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Food

5 Great Mexican Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo

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The fifth day of the fifth month means celebration time for anyone with ties to Mexico, or an affinity for international holidays that involve hard liquor and good food. Here in LA, Cinco de Mayo is a hugely popular Fiesta time, and with the holiday landing on a Thursday, there's sure to be celebrations running through the weekend. In honor of 05/05/05, LAist would like to mention 5 great Mexican restaurants where you can get the eating portion of your party on. And, like we have been doing for the past couple of weeks, we ask you to holler out an "Ole!" on behalf of your own favorite. (Just don't dare mention Studio City's Mexicali; we hate that place with the fiery passion of a thousand suns.) In any event: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Uno: Casa Vega Great food with an even better atmosphere. The dark ambience makes this Valley haunt a good place to get drunk at lunchtime. (Not that we've ever done that. Ahem.) 13301 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks.

Dos: El Compadre boasts a Flaming Margarita, a colorful and cozy atmosphere, and hosts a younger, trendier crowd. Great drinks and great food. 7408 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

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Tres: Los Feliz's Mexico City has long been a favorite of ours and many people we know, who flock there for savory dishes and their outstanding guacamole. 2121 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles.

Quatro: We hear endless raves about Temple City's Casa del Rey--their authentic cooking, their stellar guacamole, and their flavorful beans make this far flung spot often talked about when the topic of great Mexican food comes up. 9100 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City.

Cinco: We're going a little off-track here, but it's worth every divergent step. Feniger and Milliken's Border Grill is more than an restaurant, it's a destination. The food is inventive, bold, and delicious, the drinks are killer (a pitcher of their Sangria for the table is a must), and the modern, vibrant atmosphere makes any occasion a festive one. 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica.

Did we miss any? Disagree with our picks? Sound off before you've had too many margaritas, mind you--no one likes a sloppy comment. Happy Cinco de Mayo!