Peak & Elm
Why it's great: It's got history, with a nearly century-old trolly line running next to it, and it's got three generations' worth of crazy-good tamales.
What to bring: That beer the really interesting guy with the beard doesn't always drink, but does prefer. Unless you're there on a Friday, of course, when the play is to bring nothing at all, because they roll out FREE MARGARITAS, because they love you. And can't legally sell them to you (but mostly the love thing).