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El Sereno

You won't mistake El Sereno for the Hollywood Hills, but it's got ample corazón and a deep sense of comunidad. Ringed by snow-capped mountains and minutes from downtown and Pasadena, it's a quiet little gem of a neighborhood. The eclectic mix of small businesses and family restaurants make it a good place to explore while you get your auto fixed. In Spanish, the name means "serene," "night air," or "night watchman" -- take your pick.

El Sereno is a multicultural grab bag of restaurants, bodegas, and funky hilltop 'hoods with downtown views. Take a right and hit up Bamboo House if you want to eat down-home Chinese. Don't miss the El Sereno Christmas and July 4th parades down Huntington Drive and, of course, the Cinco de Mayo celebration.


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La Parilla Mexicana
Whenever I want to eat a Mexican breakfast underneath an umbrella festooned with colored lights, I always stop in at La Parilla. For the longest time I didn't know this restaurant was one of a chain of four that has been showing up on best of lists for years. It has such a colorful (and I mean that literally), idiosyncratic personality that I just assumed it was one of a kind; I know for sure its huevos borrachos are one of a kind. Fried eggs on top of corn tortillas with, of course, salsa, beans and--for me--flour tortillas. The egg seeps down into the corn tortilla creating a kind of Mexican French toast. Be aware that the menu is entirely in Spanish and your server will assume that you know what you’re getting--which is okay because whatever you get will be good.

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