LOS ANGELES | Boyle Heights institution George’s Burger Stand has been serving the community with pastrami, burgers, and fries since the 1960s. In recent years it became one of those places that relied more on its reputation and nostalgia rather than quality food, but this all changed late last year when the De La Torre family, the owners and operators of Guisados, took over.
They pared back the menu, similar to the classic one that people knew and loved, replaced all frozen ingredients with fresh ones, started making sauces and the like in house, and added a few new items to the menu. Guisados is one of the best places for a taco in Los Angeles, so I knew I had to try this revived classic.
The venue looks unchanged from its original incarnation. That classic Los Angeles burger/diner architecture with a walk up counter and covered outdoor seating. A quick look at the short menu and it was a toss up between the pastrami burger and the California burrito. The California burrito won out because, burrito. Tender, flavoursome carne asada with French fries, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, and salsa roja inside a soft flour tortilla. It absolutely hit the spot.
Hot tip. Grab some of the spicy ketchup (there’s a help yourself squeeze bottle at the counter) and add a bit to each bite of your burrito. It’s delicious and adds an additional kick of heat to the burrito.
George’s Burger Stand
2311 E Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Mon – Thu: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Fri: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Sat: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Sun: 9:00am to 7:30pm