Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.
54: Taco Sampler at Guisados.
Decisions are hard. At Guisados, chef Ricardo Diaz makes things a bit easier. The Boyle Heights taquería -- best known for its braised and stewed fillings and its thick, chewy homemade corn tortillas -- offers the Taco Sampler, a platter of six medallion-sized mini-tacos that are picked from about dozen menu options. It's their most popular item, and for good reason.
The tacos arrive in a blooming mosaic of colors, with each selection pointed out by a helpful server. There might be a smooth dark molé with shredded chicken, or a sautéed squash with cheese and corn, or a smoky cochinita pibil dabbed with habanero salsa. There might all of these or none of these -- the decision isn't really yours. Consider it a miniaturized Latin version of the Japanese omakase , which loosely translated means "trust the chef." And yes, this is the kind of place that rewards your faith.
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