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7 Mexican Restaurants That’ll Make Your IG Followers Envious

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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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

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