We were certainly sad to see the original Santa Monica location bite the dust, but the downtown Border Grill is still going strong, and it’s time to take advantage. The large, Financial District location definitely gives off a corporate vibe, but the food holds up. Everything from their ceviche to their carnitas tacos to their skirt steak is worth ordering, and the vibe inside is always very relaxed. And at $30 for unlimited tapas and $8 bottomless mimosas, their brunch situation is very serious.
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Pez Cantina is a downtown Mexican seafood restaurant with solid food and an excellent Happy Hour.
Orsa & Winston
Orsa & Winston is an Italian-Japanese restaurant in DTLA that’s just as good for a casual lunch as it is for a special occasion dinner.
Birdies is a downtown fried chicken sandwich and donut shop and open 24/7 on the weekends. You’re welcome.
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Chori-Man in San Pedro serves huge and delicious breakfast burrito stuffed with LA’s best chorizo.
Tire Shop Taqueria
This taco spot in South Park doesn’t really have a name, but everyone calls it Tire Shop Taqueria, and they make excellent carne asada.
Maestro is a modern Mexican joint in Pasadena with a menu that’s so full of delicious dishes it’ll give you Übermenufreude.
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