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Ride the Gold Line in East LA: Latinland USA

Submitted by on October 8, 2011 – 1:00 am11 Comments

Ride the Gold Line through East LA to see vibrant and fun Latin culture.

This essay is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month series, Latinland USA, a Tiki Tiki guide of Latin-flavored city sites across the country.

Nicole Presley Presley's PantryBy Nicole Presley

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month I decided to step right outside of my door, and catch the Gold Line. The Metro Gold line Eastside Extension opened in November 2009 and travels all through East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, one of Los Angeles’ most concentrated Latino communities.

With a high population of Latinos in this area comes some amazing food, a gorgeous mercado and tons of culture.

All the businesses featured in this guide either are located right off the Gold line or one block north of a Gold line stop.

mariachi plaza east LA

Mariachi Plaza

First stop: Mariachi Plaza

Enjoy live Mariachi music in the plaza, grab a mixed drink at Eastside Luv, and have some outstanding Mexican mariscos at La Serenta de Garibaldi.

El Mercado de Los Angeles

Indiana stop: El Mercado de Los Angeles

Next Stop: Indiana

Evergreen Cemetery is the resting place to many Los Angeles’ mayors, El Mercado de Los Angeles, see photo above, is the marketplace to pick up all Latino products, Cinco Puntos can’t be beat for the BEST carnitas in all of Los Angeles, and Liliana’s Tamales is great.


Maravilla, East LA

Maravilla: Look for King Taco or El Gallo Bakery.

Last Stop: Maravilla

An East LA favorite is King Taco, or try Lupe’s 12 kinds of Burritos for a taste of old East Los, or take a walk to El Gallo Bakery for a delicious array of Pan Dulce.

Y Tu?

Do you have a favorite Latin spot in Los Angeles?

All photos taken by Mando Lopez and Nicole Presley.

Nicole Presley, a Tiki Tiki contributor, writes an original recipe food blog called Presley’s Pantry from her home in East Los Angeles. Apart from working on her blog everyday, she dedicates her time to raising her 2-year-old with her fiance, and dotes on her Mother. 

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