On May 5, 1862, in the town of Puebla, Mexico, a bunch of ornery Mexican soldiers took fate into their own hands and held their ground against the much larger, better equipped invading French army. Against all odds, the smaller band of Mexican soldiers won the battle, etching the unlikely yet glorious victory in the history books as the Battle of Puebla or better known as Cinco de Mayo. In honoring our neighbors south of the boarder, we in Los Angeles are more than happy to partake in the celebration by eating and drinking all things Mexican. Looking for a place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Check out these top five Los Angeles restaurants.
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La Noche Buena Restaurant
12 Olvera St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
One way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is to eat large amounts of food with cheap prices, and La Noche Buena Restaurant offers both. Whether you order the huarache de chicharron, the noche buena special B (choice of meat taco, tamale, taquito, rice and beans), the combo C (choice of meat tamale, enchilada, taquito, rice, and beans) or any of the letters in between, you’ll definitely feel very Mexican. Don’t forget to top off your meal with a horchata or champurrado. This spot is very small so getting your feast ‘to-go’ is a likely plan B.
7470 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
At Antonio’s Restaurant, the eats aren’t cheap but they certainly are good. Just ask any number of celebrities who have been seen there (the entire cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” Johnny Depp, Chris Walken and Pam Anderson, just to name a few). Usually closed on Mondays, Antonio’s is not only making an exception for Cinco de Mayo (which happens to fall on a Monday), but has planned a Cinco de Mayo weekend event with Antonio’s Tequila Girls, food and drink specials, live music and a Mariachi band for the 5th.
3337 1/2 W 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Sabores Oaxaquenos is hard to miss with its cotton candy pink awning with blue lettering, but once you’ve dined there, it will be equally hard to forget. Doors open for breakfast at 8am so you can start your Cinco de Mayo celebration first thing with huevos revueltos con jamon (scrambled eggs with ham); salsa de chorizo verde o roja (oaxacan sausage served in green or red sauce); salsa de chicharron verde o roja (fried pork skin served in green or red sauce); or any of the other breakfast items. With the extensive selection of mole and fresh fish dishes, you’ll probably be back for lunch, and dinner.
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Taqueria Los Anaya
4651 W Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
At Taqueria Los Anaya, you will find a wide variety of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, sopes, flautas, taquitos, enchiladas, ensaladas and sopas – all delicious things needed to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The prices are reasonable so if you wanted to try your first cactus taco, here’s the place to do it. Established in 1983 by three brothers from Guadalajara who learned from their father “a plate is never too full,” Taqueria Los Anaya is definitely a place to be this 5th of May. Want your Cinco de Mayo or other event catered? Taqueria Los Anaya will happily accommodate any celebration.
10227 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Adding a little Salvadoran flavor to your Cinco de Mayo fiesta is a delicious decision if you choose to do it at Gloria’s Café. This Mexican-Salvadoran fusion adds the perfect little savory twist on all of your favorite traditional Mexican dishes. Customer favorites include the carne adobada, bistec encebollado, camarones al mojo de ajo and the plato tipico. But this year, Cinco de Mayo specials will be better than last year with agave margaritas and other festive surprises.Related: Best Nachos in Los Angeles
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