License to EatChili costs nothing more than a license plate at Barney’s Beanery. Bring your unwanted old plate to any of Barney’s five Southern California gastropubs, and they’ll hang it on the wall in exchange for a piping hot chili bowl. The swap is a vestige of a Depression-era policy – the original West Hollywood location opened in 1920 – and the same recipe for Classic All-Meat Chili is used today. Even more tempting: a Chili Plate, whose options include a Kobe burger surrounded by chili, guacamole, and cheese. Hollywood meats hearty.

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