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Your Guide to the Guides: Cinco De Mayo

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It's May 5th, and you have a thirst for celebration, Mexican-style. But where to go? What to do? We'll break down the lists and roundups inundating the webosphere in our Guide to the Guides: Cinco De Mayo.Know the Basics
Totally uncertain what Cinco de Mayo is about? Not sure how to celebrate? Fear not, grasshopper. Start with some fun facts, including that Cinco de Mayo is more popular in the US than in Mexico, Mexican Independence Day is actually in September, and Vancouver, Canada is home to an unusual Cinco de Mayo tradition. You can dazzle your friends with this info when you meet up to celebrate here in Los Angeles. And if how to do that stumps you, we feel a little sorry for you, but can direct you to the eHow page for this very matter. Hint: Go out and eat and drink.

Food and Drink
If you're venturing out to eat tonight at a Mexican restaurant, be prepared for crowds and chaos. That said, the LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog has a respectable roundup of beloved restaurants, like perennial faves El Cholo, El Compadre, Loteria, and more. One guide you can skip, though, is the poorly curated Ole!: The Haute 5 Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles which, despite being published on the Haute Living blog, features delicious but totally non-gourmet picks, including a couple the Squid Ink-ers cover. For the basics of restaurants and margaritas (and a few bonus event listings) hit up Citysearch.