Tuesday, October 8, 2013

National Taco Day at Guisados Boyle Heights

2100 E Cesar Chavez Ave
Los AngelesCA 90033
(323) 264-7201
Guisados on Urbanspoon

Oct 4th was National Taco day, what better way to celebrate than to hit up one of the most highly praised taco joints in town. Guisados, first introduced to to my friend and I through the Vice show FOB with Eddie Huang. Not gonna lie, the tacos looked bomb. We venture out to the streets of Boyle Heights to pay homage to the taste that is, East LA.

Now Guisados is Spanish for "stews." Unlike most tacos in LA that is cooked on a grill or griddle, Guisados' methods brings out the natural glutamate in the proteins what is commonly known as "umami."

My friend and I both got the 6 tacos sampler for $6.99. It's usually the top six tacos on the board. Which are...steak picado, bistek en salso roja, tinga, mole poblano, cochinita pibil, chicharron. My personal favorite was the Chicharron. Pork skin reduced to gelatinous tender pieces with a drip of salsa verde. It's to die for. My friend loves chocolate, the obvious favorite was the Mole poblano. It's not too sweet, hints of chocolate, and the cream sauce ties it together perfectly.

The one that stood out was the Cochinita Pibil. Had a little bit. It wasn't super spicy. But if you aren't used to spicy food, this will is a kicker. Now I'm curious to try the Chiles Toreados. That one is rated at THREE CHILLY SIGNS!?! 

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