My wedding anniversary celebratory weekend continues Saturday afternoon. First, we dropped the kids off to friends who were gracious enough to host an afternoon playdate at their home. Next, the hubby and I headed to West Hollywood so that we can finally enjoy a casual lunch together at Guisados, a local restaurant chain that serves delicious braised meat over handmade corn tortillas. Afterward, we planned to check out Guillermo del Toro’s At Home with Monsters temporary exhibit at LACMA.
Guisados boasts traditionally prepared Mexican stews and masa, originated in the family’s Boyle Heights upbringing. Now on its fourth location (there are also storefronts located in Echo Park and Downtown Los Angeles), Guisados has blessed the Westsiders with its delicious take on homecooked Mexican meals.
While placing our order, I noticed that artwork adorned the walls of this West Hollywood restaurant. Upon further sleuthing, I learn that all four Guisados locations host The Featured Artist Program, wherein local artists are invited to submit their works for consideration to be on display at one of its restaurants. To help them get recognized in the community, Guisados hopes that this public forum would aid in the artists ultimately becoming successful ones. This Guisados location featured works by East Los Angeles artist, Ray Young Chu.
I ordered the Steak Picado and the Bistek en Salsa Roja while hubby ordered the 7 mini-taco sampler. Of course, we treated ourselves to the house sangria because, after all, we are celebrating 15 years!
The tacos were delicious! Fresh, flavorful and aromatic, it was difficult to choose “the best” of the bunch. However, we both decided on ordering a second serving of Cochinita Pibil, Guisados’ shredded pork prepared with red achiote spice and served with black beans, pickled red onions and habanero chili. Spicy but well worth the heat.
Have you been to Guisados yet? If so, what’s your favorite braised taco?
8935 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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