Ford on the Road’s next stop is the Lynwood Performing Arts Center where Grandeza Mexicana Dance Academy (GMDA) will debut Un Gran Atardecer, a tribute to Mexico’s vibrant regions of Chiapas, Veracruz and Jalisco! To get ready for this leg of our journey, we asked GMDA dancer and Lynwood-native Alejandra Oregon to share some of her favorite local spots.
The show is early in the evening, so folks might want to get dinner afterwards. What are your favorite places to grab a bite?
Alejandra Oregon:Tacos Estilo Guadalajara serves some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. They’re known for their al vapor (steamed) tacos and delicious (and spicy!) habanero salsa.
Also, Chico’s Pizza Parlor is a Lynwood icon. People come from far away to get Chico’s thin crust pizza with their signature tangy sauce. The Mexican Fiesta pizza is their trademark; it trades pepperoni for chorizo and jalapeno!
We love challenging the stereotype that no one walks in LA. What’s the best place to take a stroll in Lynwood?
AO:Plaza Mexico is a unique shopping area designed to look like a Mexican pueblo. It has beautiful architecture, fountains, murals and sculptures that are inspired by the ancient city of Monte Alban.
What’s your favorite kid-friendly activity?
AO: The Lynwood Natatorium was one of my favorite places as a kid. It has an indoor, Olympic-sized pool with an enclosed sun deck. Also, kids can get in for just a dollar!
Where’s the best place to satisfy a sweet tooth?
AO: The family-owned La Favorita Bakery makes buttery vanilla and chocolate conchita breads that are the best in town.
They also bake a wide variety of Mexican breads, pastries and cakes. If you get there by 8 p.m. you can catch the bread coming straight out of the oven!
Are there any other local haunts we should check out?
AO: Tierra Mia is a really popular local coffee shop that is known for their one-of-a-kind horchata frappe and tres leches muffin!