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Now Open: Guisados Brings Some of the “Best Tacos” to Historic Core in Downtown LA

Guisados' third location in Los Angeles is now open located at the Broadway Spring Arcade at 541 S Spring St

Guisados’ third location in Los Angeles is now open located at the Broadway Spring Arcade at 541 S Spring St

The long anticipated opening of Guisados is finally here. The local restaurant originally from Boyle Heights opened yesterday on Monday on the ground floor of the Broadway Spring Arcade facing Spring Street in the heart of the Historic Core. Like its two other locations (Boyle Heights and Echo Park), Guisados is known for having some of the best handmade tacos in LA with delicious flavors and fillings that change regularly with traditional homestyle braises on fresh handmade tortillas. With a motto like “In Tacos We Trust,” how can you go wrong? Some of their stand out tacos include the Steak Picado and Chicharron (pork fat braised in red chili sauce) as well as the Tinga de Pollo (shredded chicken topped with avocado). And of course, what Mexican meal is complete without a sweet cup of horchata to wash the food down?

Started by father and son, Armando de la Torre Sr and Jr, the original Guisados opened on Cesar Chavez Ave in Boyle Heights in late 2010. The new downtown location replaces what used to be a discount electronics store facing Spring Street at the opening of the Broadway Spring Arcade building, which was built in 1924. At 1,200 square feet, Guisados has a capacity of up to 50 diners including a nice outdoor patio seating area located in the arcade directly next to another delectable newcomer Gelateria ULI.

The original space has gone through many different iterations from its beginning as The Owl Drug Store (the olden days equivalent to CVS, Walgreens, etc) to a seafood restaurant called Fishermans Headquarters circa 1950. The original red mosaic floors from the seafood restaurant was uncovered under a thick layer of plaster and have been restored as part of the new Guisados restaurant, including an imprint of a fish with some missing tile work that will be eventually replaced.

Guisados is open from 8 am to 10 pm M — Th, 8 am to 2 am Fri — Sat, and 8 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

For full menu, please check out Guisados online.

In Tacos We Trust greets Guisados customers at the front entrance

In Tacos We Trust greets Guisados customers at the front entrance

Once a discount electronics store, the space has been transformed into the third location for local LA chain Guisados

Once a discount electronics store, the space has been transformed into the third location for local LA chain Guisados

Guisados faces Spring Street in the Historic Core of Downtown LA

Guisados faces Spring Street in the Historic Core of Downtown LA

Guisados features local artists in their new downtown restaurant

Guisados features local artists in their new downtown restaurant

The original floors from a former seafood restaurant from the 1950s was restored after removing layers of floor coverings

The original floors from a former seafood restaurant from the 1950s was restored after removing layers of floor coverings

Outdoor patio seating in the arcade greets Guisados customers

Outdoor patio seating in the arcade greets Guisados customers

2 Comments

  1. robert gomez says

    a beautiful arcade finally being restored to its present glory

    i know you are not entirely into restoration of fountains but have you seen/visited that wall sized 2 story in bas relief – a memorial to some forgotten heroes – its a very good artwork – on broadway north close to cesar chavez – it needs to be brought back to life – it was a fountain/pool i believe – with your connections that part of dtla needs sprucing up – work on it we’ ll see what you and your connections can do with it rg

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