Storefront Report: Boyle Heights taqueria gets ready for its Echo Park debut

Guisados owner Armando De La Torre

It was only a short time after Guisados opened in Boyle Heights that it landed a coveted spot on Jonathan Gold’s list of 99 Essential Restaurants with  tacos de guisado, handmade tortillas filled with flavorful helpings of braised meats and vegetables.  Next month, Guisados plans to open its second location with a restaurant in  Echo Park, where it is taking the former Sunset Boulevard home of La Esquinita, which has been painted a dark orange and its interior remodeled to accommodate the new tenant.

Owner Armando De La Torre said the menu of his Echo Park restaurant will mirror his original Boyle Heights location. But on weekends,  Guisados Echo Park will also serve breakfasts featuring Mexican-American comfort food. We’re talking Spam (or wienies or papas) and eggs on a tortilla.

Long term, De La Torre, who is also planning to expand into downtown with a third location next year, wants the Echo Park Guisados to stay open later and also obtain the necessary permits to serve beer and wine. “I’m really excited about this,” said De La Torre.


  1. Not Another Neighbor


  2. I liked the old place, sitting on the patio with a tall boy and huevos rancheros, and am sorry to see the mural in the rear get painted over, however
    the food was OK, not great,

    I went to Guisados last week and Mr De La Torre himself suggested I bring my bicycle inside “if I didnt have a lock”. he won a customer over simply by that statement.
    the food was also very good.

    there is still Atacor up the street for old school cheap mexican food in the neightborhood.

  3. this is the 2nd. or 3rd, time that the last fam. who was leasing this place was remove by not extend the lease, bring the customers at this place. so others have it easy,,,,

    • La Esquinita got a raw deal from the landlord (again) and Guisado’s pounced. ESQUINITA we miss you! LOTS of people boycotting until we see Esquinita friends able to open up elswehere. Hopefully, soon. They’ve been in the neighborhood a long time and are way better than Guisados.

  4. YUMMY!!! Guisados is AMAZING! Exquisite tacos. Many many veg options. This is very very exciting!!!

  5. My favorite!

  6. The spam and eggs — sounds kind of Hawaiian. Wonder if there’s a connection or if it’s just a natural combination.

  7. I love Guisados and wish them every success in Echo Park.

    Armando, Please have something on your breakfast menu that does not contain processed breakfast meat…. and something sweet. And something vegetarian. This neighborhood is full of non meat eaters. See you in January!

  8. I love Guisados! Can’t wait to visit them at their new Echo Park location.

  9. I cannot even explain how happy this makes me. It will be dangerous, though, as the new location is less than a half mile from my apartment… YUMMMMM! Can’t wait!

  10. i really hope they stay open later than the other location!! that being said I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. i can’t wait for the downtown location, but the echo park one near dodger stadium is awesome, and perfect timing for baseball season. pitchers and catchers report in a month! for more and pictures go here: http://wildfreshntasty.com/2013/01/12/guisados-echo-park/

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