Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. What is wonderful is that no matter where you live in the US, you can take the time on May 5th to join the celebration and enjoy the unique aspects of Mexican culture, especially the food and drink. You can head out into your city or town and sample the festive atmosphere, the delicious tacos and guacamole (among many other dishes) and of course, the endless margaritas.
The atmosphere, the food, the service, and the location put these establishments over the top and onto our list of the best restaurants for Cinco de Mayo in the Los Angeles area:
(5850 S Eastern Avenue | Commerce, CA)
Portions are large, prices are low, and the service is friendly at this authentic lamb barbecue joint.
(445 S Figueroa Street | Los Angeles, CA)
Unlimited tapas, perfect for sharing. The design is bold and very modern, the food matches it nicely. Top notch great margaritas too!
(1238 Hermosa Avenue | Hermosa Beach, CA)
Small dishes and relaxed vibe (complete with couches) give Dia de Campo a cult following in Hermosa Beach.
(3014 W Olympic Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA)
Massive portions and a "holy" 'mole as described by patrons is provided a musical backdrop of a live mariachi band.
(1261 Sunset Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA)
Guisados is all of the best parts of the Los Angeles' cultural and food scenes rolled into one.
(21743 Devonshire Street | Chatsworth, CA)
Excellent food, reasonable prices, family feeling in a "hacienda"-type environment.
(7630 Beverly Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA)
A lively, casual environment with a crowd that knows how to have fun and loves well-made Mexican food.
(401 S Grand Avenue | Los Angeles, CA)
With the Broad Museum opening across from LACMA, Pez is down the street for you to enjoy before or after your artsy day.
To outsiders, Los Angeles is just L.A. But to those who live here, L.A. is more. It’s an incredibly diverse collection of smaller cities, communities, and neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. And that’s great news for residents a little bored of the routine—why not explore the possibility of booking a vacation rental in your own city, and experience a new side of L.A.? Here are ten reasons you should.
1. Try Before You Buy
See what life is like across town before you move there. You may fall in love with the new community, or find that your new commute doesn’t suit you. Booking a few vacation rentals would allow you to audition several new cities and neighborhoods before choosing the one that works best for you.
2. Ride to Work
If you work in a cycle-friendly city like Santa Monica or Culver City, see what it’s like to live so close that you don’t have to get up an hour early just to make the drive. Eliminating a long commute can cut down on stress, save on gas money, and give a little more time back to your day.
3. Live By the Sand
Millions of people move from all over the nation to L.A. just to live by the beach. If your dream is to wake up and go to sleep to the sound of the surf, booking a vacation rental lets you live it, at least for a while. Beach communities like Hermosa Beach tend to be quiet, relaxing, and close-knit, providing a strong sense of community on top of the unbeatable views.
4. Head for the Hills
If the beaches aren’t for you, what about the mountains? Whether what works best for you is finding some snow in Big Bear or the views from the Duarte foothills, explore vacations rentals in the areas that can give you the altitude and attitude you’ve been craving.
5. Hooray for Hollywood
If you want to experience L.A. nightlife, Hollywood is a great place to start. See what it’s like to live off Sunset. Live for the concerts and turning late nights into early mornings at the clubs, or just so you can tell stories to friends that begin with, “When I was living in Hollywood…”
6. School Days
Reclaim some youth or give your teens a taste of college community life in a neighborhood like Westwood. As the home of UCLA and the Westwood Village, this town caters to the younger crowd with cultural opportunities, coffee shops, and diverse, inexpensive restaurants to give you something to do every night. Not a Bruin fan? Claremont works just as well, too, but feels more like a small town than L.A.
7. Go Downtown
Live in the heart of L.A. to become a sports superfan, spending your evenings at the Staples Center or just up the road at Dodger Stadium. Check out the MoCA, the Arts District, and see what’s happening at the Convention Center. Do all the things you’ve always meant to do in L.A., but you’ve never actually done.
8. A World Tour in Your Backyard
Experience the culture of one of L.A.’s Asian communities like Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Koreatown, or Historic Filipinotown. Each has its own historical and cultural attractions, and those who love Asian food might never want to go back home. Take an extended stay of each community, or feel as if you’re spending each night in a different country.
9. Embrace Your Inner Valley Girl (or Guy)
The Valley is close enough to L.A. itself to keep your commute simple, but far away enough to feel almost like Ventura County. It’s a bit more laid back than L.A., but still loaded with great restaurants and places to go on the weekend, like Griffith Park or the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Like OMG, right?
Nothing says “classic L.A.” more than a bungalow. Live in Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles—Pasadena’s small Bungalow Heaven historic district. While the homes may be small, their charm makes up for it, as do nearby cultural opportunities like the Pasadena Playhouse and the Norton Simon Museum.
Listing Your Los Angeles Property
Getting ready for this type of vacation is relatively easy since you’re not wandering more than a car ride away. You can lock up your home and get out of dodge, or you can look into listing your own property for rent while you’re away! Whether you are making sure your house is ready to leave alone for a while, or getting it ready so that it’s presentable for your guests, we recommend investing in a home security system either way. You’ll be able to rest easier knowing that your home is protected when you are gone, or even when someone else is living in it. Find one that’s perfect for your home by comparing your options in L.A. To get even more prepared, bookmark a home repair site like Porch.com—that way, if something goes wrong with your home or the vacation home you’re renting, you can find a local expert to help. Then just find a vacation rental destination and partner, and enjoy your new slice of L.A. life!
