This two-story, hacienda-style restaurant debuted in 1968 and remains open 365 days a year near Santa Monica’s eastern border. The space features art-lined yellow walls, wood beams strung with Christmas lights, and a family seal that tells the story of Lares, a family of nobles from Portugal and Spain. Sure, they’ve got burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas, but you’re better off exploring the menu section titled “famous dishes of the South,” which includes steak picado, lengua en chile verde, and chuletas adobadas -- “pickled” pork chops with refried beans and rice.
Best regular burritos: Lupes #2
This open-air burrito stand from the late, great Lupe has been family-run in East LA since 1972, which seems prescient, since it’s now near a Gold Line stop, the 710... and a Serbian Cemetery. People pile into red cushioned stools and picnic tables to score 12 kinds of burritos, including basic bean and cheese, panic-inducing red beef that tastes like its engulfed in flames, and a California burrito that combines beans and cheese with steak, guac, sour cream, and... wait for it... french fries.