Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Rate-A-Restaurant #327: Guisados (Boyle Heights)


Restaurant: Guisados

Location: 2100 East Cesar E Chavez Ave. (Boyle Heights)

Type of restaurant: Tacos


We stipulated: While riding my bike on Sunday's CicLAvia, I knew I wanted to stop and some point and refuel with some tasty tacos. Guisados fit the bill.

They stipulated: "Born in Boyle Heights in December 2010, Guisados set out to serve homestyle braises on handmade corn tortillas made to order from the fresh ground masa next door at Carnitas Uruapan. We created a simple menu, one which reminded us of home and how mom spent her afternoons. It’s that same feeling that we try to put into every bite—it’s simply how we ate."


What we ordered: The 6 mini taco sampler platter ($6.99): Mole Poblano (Shredded chicken breast in a nutty Poblano style Mole. Served with sour cream, queso fresco, red onion and dried chile); Tinga de Pollo (Shredded chicken breast braised with tomatoes, cabbage and chipotle chile. Served with chipotle chile and avocado); Chorizo (Mexican sausage en su jugo served with red onion, green serrano chile and chile arbol atop black beans); Cochinita Pibil (Shredded pork cooked in a sweet, red achiote chile atop black beans. Served with Yucatan compliments, Pickled red onions and habanero chile. Taco defaults at a 3 on scale of 1-10); Hongos con Cilantro (Mushrooms cooked with cilantro and onions. Served with green serrano chile and queso fresco).


High point:  That $6.99 platter is quite a great deal -- and the tacos are as tasty as they look.

Low point:  I can't say there was any, other than the long line -- but given the crowds for CicLAvia, that was understandable.


Overall impression: I won't step into the gentrification debate here. But I will say Guisados is another great reason to visit Boyle Heights, and I think exploring your city is a good thing -- it's the entire point of this blog!

Will we return: Absolutely! Many many times. #InTacosWeTrust

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