TACO TIME

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LA is filled with great taco joints, but when you’re ready to move beyond the standard carne asada and carnitas mainstays, take your family to Guisados. Named after the Spanish word for stew, this beloved restaurant draws hordes of hungry Angelenos for their authentic yet innovative takes on Mexican cuisine. Since everybody’s likely to have a different favorite, play it safe by ordering a couple of six-taco samplers. While you wait, don’t be surprised if a full mariachi band comes parading through the restaurant. It’s all part of the atmosphere of this festive spot, and while you chair-dance to the music, your kids will go wild for the band members’ massive decorated hats. As mysteriously as it entered, the band will leave, and all the attention will be on the generous plates of steaming-hot tacos arriving at your table, each one a culinary work of art. They all feature the restaurant’s signature homemade braises and traditional handmade tortillas, but proceed with caution, as some are far spicier than others. The kids will be fine with milder options like steak picado, pork chorizo, and seafood tacos, but look out for the fiery red peppers on the menu that mark the smoking-hot flavors of the cochinita pibil (suckling pig) and chiles torreados varieties. They’ll have you calling for another lemon-lime soda in no time. Guisados is a great place to eat before a Dodgers Game, so make a visit to this taco paradise part of your next family fun day.

Guisados

2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue Los Angeles CA 90033

(323) 264-7201

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