Moochers United: Top 5 Places to Get Free Samples

Froyo samples at Menchie'sEXPAND
Froyo samples at Menchie's

No such thing as a free lunch? That's just what we tell the suckers to keep 'em off our turf. You stick with us, kid, and you'll soon be eating 1,000 calories a day out of tiny white cups. The free sample phenomenon is a beautiful thing, and we have spent countless hours (but no dollars) researching where exactly you can get the most plentiful or highest quality complimentary bites. In something resembling the words of Kipling, "For something less than a rupee a day a man can feed himself sumptuously in Los Angeles, even though he be bankrupt. Remember this if ever you are stranded in these parts." And, of course, if you have your own spots to score gratis snacks, respect the Hobo Code and clue us in with a comment.

5. The Surly Goat: This West Hollywood beer bar (home to a serious beer drinker's happy hour) boasts an ever-changing and very well curated selection of craft brews, featuring a wide range of styles from the serious hop punch of a Double IPA to the smooth chocolate and coffee flavors of an Imperial Stout. In order to fully appreciate the diversity, and to make sure you like what you get, they offer small taster glasses of each of the current taps. Unfortunately, unless you possess some serious suavity, you'll probably be expected to buy a drink or two after you sample.

Try 4 oz. of anything on the board
Try 4 oz. of anything on the board
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4. The Food Court: It may fall squarely on the quantity side of the picture, but there is no doubt that the food court is a great place to search for samples. Whether it's the generic Asian of Great Khan and Panda Express or yesterday's stromboli at Sbarro, you're sure to get all you can handle. There's even dessert at Wetzel's Pretzels, Ice N' Cream, or See's.

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