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A Handy Guide to Cinco de Mayo Specials in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgWhile Cinco de Mayo might not be the national holiday of Mexico, it's just enough reason to get out there and celebrate the good life, Mexican-style. That means plenty of strong margaritas, near-endless servings of Mexican beer (Dos Equis, anyone?), and enough chips and salsa to last a month. There's also a number of spots that are serving good food, all the better to balance out the drinking involved with the not-so-authentic holiday. Here now, a guide to Cinco de Mayo Specials in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cinco

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7241 W. Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 910-0895
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Westchester's popular Mexican spot is going big for Cinco de Mayo, with specialty cocktails, slow-cooked barbacoa platters and tacos starting at 1 p.m. Specialty drinks include the Gardenia, made with grapefruit, cucumber, lime, honey Jimador tequila, and blackberry, for $7. A live mariachi band will play from 4-6 p.m.

2. Tortilla Republic

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616 N Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-9888
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This West Hollywood restaurant is hosting their first ever Cinco de Mayo block party from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday. The open air parking lot and El Tovar place will be transformed into an outdoor celebration. There will be food specials, margarita pitchers, buckets of beer specials, and a photo booth.

3. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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1800 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 288-6500
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This popular Sawtelle burger joint is doing some specials for the day, like the Cheeseburger Machismo with habanero cheese, bacon, spicy mayo, fried onions, and jalapeno escabeche for $13. There's also $5 margaritas, a flight of Herradura tequilas for $12, and a flight of Siete Leguas for $20.

4. Windows Lounge

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300 South Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 273-2222
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This classy lounge in Beverly Hills is doing a fun a la carte menu on both the 4th and 5th, including 3 Dos Equis, guac, chips and salsa for $25. A watermelon refresher comes made with Casamingos Silver tequila, fresh watermelon and agave. There's a dungeness crab tostada with chipotle and avocado, crispy chicken taquitos, and a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail made with avocado, cucumber, and corn chips. Churros with Mexican chocolate makes it a sweet finish.

5. Susan Fennigers Street

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6057 Selma Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Susan Feniger's STREET is hosting a Cinco de Mayo taco night, including homemade tortillas to go with carnitas, lengua, carne asada, chicken pibil, fried duck eggs, beer battered shrimp, chipotle jackfruit (for the vegans), beer batter okra and more. There will also be aguas frescas and special margaritas on deck.

6. Burger Lounge

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281 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 385-0898
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This casual burger eatery is doing a special Mexican-inspired grass-fed Lamb burger, with Asadero cheese, jalapeno relish, and housemade tomatillo green chile mayo for $10.95.

7. Rush Street

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9546 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-9546
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Cinco de Mayo starts at brunch at Rush Street, with things like carnitas breakfast burritos and street tacos on the menu. There's a $20 endless bloody mary option from 10:30 - 3:30 p.m., in addition to the live Mariachi band and Mexican beer pitcher specials.

8. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

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3525 W. Carson St. #162
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 921-6080
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In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Lazy Dog will be releasing new (and permanent) Mexican-inspired dishes like ceviche (shrimp, white fish, citrus juices), roasted pork torta (roasted pork loin, housemade chipotle orange mustard on roasted roll), chicken poblano and carne asada. They'll also have a special Watermelon tequila agua fresca and Victoria beer on draft.

9. Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill

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1724 N. Highland Ave. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2210
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This Wild West eatery in Hollywood is adding a dose of Tex-Mex to Cinco de Mayo with a special menu of quesadillas (think shrimp, caramelized onions and pepper jack) and street tacos, along with $4 margaritas and $3 bottles of Mexican beer.

10. Rosa Mexicano

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800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-6188
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This Downtown Mexican restaurant is doing a boozy brunch starting at 12 p.m. including a Mezcal Bloody Maria and Pasion Picante pitcher starring 1800 silver tequila, passionfruit, fresh lime, ginger and habanero. Food specials include chili-stuffed French toast, fried eggs and carnitas hash, shredded beef with eggs, and a Mexican Cobb salad.

11. La Cuevita

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5922 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 255-6871
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This den of a bar in Highland Park is celebrating its one year anniversary along with Cinco de Mayo, serving $5 margaritas, $5 glasses of Dos Equis with shots of tequila. There are free Elotes tacos at 5 p.m. and Last Call Tacos at 9 p.m, for the revelers that stick around.

12. Mission Cantina

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5946 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-3130
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The party runs all weekend at Hollywood's Mission Cantina. From 12 noon to 2 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, expect Mariachis, a photo booth, drink & food specials, and giveaways.

13. Hyperion Public

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2538 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 761-6440
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The festivities at this Silver Lake gastropub start on Sunday, with $5 margaritas, $3 tequila shots, $7 Mexican beer & a shot, plus some plates like Chiles en Nogada, Mac e Queso served with guacamole, salsa and crema.

