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7 Places to Raise the Dead on Dia de los Muertos

Caroline at EatDrinkLA

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where families can reunite with the souls of relatives that have passed away. According to History.com, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31st to November 2nd. The Catholic faith adopted November 1st and 2nd as All Saints Day and All Souls Day, respectively. The story goes that, "the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31st for the spirits of children to rejoin their families for 24 hours while spirits of adults can do the same on November 2nd." Dia de los Muertos is meant to be a fun reunion, so in the spirit of gathering with those you love, these L.A. restaurants are serving some special ofrendas.

Gracias Madre (West Hollywood)

Vegan-friendly Gracias Madre is serving a special Dia de los Muertos-inspired cocktail called El Altar made with marigold, orgeat, mezcal, amaro, and lime. It's available now for a limited time.

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El AltarPhoto Credit: Gracias Madre

Bianca Restaurant (Culver City)

Pan de Muerto is a traditional Mexican sweet bread with a lattice on top symbolizing the bones of the departed, while the round bread represents the circle of life. Pick up yours on November 1st and 2nd with no pre-order necessary. The large serves up to 6 ($15), while the small serves up to 2 ($6).

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Pan de MuertoPhoto Credit: Bianca Restaurant

Encanto Bar and Restaurant (Los Feliz)

Encanto Restaurant has what you need to feed your spirit. Start with a thin Quesodosa burrito ($11) to pad your stomach before taking on this Mezcal Flight crafted with Siete Misterios ($21).

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Mezcal FlightPhoto Credit: Encanto Bar and Restaurant

Tallula's (Santa Monica)

Enjoy two days of a Dia de los Muertos fiesta complete with acoustic guitar, altar decorations, and specialties cocktails and dishes. Choose between a Wake the Dead cocktail with mezcal, reposado tequila, apricot liqueur, and fruit juices or an Agua Fresca de Chilacayote with black seed squash, piloncillo, cinnamon, and pineapple.

Reservations can be made here or just walk in on November 1st and 2nd starting at 4 p.m.

Broken Shaker (DTLA)

Broken Shaker is also shaking it up with marigold cocktails, from now until November 2nd. The Calaveras Bebidas ($14) features El Tesoro Blanco, Bruxo Mezcal, and blood orange juice.

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Calaveras BebidasPhoto Credit: Broken Shaker

El Pollo Loco (East Hollywood)

El Pollo Loco is celebrating Día de los Muertos by turning their East Hollywood restaurant location into an immersive experience - complete with a mural by L.A. Artist Sam Flores.

Check it out for yourself on November 1st and 2nd from 4 to 8 p.m. The address is 5319 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

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El Pollo Loco Dia de los MuertosPhoto Credit: El Pollo Loco

FIGat7th (DTLA)

The FIGat7th shopping plaza has partnered with local artist Dalila Paola Mendez, to build their Dia de los Muertos altar. It's on view now until November 2nd, and you can visit anytime the spirit moves you.

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Ofrendas AltarPhoto Credit: Figat7th

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