Monday, February 04, 2013

Guisados Echo Park: New on the near-Eastside

Cochinita pibil (pork), left; camarones (shrimp), right

Since Guisados opened in Boyle Heights exactly two years ago, the slightly adventurous eaters have all made pilgrimages to the slow-stewed assertively-spiced meats packed into housemade tortillas. But for many of us, it wasn't convenient as an everyday spot. Guisados' new Echo Park location, on the cusp of Downtown, has changed that equation so that it's now easy to work one's way all the way down the list of tacos. For those not used to guisados, these aren't the familiar grilled meat tacos dished out at trucks and tables, with bits of meat seared to a crisp and folded into an often-indifferent tortilla. Instead, guisados are lovingly-simmered stews in which the spices at their base, the accompanying vegetables and meats slowly cook together into a saucy harmony. The vegetarian fillings are equally flavorful, and if the shrimp tacos probably can't stew as long as the meats and still stay tender, their sauce will take on that duty.
chicken tinga, bistek en salsa roja, cochinita pibil
The former La Esquinita restaurant is fairly spacious, with plenty of seating inside and a large patio out back. For now only tacos and mini-taco samplers are available, along with a good variety of fresh fruit aguas. If it's anything like the Boyle Heights location, there will be specials too, like tamales, chorizo quesadillas and more. You'll want to try as many kinds as possible, though I prefer the full-size tacos to the sampler plate. Start with fiery Bistek en Salsa Rojo and Cochinita pibil topped with pickled onions for the classic Guisados experience. Then branch out into Calabacitas (squash), tangy Camarones (Shrimp with pepper strips), and Chicken tinga.
Guisados is also opening soon on Spring St. Downtown, fortifying the veritable taco trail from East L.A. to Echo Park, by way of Mexicali on Figueroa.
1261 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park

(213) 250-7600


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nahidworld said...

wow,very testy food.i do not wait for looks like Mexican cuisine food.i like this food very much.