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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Eat Your Way Through Multicultural East L.A.


4. Insider’s Tip

See Mariachi Plaza fill up with musicians on Saturday afternoons.   

Mariachi Plaza looks forlorn and empty most days of the week, but pay a visit on early Saturday afternoons to see musicians, some decked out in snazzy, silver-studded charro suits, congregating here to find work. The plaza takes on a festive air as it fills up. You can hire mariachis for a special event (a fee of $45$65 per hour, per musician is standard), or just watch them in action at La Perla Mariachi Restaurant, on the third floor of El Mercadito (Metro: Indiana), where Saturday and Sunday performances start at noon.

Published on Jan 27, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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