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J.T will be back with more critical commentary on Quartz in September, but for now, it’s time to enjoy L.A. on some ‘time off’. </:)

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El Gran Burrito (The Godly Burrito)

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El Gran Burrito is arguably East Hollywood’s greatest Mexican restaurant, and at over twenty years at Vermont and Santa Monica, one of the neighborhood’s longest lasting franchises, ever. The reason? Your favorite bean and cheese burritos go for $5, while scrumptious tacos sell for $1.25; all made fast, easy, and flawlessly.

From there, El Gran offers all the popular Mexican classics from enchiladas for the sauce buffs to nachos for cheese lovers.

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Cafe 50’s: East Hollywood Delight

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Cafe 50’s, right off of North Vermont across the street from L.A. City College

It was just one of those days, where the only appropriate response to the sudden return of the heat was slurpin’ on a milk-shake. Fortunately for me, Cafe 50’s had me covered! But the bedecked hangout didn’t just offer a whopping array of milk-shakes; it also treated me to a scrumptious bite of Hollywood artwork without the side of testy tourist traffic.

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