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I am a New Yorker visiting for Memorial Day weekend.

My hotel is in Santa Monica but I want to explore the "famous" L.A. neighborhoods.

What are some good places to eat in East L.A. that might be open on a Sunday? What are some items that will be on the menus that are authentic Mexican e.g. stuff I could never get in New York?

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  1. You can order just about anything at Moles La Tia.Try the mancha manteles, a mole from Oaxaca that you won't find anywhere else in LA.

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    1. re: streetgourmetla

      Oops, forgot.Tonight at 7PM you can go to Breed St. at Cesar Chavez and experience a vital Mexican street food scene. I would do this and Moles La Tia.Try Nina's on Breed for a sope, quesadilla,pambazo, or gordita.

      1. re: streetgourmetla

        Some of the stuff at Breed is similar to what you can score at the Redhook soccer field. It's not exact but similar still worth checking out.

        Hopefully the Barbacoa guys are serving when you are there.

        1. re: streetgourmetla

          is this a nightly/weekly thing or an annual thing. In LA in June for 5 days and street food scene is of particular interest to me to experience "local cuisine"

          1. re: jmdhsmiami

            It's a daily thing, but all the stands are there on the weekends. I recommend a Sunday night, but sure that Saturday is fine too. I always go on Sunday around 7 PM and stay for hours.

      2. Two of the best in East L.A. are El Tepyac and La Serenata De Garibaldi. There are two La Serenata's on the Westside, but the original is the best. THey have great seafood with all different sauces and fresh soups made daily. They also have beef and chicken.

        El Tepyac is great for burritos and tacos, etc. I love their machaca, get a side order of taquitos that comes with a large portion of machaca. We just started ordering their chiliquiales (spelling?) and it is good. You can always get one of manuels special.

        I don't have the email addresses but if you check them out here you can find them easily.

        1. Two of my favorite places are Tacos Baja Ensenada, for absolutely wonderful fish and shrimp tacos, and Mi India Bonita, for great al bondigas, chili verde and pozole. Teresitas is also very good generally, and the flautas and avacado salsa at Ciro's are great. I also agree with paprkutr's recommendations -- El Tepyac is wonderful, old school, and has a great feeling about it, and LSDG has very good, very refined Mexican seafood. If you're hankering for tamales, La Indiana and Liliana's are both excellent. (You'll have to eat in your car or back at your hotel though; don't think either place has tables.) Finally, to wash everything down after, I highly recommend a homemade raspado (sort of a Mexican snowcone) at Raspados Zacatecas.

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          Tacos Baja Ensenada
          5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

          La Serenata De Garibaldi
          1842 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

          Ciro's
          705 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

          Mi India Bonita
          4731 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

          El Tepeyac Cafe
          812 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

          Teresitas
          3826 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

          La Indiana Tamales
          1142 S Indiana St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

          Tamales Lilianas
          4629 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

          Zacatecas Raspados
          422 N Ford Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          1. Machaca plate at El Tepeyac with a side order of 2 taquitos with guacamole. Moles La Tia, excellent! La Serenita & Breed St also great ideas.

            1. If you are looking for old school you might as well stay in Santa Monica and go to Gilbert's

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              Gilbert's El Indio
              2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

              1. Oaxacan - Moles
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                La Tia - Boyle Heights - (already mentioned above) Sunday - 8 am to 8:30 pm. Blog:

                http://pleasurepalate.blogspot.com/20...

                http://www.moleslatia.com

                Yucatan - Mayan
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                Chichen Itza - Downtown-ish - Sunday 11:30 am to 9 pm - Large Blog review:

                http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/2009/03...

                http://www.chichenitzarestaurant.com

                La Flor de Yucatan - Mayan Bakery - Sunday 7 am to 7 pm.
                I haven't been yet, but I think they have more/regular food options on the weekend ? Take away only ?

                http://www.laflordeyucatan.net

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                Gilbert's - Santa Monica - While I like this place for what it is, NYC has got to have places very similar. So I would diffently exculde it from your Only-in-LA-not-in-NYC options.

                1. Ciro's - pretty much everything

                  Tacos Michoacan - al pastor, carne asada, and cabeza tacos (great salsa)

                  1. El Tepeyac

                    Ciro's for the Flautas or the Carne Asada. Their avocado salsa is pretty awesome. It's down home Mexican food. Reminds me of eating at my tia's house

                    1. Thanks so much guys! I will report on how it works out.