Location2025 East First Street
Los Angeles, California
Armando De La Torre Jr is the son of Armando De La Torre Sr. Together, they own and operate five locations of Guisados, a beloved taqueria with roots in Boyle Heights.
Al & Bea’s is a Boyle Heights standby; they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary a few years ago. Some of my earliest memories are of coming to work with my father at his office in the neighborhood and coming here for lunch. You see a lot of families, and it’s right next to a youth center, so there are a lot of students too. It’s just a great neighborhood restaurant.
My pops and I still go here pretty often for the combination burrito with beef, beans, and cheese. It’s very simple, and the flavors are all there. Ask for a side of salsa, which is hot (not spicy hot, but hot like the temperature of soup), and put a little on each bite as you eat.
Al & Bea’s has also had a bit of an influence on Guisados. They primarily focus on burritos, and we wanted that same focus with Guisados, but on tacos. Do one thing and do it well.