Welcome to the 18th installment of our guest-critic series, Free Lunch. This week we had the pleasure of treating kcet.org commenter Libby Regoaka thelustygluttonto Guisados in Boyle Heights which serves "traditional homestyle braises on fresh handmade tortillas."
Libby is an educator and foodie who has been a member of Yelp's Elite Squad since 2009. That achievement got her invited to be a guest judge on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen. Most recently, and perhaps because school is out, Libby has been busy launching her blog, thelustyglutton.
An American of Italian ancestry, Libby loves Mexican food, considers herself a taco expert and feels right at home in the culture. When it came to Guisados, she decided to order the taco sampler which in her case included tinga de pollo, bistek en salsa rojo, calabacitas (vegetarian), hongos en cilantro (vegetarian) and mole poblano. To wash it all down, she asked for the Arnoldo Palmero which is Guisado's version of an Arnold Palmer made with agua de limon and jamaica (instead of iced tea).
Being a fan of tacos myself, it was great to watch Libby enjoying her free lunch. There are so many taco stands and places in L.A., and opinions to go along with them, that we could produce a series of videos solely focused on tacos.
Guisados is located in the heart of Boyle Heights, which has plenty of street parking, but they also have a small parking lot around back. During our visit, it became apparent to us that many of the patrons had made a pilgrimage to sample these fine looking tacos.
So what do you think about Libby's review? Would you like to see more taco reviews? If you have some restaurant recommendations for us, please add them to this discussion.
Keep on Lunching!
2100 E. Cesar Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033