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Cielito Lindo

Mexican

Downtown LA

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Cielito Lindo is a colorful food stand on Olvera Street that looks like a fake cantina from the set of Zorro or any other Mexican historical drama. However, this Downtown spot has been open since the early 1930s, which makes it a piece of literal history instead of a stand that just looks like one. You come to Cielito Lindo for the specialty: crispy, golden-brown beef pan-fried taquitos covered in their famous tangy avocado salsa. It’s a simple, quick snack that delivers when you need a little something between meals. And while they might be the perfect bite while you're shopping for ceramic bowls on Olvera Street, these taquitos also double as a nearly century-old symbol of LA's Mexican-American community and its deep roots that run through the city. Our suggestion: skip the refried beans and order the two taquito combo, which comes with a spinach and cheese tamale (double the carbs, double the salsa). 

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