14. Border Grill

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445 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 486-5171
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This expansive, swanky Mexican restaurant in Downtown's Financial District is doing a locals-friendly Cinco de Mayo fiesta lasting the better part of the weekend. Starting from Friday, there are $5 margaritas and beers, along with $5 Sonoran hot dogs and two-taco plates. On Sunday there's a live DJ on the patio and unlimited small plates for $25.

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1. Cinco

7241 W. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Westchester's popular Mexican spot is going big for Cinco de Mayo, with specialty cocktails, slow-cooked barbacoa platters and tacos starting at 1 p.m. Specialty drinks include the Gardenia, made with grapefruit, cucumber, lime, honey Jimador tequila, and blackberry, for $7. A live mariachi band will play from 4-6 p.m.

7241 W. Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045

2. Tortilla Republic

616 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

This West Hollywood restaurant is hosting their first ever Cinco de Mayo block party from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday. The open air parking lot and El Tovar place will be transformed into an outdoor celebration. There will be food specials, margarita pitchers, buckets of beer specials, and a photo booth.

616 N Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

3. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

1800 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

This popular Sawtelle burger joint is doing some specials for the day, like the Cheeseburger Machismo with habanero cheese, bacon, spicy mayo, fried onions, and jalapeno escabeche for $13. There's also $5 margaritas, a flight of Herradura tequilas for $12, and a flight of Siete Leguas for $20.

1800 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

4. Windows Lounge

300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This classy lounge in Beverly Hills is doing a fun a la carte menu on both the 4th and 5th, including 3 Dos Equis, guac, chips and salsa for $25. A watermelon refresher comes made with Casamingos Silver tequila, fresh watermelon and agave. There's a dungeness crab tostada with chipotle and avocado, crispy chicken taquitos, and a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail made with avocado, cucumber, and corn chips. Churros with Mexican chocolate makes it a sweet finish.

300 South Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. Susan Fennigers Street

6057 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Susan Feniger's STREET is hosting a Cinco de Mayo taco night, including homemade tortillas to go with carnitas, lengua, carne asada, chicken pibil, fried duck eggs, beer battered shrimp, chipotle jackfruit (for the vegans), beer batter okra and more. There will also be aguas frescas and special margaritas on deck.

6057 Selma Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Burger Lounge

281 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

This casual burger eatery is doing a special Mexican-inspired grass-fed Lamb burger, with Asadero cheese, jalapeno relish, and housemade tomatillo green chile mayo for $10.95.

281 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

7. Rush Street

9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Cinco de Mayo starts at brunch at Rush Street, with things like carnitas breakfast burritos and street tacos on the menu. There's a $20 endless bloody mary option from 10:30 - 3:30 p.m., in addition to the live Mariachi band and Mexican beer pitcher specials.

9546 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

8. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

3525 W. Carson St. #162, Torrance, CA 90503

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Lazy Dog will be releasing new (and permanent) Mexican-inspired dishes like ceviche (shrimp, white fish, citrus juices), roasted pork torta (roasted pork loin, housemade chipotle orange mustard on roasted roll), chicken poblano and carne asada. They'll also have a special Watermelon tequila agua fresca and Victoria beer on draft.

3525 W. Carson St. #162
Torrance, CA 90503

9. Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill

1724 N. Highland Ave. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This Wild West eatery in Hollywood is adding a dose of Tex-Mex to Cinco de Mayo with a special menu of quesadillas (think shrimp, caramelized onions and pepper jack) and street tacos, along with $4 margaritas and $3 bottles of Mexican beer.

1724 N. Highland Ave. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90028

10. Rosa Mexicano

800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This Downtown Mexican restaurant is doing a boozy brunch starting at 12 p.m. including a Mezcal Bloody Maria and Pasion Picante pitcher starring 1800 silver tequila, passionfruit, fresh lime, ginger and habanero. Food specials include chili-stuffed French toast, fried eggs and carnitas hash, shredded beef with eggs, and a Mexican Cobb salad.

800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. La Cuevita

5922 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042

This den of a bar in Highland Park is celebrating its one year anniversary along with Cinco de Mayo, serving $5 margaritas, $5 glasses of Dos Equis with shots of tequila. There are free Elotes tacos at 5 p.m. and Last Call Tacos at 9 p.m, for the revelers that stick around.

5922 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

12. Mission Cantina

5946 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The party runs all weekend at Hollywood's Mission Cantina. From 12 noon to 2 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, expect Mariachis, a photo booth, drink & food specials, and giveaways.

5946 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Hyperion Public

2538 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The festivities at this Silver Lake gastropub start on Sunday, with $5 margaritas, $3 tequila shots, $7 Mexican beer & a shot, plus some plates like Chiles en Nogada, Mac e Queso served with guacamole, salsa and crema.

2538 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

14. Border Grill

445 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

This expansive, swanky Mexican restaurant in Downtown's Financial District is doing a locals-friendly Cinco de Mayo fiesta lasting the better part of the weekend. Starting from Friday, there are $5 margaritas and beers, along with $5 Sonoran hot dogs and two-taco plates. On Sunday there's a live DJ on the patio and unlimited small plates for $25.

445 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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