2310 Whittier Blvd., Boyle Heights
Other locations: West Adams Palms
Guisado’s Boyle Heights
2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Boyle Heights
There's no short supply of Mexican food in LA, so when we say that Guisados has some of the best, it's a hefty stamp of approval. Guisado is the Spanish word for stew—the kind of slow-braised, spiced meats that taste just as good with a side of rice and beans as they do starring in a taco—and that's exactly where this spot excels. Slow roasted pork with pickled red onions is the fan favorite, but they also do excellent fish, steak, and chicken. The original is in Boyle Heights, though they've since expanded to Echo Park, West Hollywood, and Downtown.
103 N. Boyle Ave., Boyle Heights
This lending library lets readers borrow or buy books in a very relaxed way, as the staff here seems to care more about getting people to read the books than buy them, and lending times, unlike a typical library, vary according to the length and difficulty of the novel. It's a little out of the way, but worth the trip if you're looking to do some serious reading.