Hoping to Pick Up a Gig in Mariachi Plaza, Los Angeles, California
Perched just outside downtown LA, Boyle Heights is a decidedly Latino ‘hood, and Mariachi Plaza is named for the musicians who hang around on the corner in full costume, hoping to pick up a gig. Woeful tenors roll out over the rich tones of the guitarrón, and the silver threads running down their embroidered sleeves sparkle in LA’s eternal sunshine. You can try on a spangled jacket for size at one of the dress shops and strum inlaid guitars in the back room of Candelas (where Ozomatli gets theirs). If lunchtime rolls around and you still don’t have a gig, head to King Taco. This place puts every part of the animal on the menu, and the cabeza (head) makes a surprisingly tasty taco.