Cocktail Issue: Jonathan Gold's guide to drinking and more
Food Daily Dish

Guisados tacos opens in downtown Los Angeles' Spring Arcade

'Homestyle braises on homemade tortillas' as Guisados hits downtown Los Angeles
Because you can always use another really great taco stand

There must be hundreds of restaurants selling tacos in downtown Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t have known it from the lines at the new Guisados that opened this week in the rapidly transforming Spring Arcade.

Tuesday, the line was constantly at a couple of dozen people from noon until at least 2 p.m. And folks who live in the area said that was short compared to yesterday.

Part of a local mini-chain that started in Boyle Heights, Guisados is based on the idea of simple tacos featuring freshly made corn tortillas and small portions of carefully made stews and other fillings. As the sign says: “Homestyle braises on homemade tortillas.”

The exact mix of fillings changes regularly, so frequent visits are encouraged. You won’t find carnitas or carne asada. Instead, there might be chuleta en chile verde – cubes of pork simmered in a tomatillo sauce – or chicharron – strips of silky pork fat braised in a red chile sauce.

There are also several vegetarian offerings. Hongos is mushrooms sauteed with onion and cilantro. There are vegetarian black beans topped with salty dry queso anejo, and calabacitas – zucchini braised with corn and fresh chiles.

To drink, there are aguas frescas – again changing regularly, but usually lemonade, melon, horchata (which can be spiked with coffee), and tamarindo. There’s also a very good, very refreshing Armando Palmero made with lemonade and tamarindo.

Prices are reasonable – tacos run $2.50 to $2.75 and there’s a terrific sampler platter of botana-sized tacos featuring six tastes for $6.

And when you’re done, you’re conveniently right next door to Gelateria Uli, which makes some of the creamiest ice creams in town. It’s like they planned it.

Guisados, 541 S. Spring Street, Unit 101, Los Angeles, (213) 627-7656,

Are you a food geek? Follow me on Twitter @russ_parsons1

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • It's all happening at The Times' Taste over Labor Day weekend

    It's all happening at The Times' Taste over Labor Day weekend

    Great food from restaurants such as Girasol, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Fishing with Dynamite, Border Grill, and Chichén Itzá, cooking demonstrations from famous chefs including James Beard Chef of the Year Nancy Silverton, esteemed pastry chef Karen Hatfield from Hatfield’s, and rising star Bruce...

  • Tackling global issues by targeting food waste

    Tackling global issues by targeting food waste

    What's the point of worrying about organic food, genetically modified organisms, locally sourced items and fair trade if more than a third of it will simply go to waste? Discarded food is a serious issue, and it's garnering attention from a variety of places. Statistics are stunning: Approximately...