Summers are all about proximity to water. Going to the beach, busting open a fire hydrant, laying down the Crocodile Mile. But if you live on the eastside of Los Angeles, you’re at least two freeways and one construction project that ends in “-mageddon” away from the ocean. Your water options include: Echo Park Lake, which they drained last year and found a couch in the middle of, or the Silver Lake Reservoir, with its look-but-don’t-touch chain link fencing. On particularly hot days you’ll find dirty joggers clinging to the wires, desperately screaming out “Avenge me!” to the untouched reservoir.
If you can’t get to the water, perhaps the next best bet is a seafood taco or two. Shrimp, fish, crab, and lobster are all represented in the eastside taco sphere in abundance, with Best Fish Taco in Ensenada and Ricky’s Fish Taco as the primary examples. Just down Sunset Blvd., though, El Siete Mares offers a less perfected mariscos experience at a fraction of the price.