It doesn't get more authentic than our favorite Mexican restaurant on all of Olvera! Order the Tortilla Soup or Lamb Barbacoa, and you'll never have an urge for Chipotle again! Don't forget to hit up the ATM either — cash is key so you can tip mariachis who will undoubtedly hit you up for a serenade ("Cuando Calienta El Sol" or anything by Carlos Santana are great requests for anyone too mortified to ask for "La Bamba!")
17 Olvera Street (near North Main Street); 213-628-4349.
Las Perlas, 101 East 6th Street (near South Spring Street); 213-988-8355.
Mexicali, 702 North Figueroa Street (near Bartlett Street); 213-613-0416.
Mas Malo, 515 West 7th Street (between Grand Avenue and Olive Street); 213-985-4332.