Tamales from Guisados
Neighborhood: Boyle Heights
2100 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles
Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5p.m. Sunday.
At a bustling corner in Boyle Heights, the restaurant serves up tacos and tamales with its namesake filling: guisados (stewed and simmered meats). The restaurant sometimes runs out of items on the chalkboard menu around mid afternoon so plan on going early. The tamales are stuffed with a variety of the guisados, but the mole poblano with chicken in a deep, sweet spicy mole sauce is a must try. For a sweeter treat, try the shredded coconut and pineapple tamale.
511 S. Garfield Ave., Alhambra
Special available 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday.
Alhambra, a haven for inexpensive Chinese food, is not quite known for Mexican, but you'll be hard-pressed to find cheaper tacos elsewhere. El Ranchero's tacos are on the small side, so you may need four or five to fill up, but fortunately, you can get 10 for $5. Options include chicken, beef or pork.