Five Places You Have To Try Today in East L.A.

Tortillas being made at Los Cinco Puntos

If you spent last Saturday in a tailspin of sticky margaritas and dry, chewy tortillas, you really owe yourself redemption through some of the best Mexican cuisine L.A. has to offer. Your options abound, of course, from the traditional Oaxacan gems of the Westside and perfection of KTown’s Guelaguetza to the marriage of cutting-edge culinary schooling and rooted custom at Northeast L.A.’s Cacao Mexicatessen and the inspired regional creations of South L.A.’s La Huasteca. But the options feel truly endless in East L.A., where mouth-watering names and signage beckon from every major block. Below you’ll find five must-try recommendations for guaranteed satisfaction east of the river, three pushing conventional boundaries, one that aces the art of the shrimp taco dorado, and one time-worn classic that never fails to impress. Take a look!