they've just introduced a new cocktail menu (Photo via Stella Rossa on Facebook)
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What's going on lately in the L.A food scene? Chew on this:

How to Get a Free Drink @The Edison
Nevermind that elusive free lunch, The Edison in DTLA has a great way to get you a free drink this holiday season. Until Saturday the 17th, if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to the bar, you can check out a free Edison 77, a new cocktail created by mixologist Andrew Smith and named in honor of Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877. In the drink: AppleJack, Proseco, Fresh Lemon and Honey Syrup. The toys are headed to the Midnight Mission for the annual toy drive, and The Edison is hoping to collect 3,000 toys this year.

Happy Hour @Mezze
Mezze is now offering half-priced craft beers and inventive cocktails every day from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., as well as during a late-night happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.. For nibbles, Eastern Mediterranean small plates are also now offered at the bar (at all hours). Some sample dishes by Chef Micha Wexler include Grandma’s Chopped Chicken Livers with Grape Mostarda and Mini-Challah, Eggplant Hushpuppies with Onion Fondue, and The Kleinfeld Sandwich: Chicken Shawarma with Amba and House Pickles on a Sesame Baguette.

New Cocktail Menu @Stella Rossa
Stella Rossa has introduced a new menu of handcrafted cocktails ($10-$13) to go with their pizzas. From the enticing list, standouts include the Cabin Fever (rye, maple syrup, sage and lemon), The Merchant’s Wife (gin, aperol, citrus and watermelon),and Royal Navy (rum, grapefruit, amaro and Serrano chili).

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From the Umami Team: 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Westwood
Opening in January 2012, the Umami team and Allen Ravert have announced 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Westwood. Using traditional recipes and techniques from Naples to make their thin-crust pizza, 800 Degrees will "serve customized personal pizzas prepared to each guests liking,right before their eyes" in a wood-burning oven, we're told.

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Andrew Zimmern's "Bizarre Foods" Pop-Up @Royal/T
It's a long-ish heads up, but a big ticket event. The Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern, host of "Bizarre Foods" is having a one-night stand pop-up event at Royal/T Cafe on Janaury 13. Featuring his off-center take on classic California fare, guests will be treated to a collaborative five-course dinner menu ($150 per person with a donation to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank). Here is a sneak peak of some of what may be on the menu (subject to change based on seasonality, availability, and inspiration): Sea Urchin and Yellow Tomato-Vegetable Aspic; Tongue Tied: Veal Tongue Tartare and Chile braised Lambs Tongue Quesadilla; Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Venison Chop, Crispy Goat Chuchules, Posole, and Avocado Salsa. Reservations are required and can only be made as of Monday, December 19, 2011 online. Reservations start at 6 p.m. with the last seating at 9.30 p.m.Burger Wars @Savory in Malibu
Malibu's Savory Restaurant is pitting burger against burger its new Monday Night Burger Wars. Owner and Executive Chef Paul Shoemaker has come up with different burger recipes in his kitchen, and the war will go down at your table. "The idea is that everyone orders their burger and then has a war at the table over whose is best," he explains. And not all burgers are made of beef; there's The Yardbird (grilled chicken breast with brie, bacon, caramelized onions and arugula) and The Tug Boat (catfish or cod done tempura style, with arugula, remoulade and heirloom tomatoes) among others, including the meaty Wolfmother (eight-ounce patty, balsamic onion compote, arugula, blue cheese, brie and aioli).

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