The smell of chiles and meat simmering in a stew, wafting through the house as the sun goes down.
If you grew up in a traditional Mexican home, guisados brought you comfort and familiarity; with every ingredient serving its purpose guisados are a true labor of love. They were the weekday preparations—simply braised, usually served with a side of rice, beans, and warm tortillas. Mom would start mixing spices and broths as soon as she got home from her morning errands. Its almost as if she just couldn't wait for the family to be together at the dinner table and enjoy what she'd be working on all day.
Born in Boyle Heights in December 2010, Guisados set out to serve homestyle braises on handmade corn tortillas; tortillas made to order from the fresh ground masa next door at Carnitas Uruapan. We created a simple menu, one which reminded us of home and how mom spent her afternoons. It’s that same feeling that we try to put into every bite—because simply put, it’s just how we ate.
Within 5 years we’ve expanded from the comfort of our first four walls to locations in Echo Park, the historic core of Downtown LA, vibrant West Hollywood, the production capital city of Burbank, a humble location in a Beverly Hills parking lot, and most recently the Rose City of Pasadena. Along the way we've cultivated a community of artists through our Featured Artist Program, grown our Guisados family to almost 100 employees, and all throughout, remained true to our homestyle cooking.
Being so close to home, our stews and masa are still made and delivered from the Boyle Heights location—multiple times a day—in order to ensure freshness and love in every bite.
We do this not to change the world, but rather show the world just how talented mom really was.
“Just the way my mom used to make it."