East Los Angeles
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?
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.
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.
Tacos Baja Ensenada
5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
La Serenata De Garibaldi
1842 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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
3826 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063
La Indiana Tamales
1142 S Indiana St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
4629 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022
422 N Ford Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
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.
If you are looking for old school you might as well stay in Santa Monica and go to Gilbert's
Gilbert's El Indio
2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405