To say that the West Side is a melting pot type of neighborhood is an understatement. Just about every ethnicity calls this area home. This makes for a mixed bag of cuisine from all over the world. The West Side is close to downtown and just as close to some major commercial and shopping areas. District del Sol is one of the major retail centers of the West Side. There are exhibits of art by local artists and it is home to the annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, the largest Latino and Hispanic event in the state. You'll also find some of the best Mexican restaurants in the area here. Smith Avenue has a mix of commercial activity. There are businesses that have been there for ages, residential homes, and unique retail shops on this street that has scenic views of the skyline downtown and the valley of the Mississippi River. Another place that has a mix of eclectic shops is Stryker George.