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Boyle Heights Mexican restaurant comes to DTLA Arcade building

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 09:10AM
via Guisados Facebook page

One of Guisados carnitas tacos. The store plans to open another location in DTLA.

Boyle Heights' family-owned Guisados Mexican restaurant will soon be serving up their Tinga de Pollo tacos and Mole Poblano Tamales from a new location at the Broadway Spring Arcade. Councilman José Huizar announced the addition to Downtown L.A. on Tuesday.

"This will be a big hit and will really complement the other eateries in the neighborhood," he said in a statement. "It's exciting to see all the great changes happening through our Bringing Back Broadway initiative."

This initiative, aimed at restoring Downtown's Broadway Theater District, has been one of Huizar's largest and most highlighted efforts. It includes the renovation of Clifton's, the debut of Umamicatessen and incoming retailers such as Ross Dress for Less.

Now, Guisados has signed a lease for a 1,185-square-foot space inside the historic building at 539 S. Spring Street. The restaurant has even caught the attention of Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold. His review of the Boyle Heights space published in the L.A. Weekly reads:

In the year or so it's been open, Guisados has established itself as the essential restaurant in the neighborhood, a hangout for the doctors from the local hospitals by day and for local families by night, a place where teenagers come in to get just one perfect taco of griddled shrimp with tamarind or diced pork chops in a mellow green sauce.

Guisados owner Armando De La Torre said that Downtown is "the most exciting place in the city right now."

"We can't wait to bring Guisados to the community and be a part of he revitalization," De La Torre added.

Guisados current menu includes tacos, tamales and aguas frescas as well as an extensive list of veggie-friendly tacos, from Calabacitas (squash) to Chiles Torreados (serrano peppers cooked with onions), which is marked as the spiciest thing on the menu. But the restaurant is best known for their braises -- meaty, juicy stews wrapped in homemade corn tortillas.


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