This dimly-lit Venice staple has been serving old-school Cali-Mexican dishes for well over 30 years. The dishes haven't changed a whole bunch since they opened, but you can watch them make tortillas in front of you and bottomless brunch is a real deal at $15 for an entree and bottomless mimosas. There will probably be live music whenever you go, just in case you're coming in to ward off a hangover.
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Both neighborhood hangout and special occasion spot, Charcoal is sometimes a bit confusing, but not when it comes to their very tasty food.
Scopa Italian Roots
Scopa serves very solid Italian-American food, but this Venice spot is more about having a fun night out.
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Salazar in Frogtown is a Mexican BBQ restaurant that’s teaching LA how to be its best self.
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Mexicali Taco & Co.
Home to the legendary Vampiro Taco, a meal at Mexicali Taco & Co is one of the best ways you can spend $12 in this town.
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