Guest post written by: Elli Bishop
This city of glitz and glamour and massive movie studios is such a beast, it can intimidate even the heartiest of its residents. Fancy restaurants, exotic beaches, and tourist attractions dot the landscape, it's a fairtale for travelers, but can be a nightmare for locals who hate traffic and smog. With all this action happening in the same city, it is no surprise that some of the most talented bloggers are based in Los Angeles, either writing about their incredible city, or the world abroad. We've created a list of our favorite 12, along with a bit about each award-winner.
Caroline on Crack: "Claim to fame: One of the first cocktail bloggers in L.A. Weekend event announcer on Carson Daly’s “AMP Mornings” radio show, Won three of LA Weekly‘s Los Angeles Web Awards"
Consuming LA: "Consuming LA is mandatory reading for food lovers visiting Los Angeles. It's a fun read, and covers everything from taco stands to the hippest eateries in LA, with an emphasis on exotic hidden gems."
Curating LA: "Looking for a different perspective on Los Angeles? Go beyond the typical sites and attractions that everyone already knows about and join Curating Los Angeles as we explore the people, places and culture that make greater LA such a compelling place to visit."
DTLA Rising: "Log onto DTLA Rising, the largest news blog covering the most exciting up-and-coming urban center in America: Downtown LA."
Eastside Food Bites: "Eastside Food Bites is a Los Angeles food blog that focuses on the east and northeast corners of the city. We mostly write about Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Boyle Heights, East LA, El Sereno, Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Hermon, Lincoln Heights and Los Feliz. However, we do sometimes leave our neighborhoods to check out restaurants places that are “worth the drive” in Downtown LA, South Pasadena, Glendale, Koreatown, and Hollywood. Occasionally, we venture even further, but it’s rare."
Grimy Goods: "Grimy Goods is Los Angeles’ premier music lifestyle blog. Featuring the best giveaways, handpicked show & event calendars, photo galleries, original features & interviews, fashion, new music recommendations, and more — Grimy Goods is a key source of information for those of us who live a music lifestyle. From the the clothes we wear, to the bars and restaurants we frequent, and the pop culture we love to critique — music is relevant through just about every facet of our lives. Grimy Goods is here to provide an open platform for readers to celebrate that music lifestyle, connect, and keep our L.A. music community alive and well. However, we do like to get out of our comfort bubbles once in a while …"
LA Foodie: "Don't call us food critics! We are supporters of the food community. As explorers in our vast city, we are looking for the best food in L.A. and usually finding it."
LA I'm Yours: "Los Angeles, I’m Yours is a Los Angeles focused art, design, lifestyle, and culture website created and run by Kyle Fitzpatrick, Founder & Editor-In-Chief. LAIY seeks to showcase the people and the artistic passion that make the city what it is: a city of artists. Featuring everything from a look at a gallery opening to a restaurant review to mapping a local trend, we will provide a point of view of the city from the creatives that inhabit it. The site is also proud to feature interviews with local artists and tastemakers, showcasing their work and workspaces with their insight on artistic process, career, and relationship with the city. We hope to be the city’s biggest champions, to give a voice to the people, places, and things that make Los Angeles the most progressive metropolis in the United States. Los Angeles, I’m Yours is a love letter to the city, from the city. We hope you enjoy it."
Moms LA: "MomsLA talks about all the best things happening on Los Angeles including where to eat, what attractions to visit, and what people are talking about. We love exploring LA and we want to share what we’ve found with you."
Museum Stories: "Museum Stories is the "go to" blog for Los Angeles' best art museum happenings for all ages. Carefully curated by Rowanne Henry, a museum professional and mother of two, this blog is a trusted resource for busy but discerning Angelenos and out-of-town visitors."
Super Good Music: "SUPERGOODMUSIC is a great resource for discovering new LA artists, getting news about music events and festivals as well as winning free concert tickets. SUPERGOODMUSIC hosts Los Angeles, SXSW and CMJ showcases and occasionally debuts songs and artists that become the next big thing (for example - "Pumped Up Kicks"/Foster The People)."
Wanderlust in the City: "Wanderlust in the City is a New York, Toronto and Los Angeles lifestyle blog filled with food, travel, recipes, beauty and fashion."
When you think of going out to eat in Los Angeles, you think decadence, an empty wallet, and celebrity sightings. Although those features may be present, the LA restaurant scene is so much more if you know where to look. So how do you avoid the worst, and aim for the best of the area? FlipKey has you covered with our list of top restaurants to travel for in Los Angeles.
The atmosphere, the unbeatable food, the unparalleled service, and of course, the right location, put these establishments over the top and onto our list of the best restaurants worth traveling for in Los Angeles. So grab your nicest suit or dress, your credit card, and your appetite and try out each entry on our list:
Blu Jam Cafe
Brent's Delicatessen & Restaurant
Joan's on Third
The Factory Kitchen
The Griddle Cafe
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