Neighborhood: Two locations, Echo Park and Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
We couldn't very well leave Los Angeles without some Mexican food, and Official Friend of DCWD Mark had just the place: best-tacos-in-LA contender Guisados.
As it turns out, we ended up at the second Guisados location, an expansion of the original's shop brought on by the success of its product. The Echo Park location sits along the roadside like a diner, a standalone spot that is set up much the same way: a large kitchen in full view, with no frills decor, behind the ordering counter. A hallway that slinks around to some indoor seating and the patio in the back, where the decor is still setting up; a mural is outlined on the brick behind a fountain. It's as relaxed and clean as can be, while still being a little bit hole-in-the-wall.
The sampler size was also perfect: just enough to make it a small one or two-bite affair, but without skimping on the filling. A guisado is a stew, and each little stewed meat was incredible, with varying degrees of heat, but all with good punches of flavor. I'd pick a favorite, but all of them melded into a wonderful oh-my-god-so-this-is-what-real-Mexican-tastes-like afternoon.
Food Rating: *** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 1.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $ (out of 5) (less than $25 for two)