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East Los Angeles

Ethnic Neighborhoods L.A.

Enjoy some of the best Mexican food in L.A. at La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights

Latin Living on L.A.'s Eastside

You can find Mexican influences all over the City of Angels, but to experience some real Latino flavor, enjoy an authentic street taco or purchase some handmade tortillas, you have to venture east. East LA, sometimes also called the Eastside, refers to the area east of Downtown and the L.A. River and lumps together neighborhoods as varied as Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, Atwater Village, Montecito Heights and Mt. Washington, to name a few. Don’t be afraid to try a bacon-wrapped hot dog or an elote (corn on the cob with mayo, cheese and chili powder) from a street vendor or explore a local grocery store to buy perfectly ripe mango, avocado, flan or queso de Oaxaca.

Boyle Heights has colorful murals and La Serenata De Garibaldi at Mariachi Plaza. In Highland Park, you must try a handmade corn huarache (thick corn tortillas) with al pastor (thinly sliced spit-roasted pork) at El Huarache Azteca. At the Grand Central Market, choose from Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Mexican specialties, including the best gorditas in L.A. Or listen to a battle of the mariachi bands in El Mercado.

Outside of East L.A., you can drive along Broadway Street downtown on a Saturday or Sunday morning, and you'll think you're in Mexico City. Many speak Spanish, from the vendors hawking little girls’ party dresses or papayas-on-a-stick to Latino families doing their weekly shopping. Or head to colorful Olvera Street and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and stop by La Golondrina Café for a margarita.

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