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Feb 27, 2014 01:15 AM

Is Guisados really that great?

I don't know.

Does anyone actually eat the chili toreados taco? I found it to be a pointless exercise in heat for heat's sake. No flavor really, just lots of heat. Not, for example, like the sumptuous grilled habenero salsa at Chichen Itza, which deeply rewards you for your efforts.

I keep giving Guisados more opportunities, but nothing ever really wows me. The tortillas are ok, but a bit on the stiff side. The stews just don't distinguish themselves enough.

Does anyone else feel it's too gimmicky? Or overrated?

Seems to me like I prefer the tortillas, fillings, and overall experience much more elsewhere.

Maybe I'm just ordering the wrong stews? (Clearly the chills were just off-the-charts-wrong...but maybe someone really does like them?)

I ate at Colonia Taco Lounge, and things were at least a little better in terms of balancing of flavors in the tacos. Maybe more effort is going there these days...

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  1. Which location did you go to? I've heard there's been some variation of quality at the Sunset location.

    As for me, I really enjoy Guisados. But then, I only get two things there. The shrimp taco (full size) and a stolen chicken tinga taco from the hubby's sampler plate. Both are balanced, tasty and I'd make the drive just for them.

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    1. re: happybaker

      Have only ever been the Boyle Heights location.

      idk, maybe the textures are just not my preference, or maybe I just like meats as opposed to stews.

      Maybe I haven't tried enough of the vegetables.

      Guess I'm just not sure what others see in them exactly, at least that is good enough to be worth going out of the way for.

    2. I agree with you to a certain degree... I GREATLY prefer Colonia. However, I do still love to go to Guisados... I find their Chorizo taco one of the best bites in L.A. and I ADORE their veggie tacos... especially the mushroom.


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      1. re: Dommy

        I like the calabacitas one as well.

        1. re: Dommy


          I guess I prefer my chorizo with eggs. I thought it was ok though.

          I probably liked the quesadilla the most out of everything last time.

          But the bacon and cheese taco at Colonia is like an amped up version of the quesadilla that kind of destroys it =P

          1. re: Dommy

            What do you grab at Colonia ???????

          2. No surprise that Colonia is better, since the culinary half of Guisados is running that now.

            But I still like Guisados a lot.

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              1. re: kevin

                What word did your phone autocorrect to "Gwrilkas"? No entiendo.

                1. re: chrishei

                  Shit. My bad. Stupid fone.

                  Guerilla Tacos.

                  1. re: kevin

                    It's really good IMO. Not cheap though.

                    1. re: chrishei

                      Is the protocol to also grab an espresso ?????

                      I may have to skip it today due to the LA Hurricane.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I haven't been to Handsome - I go for lunch on Wednesday when they're at Cog. Grabbed a coffee only once, but it was good. I just usually don't associate coffee + tacos.

                        1. re: chrishei

                          Thats right. Culver City is much closer to me but it's only one day of the week right ??????

                          1. re: chrishei

                            I work down the street from there. Maybe I've seen you...

                            1. re: Butter Fight

                              I'm the fat Asian kid w/ short hair + hipster glasses.

                              1. re: chrishei

                                Along those lines I'm the skinny short white boy with long hair

                                1. re: Butter Fight

                                  I'll be there next week around noon - come say hi.

                                  1. re: chrishei

                                    i have lunch at 1230. I might just see you

                                2. re: chrishei

                                  Uh oh. Please don't say hipster.

                                  We really don't want to initiate WW111

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    If you're eating at Guerrilla're a hipster by definition.

                                    1. re: BacoMan

                                      Guisados has more hipsters than Guerrillas I think.

                                      1. re: chrishei

                                        Guisados is at least accessible to to non-hipsters by the locations.

                                        GT setsup on exclusively outside of two of the most hipsterified places in all of Los Angeles, and I doubt many non-hipsters would bother to seek them out.

                2. I quite like Guisados but agree the perfect exercise in heat is the habanero salsa at Chichen Itza. My word it is hot and fruity and fantastic.

                  1. Agreed. Went to the sunset location and got a sampler, GF got shrimp tacos. Unimpressed. Not bad, but not worth the drive.