LOS ANGELES | Guisados Echo Park is one of five outposts of the cult taco shop that originated in Boyle Heights and, despite its expansion, has managed to keep the quality of its product high. The tacos here are considered by many to be amongst the best in LA and for good reason. Guisados translates as “stews” and the slow stewed meats here are tender, full of flavour, and form the basis of the best dishes here.
The tacos, which feature deliciously thick, made-to-order, corn masa tortillas feature variety of fillings. Highlights include the tinga de pollo (shredded chicken breast braised with tomatoes, cabbage, chorizo, chipotle, chipotle chile, and avocado), mole poblano (shredded chicken breast in a nutty Poblano style mole with with sour cream, queso fresco, red onion, and dried chile) and cochinita pibil (shredded pork cooked in a sweet, red achiote spice atop black beans, served with Yucatan compliments, pickled red onions and habanero chile).
Our suggestion is to go for the tasting plate, which gives you six mini versions of Guisados’ most popular tacos. The flavours here aren’t toned down, and all of the tacos are served with a medium level of spiciness. If you’re not a fan of heat, you can order all tacos without chilli, apart from the heat fiend favourite, the chiles toreados. Wash it all down with a tasty aqua frescas – our favourite is the Jamaica (hibiscus iced tea) and Horchata (cinnamon rice milk).
Guisados still attracts enough people to have a small line most nights of the week, but it’s worth the wait for such reasonably priced deliciousness. Oh and apart from the occasional special, the entire menu at Guisados is gluten free.
Guisados (Echo Park)
1261 W Sunset Boulevard
Mon – Thu: 10:30am to 10:00pm
Fri: 10:30am to 11:00pm
Sat: 9:00am to 11:00pm
Sun: 9:00am to 5:00pm