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7 Mexican Restaurants That’ll Make Your IG Followers Envious

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While we’re all about chasing after the elote man and tailgating taco trucks, sometimes you want something a little ~fancier.~ You know, tablecloths, candlelight, the whole thing. Luckily, Los Angeles is full of really great Mexican (and Mexican fusion) restaurants that are perfect for an elegant and beautiful sit-down dinner you won’t soon forget.

Chichen Itza

Chichen itza is to your belly what money is to Teresa, and once you’ve had a taste, nothing else will matter. The cochinita pibil, succulent pork marinated with achiote, spices, citrus, cooked in banana leaves and served with tortillas, is epic. Order what is perhaps the best horchata in Los Angeles and round out your nice night out by catching a show at the nearby Shrine Auditorium. But you’ll have to smuggle drinks in yourself, because Chichen Itza is a booze-free zone.

Chichen Itza – 3655 S Grand Ave #C6, Los Angeles

Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen

Gabbi Patrick is no ordinary cocinera. She learned to cook at her parents’ elbows and was managing two of their LA restaurants by age 17. Her creative innovations meet unchanged family recipes, like the smokey habanero salsa that’s been passed down in her family for four generations. Be sure to try Gabbi’s homemade tortillas with the Carnitas Norteñas — they’re worth journeying south on the 405 at rush hour, and that’s saying a lot. Make sure to share the experience with someone worth crossing a freeway for, too.

Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen – 141 South Glassell Avenue, Orange 

Sonoritas Prime Tacos

There’s a reason LA Weekly named theses the #1 tacos on the Westside. The charcoal grilled filet mignon and ribeye tacos will light a fire in your soul. The vegetarian taco amazes, too. And freshly spit-roasted pork on homemade tortillas with pineapple? Someone, somewhere is going to request this as a last meal. If it’s physically possible (we’re not sure), don’t overfill on tacos — the red velvet churros will round out a perfect meal.

Sonoritas Prime Tacos – 2004 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

CaCao Mexicatessen

CaCao has a wait, like, all the time, but it’s worth it. Trust. Their duck carnitas tacos and incredible homemade guac will have you melting right along with their spicy hot chocolate. You may have to wait a bit, especially when during its weekend hipster brunchness, but the complimentary rosemary water (and hipster watching) will keep you busy as you wait.

CaCao Mexicatessen– 1576 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock

Casa Vega

Killer deep-fried burritos + strong margaritas + romantic low lighting = timeless classic. It’s no wonder Sherman Oak’s Casa Vega has thrived for more than 50 years. Perhaps that’s why Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and the like can be found tucked away in one of Casa’s more private booths (perfect for movie stars and plebe dates alike).

Casa Vega – 13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks 

B.S. Taqueria

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Crunch on some chicken skin chicharrones sprinkled with lemon pepper to start, and move on to the formidable rice and bean bowl. Try as many varieties of tacos as you can. With everything from shrimp to garlic mushroom, you won’t be disappointed. Perhaps that’s because of the rich masa on which they all sit — B.S. makes chubby tortillas to order from GMO-free corn because, well, it’s LA. Go on Taco Tuesday and get way more than your money’s worth.

B.S. Taqueria – 514 W 7th St Los Angeles

Coni Seafood

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Coni Seafood’s chef Sergio Peñuelas, whom Jonathan Gold dubbed a “samurai chef” knows his way around a fish fryer like nobody else in the city. Try the tart mango ceviche marinero and their more daring delicacies, like marlin tacos and a secret stash of sea snails(!). The diablo shrimp will push you to your bliss limit, and it’s the perfect food for a romantic night out. (Just take care not to spill sauce on you or your date).

Coni SeafoodW Imperial HwyInglewood, CA 90303

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Where do you get your Mexican food fanciness? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to share on Facebook and Twitter!

Hiiii Khloe, How's Your Cuba Trip Going? Can We Chat About Something For A Sec?


Hiiii Khloe, How’s Your Cuba Trip Going? Can We Chat About Something For A Sec?

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Hi Khloe! Have you been enjoying your family trip to Cuba? It’s a beautiful country, right? Minus its problems with infrastructure and its obstacles to quick and useful internet access, of course. I could see how that would be kind of annoying for a family so in tune with social media. But, hey, how about that super glamorous Chanel show in Havana! Nothing like an iconic Chanel jacket to go with your Che-chic beret, as Gisele Bünchen and I always say. What could it cost? Like, 25 bucks or so?

Anyway, apparently “the internet” is mad (when is it not lol) at you for a picture you recently posted on Instagram. This one, specifically:

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Havana 🇨🇺

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I have some questions!

  1. Can I steal your hat? I want it.
  2. Do you think pastels and neutrals are going to be in for much longer? I’ve been feeling this, like, burnt sienna velourgoth semi-punk Tumblr-famous bb grl vibe lately, but am not sure if that’s, like, a faux-pas/not quite right for summer. Thoughts?
  3. What are you doing?

I’m not mad at you, Khloe, for the record. (I know you were concerned about that!) I think you’re funny, I like you, you make me laugh, and I think you’re problematic as hell. People contain multitudes, we both know that.

I also think a lot of people who aren’t Cuban don’t really take the time to learn or care about Cuba, and I suspect this is true for most countries and cultures. That doesn’t make me sad or upset; it’s just sort of the way things are, you know? Like, you probably know a lot more about the Calabasas Jamba Juice than I do, because it’s your culture and more meaningful to you than it is to me.

Anyway! I think Fidel Castro was a really bad leader who has created a culture of suppression when it comes to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. I do think things are getting marginally better in Cuba, and that makes me really happy. Nonetheless — and this is putting it charitably — Fidel strikes me as a questionable name to pose under.

I think we’re at a point now, Khloe, where it would be cool to see celebrities and other influential people with giant platforms and fanbases to learn more about Cuba, its people, its history and its present. I don’t expect everyone who delves into this to agree with me. But, as Cuba increasingly becomes (yet again) a focus of U.S. fascination, it’s worth knowing that it’s a place with an often painful, fraught history, and not merely a backdrop for American movies and photoshoots. Just something to think about when you open DASH: Camagüey or maybe consider partaking in a little Argentine revolutionary cosplay.

Again, love the hat!

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What do you think about Khloe’s hat? I mean, her pose. Let us know!

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