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.