Mario Batali is bringing his virtual orange Crocs to Foursquare, the handy smartphone app that allows tech-savvy thieves to follow your trajectory and rob your home while you're out. So we're a little paranoid. Batali, however, isn't.
You can follow the larger-than-life restaurant impresario, who joined Foursquare last month, as he checks in and leaves tips at his favorite restaurants. Users who follow him and check into his restaurants can unlock the Mario Badge. Batali has also created specials at all 15 of his restaurants. In Los Angeles, you get a free glass of Prosecco when you check-in while ordering lunch at Pizzeria Mozza or dinner at Osteria Mozza.
We don't give a hoot about most of Foursquare's goofy and pointless badges. We do, however, like discounts. So we compiled 30 of our favorite food and drink Foursquare deals in Los Angeles.
[List after the jump. Follow LA Weekly on Foursquare.]
Check with Foursquare and with the venues to make sure the deals are still good.
Akasha: Free latte on your first check-in. On your third check-in, receive a special cocktail exclusively for Foursquare users. Mayor gets two house cocktails and an appetizer.
Ben & Jerry's (Sherman Oaks): Check in and get three scoops for $3. Mayor gets an extra scoop for free.
Cafe Was: Check-in and receive a free mac 'n cheese for your table with purchase of any entree.
La Taquiza: Free mulita for the mayor. Free soft drink on your first check-in. Free fresh fruit drink on your fifth visit. Free combo on your tenth visit.
Let's Be Frank: On your eighth check-in, free frank of your choice.
For the Mayor
Baby Blues BBQ (West Hollywood): Mayor gets a free drink.
Blue Dog Beer Tavern: The mayor gets a free burger. Free dessert for anyone after your fifth check-in.
Colorado Wine Company: For the mayor, $2 off glasses of wine and no corkage charge anytime.
Good Girl Dinette: One free house-made pop for the mayor.
Good Hurt: A free beer for the mayor every time they come in.
Hotel Shangri-La: Mayor receives a free pitcher of cocktails at Suite 700, the hotel's rooftop bar. (Currently: Pimm's Cup.)
Le Pain Quotidien (West Hollywood): The mayor of this location can have any non-alcoholic beverage for free while dining in.
Mai Tai Bar: Happy hour all night for the mayor.
Paciugo Gelato & Caffe : Free a affogato for the mayor.
Rivera: Free custom-made cocktail for the Mayor. Free "estudio enflan" dessert
Union Cattle Co.: Mayor receives a free appetizer.
The Coffee Table: On your eighth check-in, get 20% off your check.
The Coffee Table Bistro: Every third check-in, get 15% off your check. (Excludes alcohol. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.)
Crumbs Bake Shop (various locations): Check-in on Friday and receive a free medium iced coffee.
Dukes West Hollywood: Check in between midnight and 4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and Dukes and get free pancakes with any entree purchase.
The Fox and Hounds : Every fifth check-in, get a free draft pint.
Le Saint Amour: A free drink at the bar after 10 check-ins. The Mayor always gets free dessert.
Mr. Cecil's California Ribs (13625 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks): Every third check-in, get a free starter (up to $7.25 value).
Porta Via: On your first check-in, get 50% off a breakfast entree.
Robata JINYA (8050 W. 3rd St.): One free dessert of the chef's choice every third check-in.
Taco Spot: Check-in five times in 20 days and get 20% off your check. (Cannot be combined with any other offers.)
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Teuscher Chocolates & Cafe: On your first check-in, get a free coffee or truffle.
The Veranda Bar/Lobby Lounge at Hotel Casa Del Mar: Check in Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. until closing and and get a $5 martini.
Viper Room: $5 drinks all night long for every fifth check-in. Mayor gets in free and gets $5 drinks all night long.
Yojie: Free regular size chocolate fondue with fruit and pastries every 10th check-in.